Together with five dancers and seven musicians from Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Laurent Chétouane presents a revised version of Johann Sebastian Bach’s composition that was premiered in 1724.
After M!M and 15 Variationen über das Offene the production forms the closing part of a trilogy on togetherness.
If one puts J. S. Bach’s St John Passion on stage as a dance work, it is not Pilate’s cross-examination of Jesus that is staged. The focus is on listening to this ‘spectacular machine’ about suffering and death: in the same way as the dancers, spontaneously organised in the space and without the security of a fixed choreography, in a dual sense ‘moved’, touched, changed and shaken, the effect of this music should also be conveyed to the spectators.
In BACH / PASSION / JOHANNES, the choreographer asks what remains of the biblical story that is among the greatest narratives of Christianity. What is our togetherness based on? Into what community can we still merge today as freely and critically thinking people? How can a feeling of belonging be created? Or put quite simply: How can emotions be shared? In any case, the body gripped by the power of this music can and should demonstrate this here.
With: Lisa Densem, Emmanuelle Bernard, Lotte Dibbern, Timoti Fregni, Clara Gervais, Senem Gökce Ogultekin, Nari Hong, Tilman Kanitz, Tammin Julian Lee, Ildiko Ludwig, Nitsan Margaliot, Mikael Marklund, Yumi Onda, Michael Rauter, Beltane Ruiz, Mari Sawada und Sigal Zouk
Choreography: Laurent Chétouane and the dancers
Musical arrangement: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
Assistance choreography: Leonie Rodrian
Costumes: Sophie Reble
Light: Stefan Riccius
Sound: Johann Günther
Dramaturgical advice: Leonie Otto
Body coaching: Patricia Brülhart
Assistance costume: Lydia Sonderegger
Assistance touring: Lisa Blöchle
Production Management: Christine Kammer, Hendrik Unger
A production by Johannespassion GbR in collaboration with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop. Co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kampnagel Hamburg, Kaaitheater Brüssel, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Tanzquartier Wien, Maillon – Théâtre de Strasbourg / Scène européene, TAP – Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Metz en Scène, Tanzhaus NRW, House On Fire with support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
Funded by Basisförderung Berlin / Der Regierende Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. / 3-jährige Konzeptionsförderung aus Mitteln des Bundes.
Supported by Rudolf Augstein Stiftung and Dock11/Eden***** Berlin.