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Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Stream

Based at Theaterhaus Stuttgart, the ensemble led by Eric Gauthier of Canada has a mission: to bring as many people as possible into contact with dance and to entice people to come to the theatre – even those who have never considered doing so before. For this highly active leader in the field of dance, mediation is a matter of honour; he is also motivated by a strong interest in social issues. However, the fundamental requirement here, in all initiatives and formats, is artistic quality. This manifests itself firstly in the company itself, which leaves nothing to be desired in terms of virtuosity and technical perfection, and secondly in the many renowned choreographers who create in Stuttgart. The programme Stream was conceived specially for the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps and is typical of this company, in that it encompasses six works at once: Mauro Bigonzetti, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Po-Cheng Tsai and Nadav Zelner are all involved, while Gauthier himself also contributes a piece. Swift, poetic, grotesque and repeatedly humorous – here, light is shed on the multifaceted possibilities of dance in very different colours. Gauthier Dance conjures up a magnificently lively spectacle of dance impressions on stage, as an invitation to think along, to laugh along and to enjoy.

Eric Gauthier

Eric Gauthier

Born in Montreal, Canada, Eric Gauthier danced for the National Ballet of Canada before switching to the Stuttgart Ballet in 1996. In 2005, he began to choreograph, with great success. He founded Gauthier Dance at Theaterhaus Stuttgart in 2007 and took on the role of artistic director, whereby the company quickly become successful, also internationally. Gauthier is significantly committed to social issues. Here, he repeatedly develops innovative concepts. In 2015, he launched the COLOURS International Dance Festival for Theaterhaus Stuttgart. Picture: Maks Richter

Po-Cheng Tsai

Po-Cheng Tsai

Po-Cheng Tsai studied dance at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. He made his international breakthrough as a choreographer with the piece Floating Flowers. He has won several awards, including the Audience Award at the international choreography competition Choreography 28 in Hanover. In Taiwan, Po-Cheng Tsai has been running his own independent company B.DANCE since 2014. Audiences in Switzerland already experienced him in 2017 as guest choreographer at the Lucerne Theatre. Picture: Johnson Wang

Nadav Zelner

Nadav Zelner

After obtaining an education in dance, Nadav Zelner spent a year dancing as a member of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, before deciding to pursue a career as a freelance choreographer. In his mid-twenties, he is already seen as one of the most promising up-and-coming choreographic talents in Isreal’s far-from-poor dance scene. In addition to musicals, he also creates contemporary dance productions, with significant support from the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.

Itzik Galili

Itzik Galili

Itzik Galili (b. 1961 in Tel Aviv) created his first choreographies when he was still a dancer at Batsheva Dance Company, which won him an award. In 1991, he founded his own company, Galili Dance, in the Netherlands. From 1997 to 2008, he worked in Groningen as artistic director of the publicly funded company NND / Galili Dance. Together with Krisztina de Châtel, he has been running Dansgroep Amsterdam since 2009. His oeuvre now includes over 60 creations. He is sought-after worldwide as a guest choreographer. Picture: Gadi Dagon

Andonis Foniadakis

Andonis Foniadakis

Born in Crete, Andonis Foniadakis first danced at Béjart Ballet Lausanne, then at the Lyon Opera Ballet and at Saburo Teshigawara’s company KARAS. In 2003, he founded his own company, Apotosoma, in Lyon. He is internationally successful as a guest choreographer and creates new works in Switzerland for ensembles in Geneva, Bern and Lucerne. Foniadakis has been running the Greek National Opera Ballet since September 2016. Picture: Ruggero Mengoni

Mauro Bigonzetti

Mauro Bigonzetti

Mauro Bigonzetti (b. 1960 in Rome) began his career as a dancer in Rome and at Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia. In 1993, he began to work solely on choreography. In 1997, he was appointed as artistic director of Aterballetto, which he turned into one of the highest-profile dance ensembles in Europe. From 2008 to 2012, he remained affiliated with this company as house choreographer, while making guest appearances at major companies around the world. Bigonzetti has been directing at Corpo di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala from March to October 2016. Picture: Nando Vescusio

Programme:

Floating Flowers1
Alte Zachen2
The Sofa3
Ballet 1024
Streams5
Cantata6

Choreography:

1Po-Cheng Tsai; 2Nadav Zelner; 3Itzik Galili; 4Eric Gauthier; 5Andonis Foniadakis; 6Mauro Bigonzetti

Music:

1Zoe Keating; 2Howard A. Roberts; 3Tom Waits; 4Audio collage: Jens-Peter Abele, Eric Gauthier; 5Julien Tarride; 6Original music and traditional music from Southern Italy – composed, arranged and played live by Assurd feat. Enza Pagliara; Serenata: composition by Amerigo Ciervo

Stage design:

1Po-Cheng Tsai; 3Janco van Barneveld, Natasja Lansen; 5Andonis Foniadakis

Costumes:

1Po-Cheng Tsai; 2Ofir Hadad; 3Janco van Barneveld, Natasja Lansen; 4Eric Gauthier; 5Andonis Foniadakis; 6Helena de Medeiros

Lighting:

1Ting-Chung Chang; 2Nadav Zelner; 3Itzik Galili, Benno Veen; 4Eric Gauthier; 5Sakis Birbillis; 6Carlo Cerri

Dancers:

12; 22; 33; 42; 513; 614

Production:

Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Premiere:

114th of February, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hongkong/Gauthier Dance: 30th of April 2015, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; 22nd of May 2015 Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv, Israel/Gauthier Dance: 10th of March 2016, Waiblingen, Bürgerzentrum; 31996, Ballet Gulbenkian, Lisbon/Gauthier Dance: 3rd of July 2008, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; 41st of March 2017, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; 51. März 2017, Theaterhaus Stuttgart; 62001, Ballet Gulbenkian, Lisbon/Gauthier Dance: 12th of July 2012, Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Swiss premieres:

Streams, Ballet 102, Alte Zachen

More information:

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart