Compagnie Tabea Martin
Duration: 60–70 mins.
Art is precious. Dancing is even more so, as each movement irretrievably vanishes at the very moment in which it is born. What would be more suitable than dance to reflect our transience in poetic ways? The Basel choreographer Tabea Martin has dedicated an entire trilogy to this topic: Following «This is my last dance» (2018) and «Forever» (2019) she now concludes it in a co-production with the Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps and the organisers’ network Expédition Suisse. «Nothing Left» examines the impact that the death of others has on us. While for the dying, a process ends with death, those who are left behind are faced with a new and troubled beginning. Those who have died no longer respond: dialogue becomes a monologue. Deaths caused by war or disaster are equally distressing. Can we simply continue to live? We are helpless when faced with a phenomenon which is an invariable fact of our existence. Ignoring the usual taboos, Tabea Martin takes a close look, resists the moment and questions it. Dance opens up a new level of communication for the inexpressible. «Maybe it will become a big party», says Tabea Martin and she is dead serious. Anyone who knows this artist also knows that onstage one must be prepared for everything, in the best sense.
Tabea Martin, born 1978 in Switzerland, studied modern dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. She has been a dancer with companies in the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland. In 2006, she graduated in choreography at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie. She has been internationally successful with works created for her own company, such as «Pink for Girls & Blue for Boys» (2016), «This is my last dance» (2018) and «Forever» (2019). Tabea Martin, who has received multiple awards, is also sought after as a guest choreographer. From 2010 to 2014 and from 2016 to 2019, the co-production model PRAIRIE of Migros Culture Percentage sponsored various projects by Tabea Martin. Picture: Kostas Maros
Stage and costumes assistant:
Patrik Rimann, Martin Wigger
Irina Müller, Moos van den Broek
Miguel do Vale, Tamara Gvozdenovic, Daniel Staaf, Lohan Jacquet, Emeric Rabot, Maria de Dueñas Lopez, Panos Malactos, Daniela Escarleth Romo Pozo
Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps, Expédition Suisse (Kaserne Basel, Gessnerallee Zurich, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Dampfzentrale Bern, Theater Chur, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne)
PRAIRIE – the co-production model by Migros Culture Percentage with innovative Swiss theatre and dance companies, committee for dance and theatre of the Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council
25/4/2020, Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps, Kaserne Basel