CLOSE-UP 2.0

performance ⏳ 47 min

performance ⏳ 47 min

CLOSE-UP 2.0


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The concert pianist Cécile Thevenot performs hers and Thierry Zaboitzeffs compositions at the grand piano.

Five female dancers - bodies in concert - enter the stage, creating a physical dialogue with the pianist's performance, thus embodying and externalising the interior sounds and texture of the music.

Fantastical creatures - distorted, constricted and oppressed - invade the concert pianist’s perfect harmonic world, so that even the artificially encapsulated world of high culture, where the pursuit of perfection doesn’t leave any room for doubts, cannot escape from the tension of everyday cares and worries. Nightmarish realities and fears, but also a shadow of the desire for freedom, appear as incarnated thoughts and feelings. The five dancers’ moving bodies - sometimes individually, sometimes in pairs, sometimes a seemingly inextricable agglomeration of extremities - constitute and articulate the physicality and motivations of strange, otherwordly creatures. Are they the pianist’s alter egos or dark suppressed aspects of her soul? While she is playing, these beings become her fellow antagonists and collaborators. They are suffused by the dense, mighty live music and then are driven or tortured, hunted or released, by the sounds around them. They resist – and they react.

Choreography, artistic direction: Editta Braun
Arrangement, composition, live-piano: Cécile Thévenot
Composition, musical direction: Thierry Zaboitzeff
Dance, movement research: Sandra Hofstötter, Anna Lis, Martyna Lorenc, Anna Maria Müller, Sonia Borkowicz (Katja Bablick)

Light design: Thomas Hinterberger
Dramaturgy: Gerda Poschmann-Reichenau
Photos: Bettina Frenzel
Management: Antje Papke
Production: Austrian Ministry of Culture, City of Salzburg, Region of Salzburg,  tanz_house Salzburg
Co-production:
 KosmosTheater Vienna, ARGEkultur Salzburg, manipulate Festival Edinburgh, Posthof Linz, Tallin Treff Festival, klagenfurter ensemble
Premiere: 2017

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photo credit: Bettina Frenzel

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