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Wesenwelt

Kristin Ryg Helgebostad

Warpscapes

Sergiu Matis

Two new artistic signatures for the company:

For "Wesenwelt", choreographer Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and composer and carillonist Laura Marie Rueslåtten transform the ensemble into a collective musical instrument. All the dancers hold at least one bell in their hands - each with a different pitch. Every movement leads to a sound and every sound requires a movement.

"Warpscapes" by Romanian choreographer Sergiu Matis deals with the human framing of nature. Landscapes are created on stage, which the dancers inhabit as not-only-human creatures. Dance thus creates an approach to nature without having to negate its artificiality.

Bockenheimer DepotFrankfurt

  • Fri26.04.202420:00
  • Sat27.04.202420:00
  • Sun28.04.202416:00
  • Wed01.05.202420:00
  • Thu02.05.202420:00
  • Fri03.05.202420:00
  • Sat04.05.202420:00
  • Sun05.05.202416:00

Disclaimer: "Warpscapes" contains loud music with some sudden loud noises. Earplugs for your protection are available at the entrance.

Accompanying Program
Premiere party

26.04.2024 in Frankfurt

Following the performance, we cordially invite you to the premiere party. Free admission.

Post-show talk

27.04.2024 in Frankfurt

Find out more about the background to the production and the artists involved. The talk will be held in English.

ClosiNG

05.05.2024 in Frankfurt

On the last day of the performance, we invite the audience to end the evening with us at the bar. Get to know the ensemble in an intimate atmosphere.

Press reviews

“This very consistent, inspiring and powerful double bill allows us to get to know two different artistic styles. On the one hand, it picks up on many things that are currently on our minds (...) and on the other, it always opens up associative spaces that go far beyond concrete questions.” – hr2 Frühkritik

“As organically wondrous as the first, as energetically gripping the second contribution” – Frankfurter Neue Presse

“Wonderfully hypnotic!” – Wiebke Hüster, FAZ

Wesenwelt

  • Concept, Choreography
    • Kristin Ryg Helgebostad
  • Dance
    • Tänzer*innen der Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company
  • Dramaturgy
    • Philipp Scholtysik
  • Costumes
    • Kristin Ryg Helgebostad
  • Composition
    • Laura-Marie Rueslåtten (Glocken)
    • Simen Dieserud Thornquist (Lied)

For "Wesenwelt" choreographer Kristin Ryg Helgebostad and composer and carillonist Laura-Marie Rueslåtten transform the ensemble into a collective musical instrument. All the dancers hold at least one bell in their hands - each with a different pitch. Every movement leads to a sound and every sound requires a movement, which makes the music visible.

On stage the ensemble acts as a collective subject in which each individual is dependent on the group and vice versa. What happens, if they can’t join together like well-oiled cogs in a gearbox? The collective whole can only exist, if it can include deviations. This results in a vulnerability which affects the collective as well as all its members - a precarious state that can only be balanced through humour.

As with a beehive, it is difficult to tell whether one is dealing with a single swarm-like creature or a multitude of individuals. And are they human? Who's to say!

Kristin Ryg Helgebostad

Kristin Ryg Helgebostad is a dancer and choreographer who combines a wide range of performative and choreographic strategies in her practice. She studied contemporary dance and choreography at the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Norway, and now works with a range of partners.

Her pieces have been performed at various festivals and have toured Europe. She created “Soil Girl” and “Spoiler” together with the trio Berstad/Helgebostad/Wigdel. Laura Marie-Rueslåtten is one of Norway’s few professional carillon players. Together the two artists founded the handbell ensemble Ula Metall and created the pieces “Me Too/Thee Too” and “Cheers”.

Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen: Todd Baker, Louella May Hogan, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzerin: Louella May Hogan, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Press reviews

“With a great deal of humor, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad's "Wesenwelt" examines the relationship between the collective and the sometimes obstinate individual. Together with carillonist Laura-Marie Rueslåtten, the Norwegian forms a musical organ from the cautiously awakening ensemble.” – Frankfurter Neue Presse

“A strange world all of its own: wonderful, enigmatic, hypnotic. (...) Everything is alive here and holds each other together, forming a many-armed, many-legged, clothed being, a different kind of nature study.” – Wiebke Hüster, FAZ

Interview

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Warpscapes

  • Choreography
    • Sergiu Matis
  • Dance
    • Tänzer*innen der Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company
  • Composition
    • Antye Greie-Ripatti
  • Voice
    • Ashley Alexandra Wright
  • Dramaturgy
    • Philipp Scholtysik
    • Mila Pavićević
  • Costumes
    • Dorothee Merg
    • Yan Leiva
  • Video edit
    • Calvin Lanz

In the European painting tradition landscapes are always framed via their relation to humans. They are displayed as the scene of communal rites, as gardens and forests that belong to a place and make it a homeland, as commodities that can be appropriated. From the immediate surroundings to the shores of the continent and beyond the European landscape paintings give a distorted image of the environment, resulting in a society that has a distorted relationship to the world. "Warpscapes" engages with these distortions, pursues them, exaggerates them and thus attempts to newly open up to nature in an artificial way.

Landscapes are created on stage, which the dancers inhabit as not-only-human creatures, which they design and examine, which they observe and in which they disappear. Discovering distortions and amplifying them, warping is the central method in order to approach the constant and contradictory changes in the living world – without having to negate its artificiality.

Sergiu Matis

Sergiu Matis is a Romanian choreographer living in Berlin since 2008. He created dance performances such as "Neverendings" (2017), "Hopeless." (2019), "Extinction Room" (2019), "Unrest" (2021), "Drang" (2022) and "Blazing Worlds" (2023). His work has been presented at festivals throughout Europe.

His dance practice can be understood as a tireless search in physical and digitalized archives. His performances provoke intense experiences that break with expectations, point to a new understanding of dance and reflect the complexity of our time.

Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer: Samuel Young-Wright, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzerin: Louella May Hogan Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzer*innen der DFDC, Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Tänzerinnen: Marina Kladi, Noémie Larcheveque Foto: Dominik Mentzos
Press reviews

“They examine the forces of nature in silhouettes in front of projector light and play casually with exaggerations and distortions. (...) – Frankfurter Neue Presse

“Very reflective and multi-layered” – Wiebke Hüster, FAZ

“Energetically gripping” – Frankfurter Neue Presse

Interview

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