Rabih Mroué / DANCE ON ENSEMBLE

Elephant & You should have seen me dancing Waltz
Big stage
Dates
28.02.2020 – 29.02.2020
Tanzendes Paar
Zwei Menschen liegen auf dem Bauch wie tot auf der Bühne
Tanzende Frau, im Hintergrund tanzender Mann
Mann mit Tageszeitung über dem Kopf
Tanzender Mann

One double evening will present two works by interdisciplinary Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué, works he created for the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE. DANCE ON is a project that provides a unique experience of a treasure trove of works and the artistic potential spanning more than 40 years. It was relaunched under Ty Boomershine’s direction in 2018.
In the “Elephant” piece, dancers Ty Boomershine, Jone San Martin and Marco Volta move in dialogue with geometrical patterns, probe for their fabrication and lose their way within them. During their rescue attempts, the desire for togetherness and the obstacles of loneliness, barely conquerable, become clearly tangible.
“You should have seen me dancing Waltz” contrasts dance’s potential ambiguity with the alleged clearness of newspaper headlines. How do reports on violence, catastrophes and political fights influence dancers’ bodies? Does a language of violence even extend so far as to change movement? Together with the dancers, Rabih Mroué negotiates this almost unseizable complex in a very personal manner.
Rabih Mroué succeeds, like only a few others do, to combine his aesthetic exploration with a political one: “You cannot escape politics in art. My works are of a political nature because they pose questions and share ideas with the audience, without resorting to propaganda.”

Duration: 60 min. / in English with German subtitles

Accompanying programme
Fri 28.02. talk afterwards "It's  Your Turn!"
Sat 29.02. 19:00 Physical Introduction

"Elephant" Concept, director: Rabih Mroué in cooperation with Ty Boomershine and Jone San Martin; Dance: Ty Boomershine, Jone San Martin, Marco Volta; Lighting: Patrick Lauckner, Tanja Rühl; Sound, composition: Mattef Kuhlmey; Costumes: Sophia Piepenbrock-Saitz; assistant director: Jacqueline Azarmi. "You should have seen me dancing Waltz" Concept, director: Rabih Mroué in cooperation with the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE; Dance: Anna Herrmann, Emma Lewis, Christine Kono, Marco Volta; Lighting: Arno Truschinski; Sound: Mattef Kuhlmey; Costumes: Sophia Piepenbrock-Saitz; Assistant director: Clarissa Omiecienski.
"Elephant" is a production of DANCE ON/DIEHL+RITTER, co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. It is produced for the DANCE ON Festival funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds; co-funded by Programm Kreatives Europa der Europäischen Union as a part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON. "You should have seen me dancing Waltz" is a production of DANCE ON/DIEHL+RITTER, co-produced by ONASSIS STEGI and Kampnagel Hamburg, supported by the NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ Koproduktionsförderung Tanz, funded by Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. DANCE ON is a initiative der DIEHL+RITTER gUG. It is funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.  An event in the framework of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.