for four

A dance performance with live music (2014)

Does dance necessarily have to follow the music and it, in turn, the score, which itself is beholden to the composition? What does it mean to follow? In “for four”, Stephanie Thiersch and the Asasello Quartet – adventurously yet sensitively encourage unexpected encounters and poetic collisions.

In “for four”, Stephanie Thiersch devotes herself to the tonal, but also the theatrical-choreographic qualities of the string quartet in a manner rarely explored before, and dares the greatest-possible mutual convergence of dancer’s, musicians’ and acoustic bodies. Musical and physical resonating spaces are jointly explored – adventurously balanced between surrender and the preservation of irreconcilably distinct qualities. Dance audibly becomes music; the motions of the musicians a visible choreography, and the position of the unseen conductor, director and sound choreographer repeatedly placed at disposal. Moreover, through the very subtle modern music – which is often divided into minute musical transitions and evades every cliché of danceability – combined with humorous seriousness, the piece challenges more than just our sense of hearing that has become so accustomed to urban noise.

Credits

Choreography: Stephanie Thiersch; Creation and Performance: Rostislav Kozhevnikov (first violin), Barbara Kuster (second violin), Justyna Śliwa (Viola), Wolfgang Zamastil (Cello) | Viviana Escalé, Mu-Yi Kuo, Valentí Rocamora i Torà; Stage, Lightdesign, Photography: Martin Rottenkolber; Costumes: Sabine Schneider; Dramaturgical Advice: Anna Volkland; Technical Direction: Niko Moddenborg; Assistence: Jan Rohwedder; Management: Béla Bisom; Production Management: Karolin Henze

A production by
MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch in cooperation with the Asasello-Quartet.

Co-produced by: tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, freihandelszone – Ensemblenetzwerk Köln.

Funded by: Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.

double bill with Nature Morte