Bronze by Gold

Production 2015

The entire insanity of our seeking odyssey through life becomes visible in Thiersch’s amazingly multifaceted and impressive images (…) A terrific experience!” tanznetz.de

The unleashed sounding bodies are choreographed in a haunting manner. „Bronze by Gold“ leads into absolut exhaustion. Only the DJ keeps on turning his vinyls.” Der Tagesspiegel

An elaborate piece of dance. Intoxicating until the very last minute.” Westfälische Nachrichten

Stephanie Thiersch stays true to her own language, to her style. One sees bodies twitching, running and dancing, at a hectic pace or in slow motion. They tear at each other, lick each others arms, scenes that show love, desperation and insanity, themes that bring us back to Beethoven.” Bonner General-Anzeiger

In Stephanie Thiersch’s latest production, music and dance, intensities, rhythms and stillness coincide, intertwine and mutually impede each other. The title, “Bronze by Gold”, found in the Sirens episode of Ulysses (J. Joyce), relates to the seductive coexistence and successiveness of contemporary dance, tableaux vivants, string quartet and club music. Each and every one shines, swirls or extinguishes: as a utopian community, seven performers, a string quartet and a DJ are brought to connect with each other, link, pull at each other – playfully and uncomfortably, indulgently and coerced. Bronze by Gold is reminiscent of an eclectic montage. It draws the audience in and shakes up iconic images of a society that celebrates itself, resigns, moves on, and has to survive.
The increasingly pioneering sounds created by the Asasello Quartet, ranging from Beethoven's “Grand Fugue” to Márton Illés’ “Torso V” and Hikari Kiyama’s “Raga Phi”, are joined by the pounding bass beats and virtuoso scratch techniques of Dj Elephant Power. 12 bodies become vortexes but nevertheless strive to assert themselves and go against the tide. In a world in which everything collocates and everything appears to self-align, they quest to make themselves noticed, each time in a different manner.

Cast

Concept/Choreography: Stephanie Thiersch; Asasello-Quartett: Rostislav Kozhevnikov (1. Violin), Barbara Kuster (2. Violin), Teemu Myöhänen (Cello), Justyna Śliwa (Viola);
 Dance: Matteo Ceccarelli, Marika Gangemi, Annamari Keskinen, Moo Kim, Colas Lucot, Chang Ik Oh, Camille Revol, Dance/2nd Cast: Viviana Éscale, Claudia Greco, Michele Meloni, Joel Suárez Gómez; Support: Manon Greiner;
 Electronic Music: Dj Elephant Power;
 Dramaturgy: Guy Cools; Choreographic-Musical Coaching: Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola;
 Choreographic Assistence: Viviana Escalé, Valentí Rocamora i Torà;
 Assistance: Liesa Harzer; Costumes: Fabien Almakiewicz;
 Stagedesign: Jasper Diekamp;
 Lightdesign: Nico de Rooij, Jürgen Kapitein;
 Outside Ear: Aleksandra Gryka; Technical Direction: Fabian Bleisch; Sound: Maximilian Johannson; Photography: Martin Rottenkolber; Production Management: Karolin Henze; Management: Béla Bisom.
Un grand merci à Chantal Grand!

Credits
A production by MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch in cooperation with the Asasello Quartet and Dj Elephant Power.

Co-produced by: Beethovenfest Bonn, Tanz im August, Hessisches Staatsballett / Staatstheater Darmstadt & Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf.
In cooperation with the Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster and Freihandelszone Köln.

Funded by: Kunststiftung NRW, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN). Co-production funding for dance provided by the federal government commissaries for culture and media on the basis of a decree by the German Federal Parliament; the NRW Ministry for the Family, Children, Young People, Culture and Sport, Cultural Office of the state capital Düsseldorf, RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur, Cultural Office of the City of Cologne.

The performance in Marrakech: is made possible by the support of Kunststiftung NRW, iDAS NRW and the project Shifting Realities.
The performance in Nimes: is made possible by the support of the Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Photography:

Marin Rottenkolber