World premiere

Ben J. Riepe

GESCHÖPFE
Big stage
Dates
29.10.2020 – 31.10.2020
Vier Performer*innen verziehen ihre Gesichter zu Fratzen
Ein Performer tanzt mit einer Schaufensterpuppe
Ein Performer mit rotem Tütü macht Seifenblasen

*Pandemic version

Ben J. Riepe and six performers shed light on the conditio humana, on human nature, between fragile creatureliness and one’s own creative, effectual powers, between deiform deed and hybris, between merciless exploitation of the environment and powerlessly being at the mercy of it – as both subject and object of a natural world order, with ourselves at its summit, as we perceive it. What new modes of communality may instead be imagined? Designed as a transmedia opera that choreographically connects movement, sculpture, dance, live singing, installation, sound and digital impulse, the reference space and canon of imagery in “GESCHÖPFE” ranges from the Frankenstein myth to cyborgs and chimaeras, from ancient Greek mythology to essays on the Anthropocene era.
Düsseldorf choreographer Ben J. Riepe originally studied dance, but now views his works positioned between the visual and the performing arts. He is fascinated by the tension in which the body is situated, and its role as an instrument, as a living object of art, and as a human being itself. His artistic creation is informed by the ephemerous and the abiding, even, by content and expression, by the political, social, emotional and the aesthetic, but also by possibilities, options, problems and requirement. “I work on the art of seduction and the seduction of art,” says Ben J. Riepe.

“Due to rising infection rates, the arrangement of the production “GESCHÖPFE” was altered and now differs from the originally conceived and rehearsed version and, in particular, allows less proximity onstage. However, we do not want to see this change solely as a limitation. It also offers the possibility of emphasizing the questions of our existence between subject and object formulated for the piece as well as formally adding to the production in its pandemic version with a comment on the artistic reality of our time.” Ben J. Riepe

Duration: 110 min.

Accompanying programme
Sat 31.10. with audio description

Concept, choreography,: Ben J. Riepe; Composition: Gordon Kampe; Choreographic assistance: Victor Zapata; Performance: Eray Gülay, Jolinus Pape, Paula Pau, Waithera Schreyeck, Igor Sousa, Leonie Türke;  Phonation: Carolina Rüegg; Technical Direction: Philipp Zander; Live-Musik: Shaghayegh Shahrabi (oboe), Enrico Taubmann (saxophone); Stage, Lighting Design: Ben J. Riepe, Philipp Zander; Sculptures: Moran Sanderovich, RaumZeitPiraten; Costume: Ben J. Riepe, Margit Koch; Technical director: Philipp Zander;  Tech crew: Manfred Nücken, Moritz Bütow; Film: Alexander Basile, Kurt Heuvens; Photo: Alexander Basile, Ursula Kaufmann; Project management: Jessica Prestipino; Research: Janine Blöß; Social Media: Daniel Ernesto Müller; Management, Communication: Nassrah-Alexia Denif; Coordination: Izaskun Abrego.
A production by Ben J. Riepe Kompanie, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw, funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste and BTHVN 2020.