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DANCE INVERSION

International Contemporary Dance Festival

High Breed/ Echoes From a restless soul/ Moto Perpetuo


Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company


The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is based in equal measure in the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jacopo Godani serves as artistic director of the company. The repertoire of the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company consists primarily of works by Godani. His goal is the production of a vibrant new choreographic language, one that requires virtuosity in its expression while posing physical challenges to the performers. On this journey, dance’s traditional heritage will converge with contemporary thought, giving rise to a highly unique ensemble.


Cooperation partners are the states of Saxony and Hesse and the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main, as well as private supporters and public sponsors.


Supported by the city of Dresden and the state of Saxony as well as the city of Frankfurt am Main and the state of Hesse. Company-in-Residence of both HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden and the Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt am Main.


High Breed


Choreography, light, stage, costumes: Jacopo Godani
Music: 48nord (Ulrich Müller & Siegfried Rössert)
Length: 25 minutes / 14 dancers
World Premiere: September 22, 2017, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden , Germany


In High Breed Jacopo Godani presents an elemental creation whose choreography – abstract and pure aesthetically – serves as the main means of artistic expression. With a physical intensity rich in action and in exactitude, virtually mathematical in its precision, Godani introduces the quintessence of the company’s identity.


By forgoing the super cial and emphasizing a masterful knowledge of technique in High Breed the audience experiences choreography as a signature event in the truest sense of that word.


Echoes from a restless soul


Choreography, light, stage, costumes: Jacopo Godani
Music: Maurice Ravel, Ondine & Le Gibet from Gaspard de la Nuit
Piano, Live Performance: Ruslan Bezbrozh
Length: 15 minutes /4 dancers
World Premiere: November 16, 2016, Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Echoes from a restless soul is set to Le Gibet and Ondine, both part of the Gaspard de la Nuit triptych, a composition for solo piano written by Maurice Ravel in 1908. The basis for this masterpiece is an earlier French poem by Aloysius Bertrand. On a creation of incredible virtuosity, Ravel brings Bertrand’s poems to life, employing an innovative piano technique within a classical form.


The choreographic elements in Echoes form a common thread, merging in an atmosphere that transcends time and place. In this eerie otherworldliness, Godani and the company offer an array of pas de deux and quartets that describes a landscape of artistic virtuosity. Through them, intricate and unending combinations of a formal relationship – the pas de deux – are presented. Godani enhances movement with pointe shoes while creating a remarkable freedom within certain aesthetic parameters – as the ones from a more classical approach. Ravel’s score will be performed live onstage by Ruslan Bezbrozh, the company’s accompanist and a renowned concert pianist.


Moto Perpetuo


Choreography, light, stage, costumes: Jacopo Godani
Music: 48nord (Ulrich Müller & Siegfried Rössert)
Length: 24 minutes / 16 dancers
World Premiere: November 16, 2016, Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


The program closes with the enthralling Moto Perpetuo, a choreography with a striking neoclassical matrix which allows classical ballet technique to evolve into a contemporary artistic statement. With sections of intense movement performed by the full cast, and extreme physicality highlighted by pointe work, this stunning piece reveals the company’s artistic essence and uniqueness. In this production, Godani collaborates once more with 48nord who provide the choreographer with a fascinating electronic musical horizon.

 

Photo Raffaele Irace