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Premier in Berlin, Staatsoper: 10. Sept. 2020
Berlin, Germany Staatsoper:
Strasbourg, France, Musica:
29.9.20 – 3.10.20: 2 performances
Basel, Switzerland, Gare du Nord
Further Performances in Denmark and Switzerland in the Spring of 2021 under negotiation!
WALK THE WALK
FOR FOUR PERFORMERS,
LIGHT AND SMOKE BY
Simon Steen-Andersen WITH
Ensemble This I Ensemble That
The startting point for this performance by the Danish composer and media artist Simon Steen-Andersen is the act of walking: One of the simplest actions that can take place on a theatre stage, merely a way to get from stage left to stage right, a sample of everyday life. But also inherently musical, inseparable from the notions of pulse, speed, rhythm, direction, synchronicity, and kinetic energy. Walking can define a space, carry semantics and expectations and is not for no reason historically a favourite theme of comedians on stage, film and tv, ranging from understatement to slapstick.
»A means of forward movement for those organic beings with voluntary movement and feet«, it says in an Encyclopaedia from the early 19th century. Only later with the invention of photography and film the scientists were able to visualise and understand the complexity of the movements and juxtapositions of balance. Inspired by the experimental settings of early movement researchers Simon Steen-Andersen sets out to deconstruct – in collaboration with the Swiss percussion quartet Ensemble This | Ensemble That – the phenomenon of walking as theatrical and musical material in a virtuosic game of causality and stage mechanics.