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When DANCE ON commissioned him for the first time, Rabih Mroué, a director who was born in Lebanon, had never worked with dancers. The result, Water Between Three Hands, combined his theatrical and textual knowledge with movement, with the dancers’ improvisations being set within graphic structures created by Rabih Mroué’s father. For this new work, premiered in February at the festival organised by DANCE ON ENSEMBLE at HAU (Berlin), he continues this unique dialogue, in which the performers are the creators of their own choreographic material.
In The Pixelated Revolution and So Little Time, the Lebanese director Rabih Mroué explores our visual culture. Based in Berlin for the past four years, he has collaborated with DANCE ON ENSEMBLE on two dance works.
Born in Beirut, Rabih Mroué is an artist, actor and director whose work stands at the intersection of the visual arts, performance and theatre. Using found documents, video sequences, photographs and objects, Rabih Mroué plays with the frontiets between reality and fiction to question the authority of archives. He now lives in Berlin.
A joint founder and board member of the Beirut Art Center (BAC), Rabih Mroué is also a member of the editorial team for The Drama Review (New-York), and is associated stage directo rat the Münchner Kammerspiele. From 2012 to 2015 he was associate researcher and the “Interweaving Performance Cultures” international research centre in Berlin. Recent works include: Ode to Joy (2015), Riding on a Cloud (2013) and 33 RPM and a Few Seconds (2012) with Lina Majdalanie. His work was exhibited at the MOMA in 2015 and dOCUMENTA 13. In spring 2016, the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre in Berlin presented Outside the Image Inside Us, a retrospective selection of his major pieces (in collaboration with Lina Majdalanie).
Centre national de la danse, Réalisation
Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).
DANCE ON ENSEMBLE
The DANCE ON ENSEMBLE embodies our central aim: to show how dance as an art form benefits from experienced dancers.
Whereas only young bodies are associated with beauty and virtuosity on stage, DANCE ON is formulating what will hopefully be a trend-setting perspective for the development and presentation of the artistic potential of mature dancers. The added physical intelligence, confidence and expressiveness of the latter arise from lived experience. In addition to sound knowledge of numerous dance techniques and choreographic styles, mature dancers also have in-depth awareness of the impact of their own bodies in movement.
As from 2019 Ty Boomershine will be responsible for upcoming artistic direction of the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE.
Interpretation : Ty Boomershine, Jone San Martin
Stage direction : Rabih Mroué - En collaboration avec Ty Boomershine et Jone San Martin
Original music : Mattef Kuhlmey
Lights : Patrick Lauckner, Tanja Rühl
Costumes : Sophia Piepenbrock-Saitz
Sound : Mattef Kuhlmey
Other collaborations : Assistant direction Jacqueline Azarmi
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Production DANCE ON/DIEHL+RITTER. Coproduction HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Avec le soutien de Hauptstadtkultur- fonds. Spectacle créé le 28 février 2018 à HAU Hebbel am Ufer – Berlin.