Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

Germany

21.3.2020.
20:00h | Sava Centar
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Alter Ego


choreography, light, stage, costumes: Jacopo Godani
music: 48nord

duration: 40’
premiere: HELLERAU-European Centre for the Arts, Dresden, 2019


In this piece, Godani once more pursues his artistic passion: the endless possibilities of metamorphosis in his choreographic work. It is a creation in which choreographic language has been set free, beyond known parameters. It is the opening to a new mode of perception. Human bodies manifesting animalistic characteristics create a universe of strange creatures: animals, half human and half insect, interacting and communicating with each other. But not stopping on all these transformations the choreographer continues on, enhancing the human body with angular shapes, thereby expanding aesthetic boundaries.


Al di Là


choreography, light, stage, costumes: Jacopo Godani
music: Arnold Schönberg, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) op. 4, (c) Universal Edition AG Wien

live performed by: Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor: Helmuth Reichel Silva

light operator: Jochen Göpfert
under cover stage set: Matthias Bringmann
 

duration: 31’
premiere: HELLERAU-European Centre for the Arts, Dresden, 2018 / Belgrade Dance Festival, 2020


Jacopo Godani creates a brand-new context for Schönberg’s composition “Transfigured Night”. He renews the invitation for the public to enter another world, to contemplate what the illusion of endless transformations, and the appropriation of life might look like. Through the artful use of choreography, costumes and set design, the dancers metamorphose into living beings. Living beings on their path to perform something that doesn’t yet exist. The process of becoming human appears to be entrusted to their will, and their bodily movements carry traits of abstract storytelling. This aesthetic approach to the experience of metamorphosis restores it to a poetic world. And the stage, as representational space, grows into a mythical narrative. Arnold Schönberg’s “Transfigured Night” is a string sextet for two violins, two violas, and two cellos, from 1899. It is one of the composer’s most-performed pieces, a kind of tone poem – that is, an instrumental composition with plot content for orchestra. Schönberg transferred the idea of symphonic poetry to the realm of chamber music. He arranged the original string sextet for string orchestra in 1917. This version is the basis of Godani’s choreography.


Supported by the city of Dresden and the state of Saxony as well as the city of Frankfurt am Main and the state of Hesse. Company-in-Residence of both HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts in Dresden and the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main.

Texts by: Luisa Sancho Escanero


Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jacopo Godani was born in La Spezia, Italy, where he began studying classical ballet and modern dance techniques in 1984 at the Centro studiDanza under the direction of LoredanaRovagna. He also pursued studies in visual arts for three years at the Fine Arts School of Carrara. In 1986, Godani was accepted to further his studies at Maurice Béjart's international dance centre Mudra in Brussels. Godani made his professional debut in 1988 performing with several Paris-based contemporary dance companies. In 1990, Godani formed his own Brussels-based company and began his choreographic career. His work in Brussels was produced by the theatre L'Atelier Saint-Anne and was supported by the Théâtre Plateau. From 1991 to 2000, Godani has been a leading soloist with William Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt and has collaborated with Forsythe on the choreographic creation of many of Ballet Frankfurt's most representative pieces. Godani developed his career as a choreographer creating original works for a vast range of international companies such as Royal Ballet Covent Garden, BayerischesStaatsballett, Compañía Nacional de Danza, NederlandsDans Theater, Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet British Columbia, Le Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, Corpo di ballo del Teatroalla Scala, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Finnish National Ballet, SemperoperBallett, Sydney Dance Company, “The Project” Israeli Opera  & Suzanne Dellal Centre, Het Nationale Ballet, Aterballetto, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Jacopo Godani has been appointed as Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company beginning with the 2015/2016 season. Godani's work is sophisticated while remaining highly physical and raw. He uses the collective working as one organism in a highly articulated way. Godani conceives all stages of work from the initial choreography through to designing the spaces, objects, enviroments and stage settings where his actions take place, writes text and concepts for his dramaturgical work, styles the image of interpreters conceiving costumes, engineers and develops innovative ways of using lighting, video and projections, and creates/edits music for some of his pieces. Godani formed a team of like-minded professionals to collaborate on the development of original ideas applied to all fields that require a creative and innovative concept to reflect the progressive perspective of our contemporary world.


The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is based in equal measure in the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jacopo Godani serves as artistic director of the company. The repertoire of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company consists primarily of works by Godani. His goal is the production of a vibrant new choreographic language, one that requires virtuosity in its expression while posing physical challenges to the performers. On this journey, dance’s traditional heritage will converge with contemporary thought, giving rise to a highly unique ensemble. Cooperation partners are the states of Saxony and Hesse and the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main, as well as private supporters and public sponsors. Supported by the city of Dresden and the state of Saxony as well as the city of Frankfurt am Main and the state of Hesse. Company is in Residence of both Dresden’s HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts and Frankfurt’s Bockenheimer Depot.


dancers of Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company: Felix Berning, Kevin Beyer, Tamás Darai, Roberta Inghilterra, Anne Jung, Clay Koonar, Barbora Kubátová, Amanda Lana, Zoe Lenzi Allaria, Viktoria Nowak, Michael Ostenrath, Vincenzo De Rosa, Carola Sicheri, David Leonidas Thiel, Tars Vandebeek, Sam Young-Wright

 

21.3.2020.
20:00h | Sava Centar
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