Tanz Luzerner Theater TLT
I am who I am who I am
Duration: 104 mins., with interval
Three strong personalities question the meaning of identity with virtuosity and humour.
British choreographer Carolin Finn takes a wild ride through fantasy and reality in search for the uniqueness in each and everyone of us. Ella Rothschild from Israel questions how one’s own identity changes in a group context. Swiss artist Jasmine Morand focuses on our visual perception, which is always subjective and never without a personal filter. How much can we really trust our perception, after all? «I am who I am who I am» – an intelligent, humorous and decidedly female view of the world!
Three premieres by three women packed into one production: a rarity in itself. The title of the production opening the 17th edition of Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps says it all: «I am who I am who I am». Kathleen McNurney, director of TLT since 2009, has formed an ensemble over the years which compares favourably with significantly bigger companies worldwide. In close collaboration with Steps, she has chosen three young guest choreographers, thus connecting the ensemble of TLT with the independent scene. The choreographers were all faced with the same task: to create a piece on the theme «identity». The result: cosmopolitan, individual and anything but identical.
Caroline Finn trained at the Arts Educational School (Tring Park) and at Julliard School in New York. She has danced for companies such as Ballet Preljocaj (F) and Compagnie Carolyn Carlson (F). Today she works around the world as an independent choreographer. In 2010, she won the production award at the Copenhagen International Choreography Competition; in 2014, she received the Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Award. From 2015 to 2018, she was resident choreographer at the National Dance Company Wales. Picture: Vreni Arbes
Ella Rothschild, born 1984 in Israel, is widely acknowledged as an outstanding voice in the younger generation of Israel’s lively dance scene. She has danced with Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company and Batsheva Dance Company. Since 2010, she has created her own choreographies, which are presented worldwide. In 2016, she received the Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts in Tel Aviv. Rothschild continues to dance on stage, recently doing so to a choreography by CrystalPite/Kidd Pivot for the Balletto Teatro di Torino. Picture: Rolex Robert Wright
Jasmine Morand, born 1977 in Zurich, trained at the École de Danse Classique Geneviève Chaussat in Geneva and at the Académie Princesse Grace de Monaco. The repeated prizewinner of the Migros Culture Percentage Study Prize for young art students, she has danced with companies such as Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine and Ballett Zürich. In 2008, she founded Compagnie Prototype Status based at Dansomètre in Vevey, a dance laboratory run and curated by her. In 2013, she received the art award of the Canton of Vaud and in 2018 the prize Label+ romand for her creation «LUMEN». Picture: Céline Michel
I am who Iam who I am
Caroline Finn, Jasmine Morand, Ella Rothschild
Zach Enquist, Elisabeth Gareis, Phoebe Jewitt, Giovanni Insaudo, Carlos Kerr Jr., Valeria Marangelli, Igli Mezini, Eduarda Pereira Santos, Flavio Quisisana, Aurélie Robichon, Sandra Salietti Aguilera, Andrea Thompson, Gonçalo Torres dos Reis, Tom van de Ven
Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps, Luzerner Theater
World premiere and festival opening:
23/4/2020, Luzerner Theater