Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference
My Generation. Three choreographies by Richard Siegal:
BoD (world premiere) / Excerpts of a Future Work on the Subjects of Chelsea Manning (world premiere) /
Thursday, May 11, 9 p.m. - TICKETS
Friday, May 12, 5 p.m. - TICKETS
Friday, May 12, 9 p.m. - TICKETS
Saturday, May 13, 9 p.m. - TICKETS
Running time: circa 90 minutes (including the intermission)
Admission price: € 28 / reduced admission price: € 12
Discussion with the artist on May 12
A reunion with Richard Siegal: He is presenting for the first time his new company Ballet of Difference, which he recently founded and which will open the DANCE festival with two world premieres. My Generation is the title of the triple feature evening that picks up on historical landmarks of pop culture and deconstructs them from the post-digital perspective of the 21st century – such as, for example, The Who's anti-culture hymn of the same title, which pounds out of the loudspeakers as an abstract techno remix by raster-noton's Atom™. In the third piece of the evening, Pop HD, Siegal masterly plays with the techniques and strategies of pop music. In a perfect mimicry of the pop culture establishment he uses the technical capabilities and energetic potential to the extreme – however, under a very critical aspect. Richard Siegal's works, his soli, group pieces, and works created according to the "if/then" method avoid codes and conventions, and they bring together extremes: not only in the volume and the silences, the élan and the tranquilities, but also in terms of the artists. "The dancers are the most important element," says the choreographer.
Richard Siegal, who founded in 2005 the artistic platform The Bakery, has received important awards for his work: the Bessie, New York Dance and Performance Awards; the S.A.C.D. Prize; the German theater award "Der Faust"; and in 2013 the Tanzpreis, the City of Munich's dance award . Siegal's new company Ballet of Difference is headquartered in Munich and unites very different dancers and prominent artists. The German fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm designed the costumes for "Pop HD," and the sets were designed by the prominent Icelandic designer Edda Gudmundsdottir, who gained attention internationally in particular through her collaborations with the Icelandic pop icon Björk. Stylistically precision work and stylistic design get the pulses racing here.
Concept and Choreography: Richard Siegal
Dancers: Claudia Ortiz Arraiza, Léonard Engel, Katherina Markowskaja, Yvonne Compaña Martos, Matthew Min Rich, Margarida Neto, Navarra Novy-Williams, Joaquim de Santana, Diego Tortelli, Lucas Valente, Ebony Williams
Music: Atom™, DJ Haram, Josiah Wise AKA Serpentwithfeet
Dramaturgy: Tobias Staab
Lighting Design: Gilles Gentner
Styling: Edda Gudmundsdottir
Costumes: Bernhard Willhem, Chromat/Becca McCharen, Marta Jaburowski
Ballett Mistress: Caroline Geiger
Company Teacher: Katherina Markowskaja
Project Management: Miria Wurm
Technical Director: Roman Fliegel
Press Relations: Nicola Steller
Production: Richard Siegal/The Bakery, and ecotopia dance productions
A coproduction with Tanz Köln; Schauspiel Köln; and Muffatwerk Munich.
Sponsored by the City of Munich's Department of Arts and Culture, and the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Richard Siegal is choreographer-in-residence at Muffatwerk Munich.