"Scènes du Geste" – Major compositions from the 20th century

Fri. 22.01.2016 8:00 pm ical
Sat. 23.01.2016 8:00 pm ical

Essen, PACT Zollverein

Scènes du geste

Perfomance event

We’re delighted to welcome the Centre national de la Danse (Paris) with a special edition of ›Scènes du Geste‹ a remarkable performance event, commissioned by the CND Paris and the Festival d’Automne, that revisits a constellation of artistic practices that have shaped dance and choreography today. Conceived by Christophe Wavelet and informed by artists, dramaturges and dance experts from all over Europe, the evening comprises a unique programme of solos and duets created by distinguished choreographers across time. In combination with rarely heard works of music performed live by the renowned Cologne based Ensemble Musikfabrik as well as diverse historic film footage, ›Scènes du Geste‹ is a tribute to some truly great artistic achievements that continue to inspire and challenge contemporary thinking. (

Frédéric Chopin | Walzer Nr. 7, Op. 64 No. 2
Steve Reich | Clapping Music (1972)
Iannis Xenakis | Mikka S (1976) für Violine
Helmut Lachenmann | Auswahl aus: Ein Kinderspiel. Sieben kleine Stücke (1980)
John Cage | 1. und 4. Satz aus Suite for Toy Piano (1948)
Claude Debussy | Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (1912) Fassung für Klavier zu vier Händen
Edgar Varèse | Density 21.5 (1936/46) für Flöte solo (nur am 22.1.)
Volker Staub | NN

Helen Bledsoe, flute
Dirk Rothbrust, percussion
Ulrich Löffler, piano
Benjamin Kobler, piano
Hannah Weirich, violin

Production, direction | Centre National de la Danse (Paris)
Co-production | Festival d’Automne (Paris)
Concept | Mathilde Monnier, Christophe Wavelet
Curator | Christophe Wavelet

In cooperation with Opéra national de Paris, Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris. Supported by Palais Galliera Mode
Museum (Paris) and Ciné 104 (Pantin).