Staatsballett Berlin

Duato | Shechter

1h 45m incl. intermission
Duato | Shechter is a double bill evening, with which the Staatsballett Berlin expands its aesthetic boundaries and breaks out of its own comfort zone. The British-Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter is one of the stars of the international dance scene. With his unsettling and excessive choreographies he is celebrated world-wide and of course also in Berlin, where in the past his company has performed many times at various dance festivals. With The Art of Not Looking Back he has now given one of his works to the repertory of the Staatsballett Berlin.

The Artistic Director of the Staatsballett Nacho Duato will device a new choreography for the double bill program. Under the working title Erde (Earth) and set to electronic sounds composed by Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Caballero he tackles questions about the ongoing destruction of our planet. After Herrumbre it is the Spaniard's second sociopolitical piece in the repertory of the Staatsballett, which once again proves that Nacho Duato masters the choreographic spectrum from the ballet classics such as The Nutcracker to contemporary aesthetics.
The first piece of the evening, The Art of Not Looking Back, was developed in 2009 for the Brigthon Festival in response to the latent (self-)accusation that Shechter would be better at working with men than with women. Taking on this provocation Hofesh Shechter has challenged his dancers in the rehearsals by giving them unusual tasks beyond the previous body experiences. Nacho Duato has deliberately taken the piece into the Staatsballett repertory as a mirror for his own choreography Castrati which was devised exclusively for male dancers.

For the second part of the evening, Nacho Duato brings Erde, a new creation, onto the stage of the Komische Oper. Together with more than two dozen dancers, Duato takes on a choreographic journey concerning  the current state of our planet. His artistic partners are Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Cabballero, who composed the musical frame. For the sets the Croatian artist collective NUMEN around Sven Jonke and for the costumes the Berlin-based designer Beate Borrmann.

Continuing his sociopolitical program, which most recently has found its expression in the choreography Herrumbre, the Artistic Director of the Staatsballett Berlin now asks how mankind is dealing with its by no means limitless living space. After all, humanity has brought itself to the edge of an abyss by wasting natural resources and by the thoughtless and profitable handling of the elements.
Please note: During the performance there are triggered sudden strong effects of light, laser and sound, that might go beyond the usual experience.