Project Description

Fascinated by the work of German choreographer Mary Wigman, one of the pioneers of modern dance, dancer and choreographer Fabián Barba reconstructed her expressionist pieces, which were performed in the United Stated in the beginning of the 1930’s, based on videos, photos and dancers’ accounts. In his first work with Wigman’s repertoire, Schwingende Landschaft, Barba created a cycle based on seven solos from 1929. A Mary Wigman dance evening comes from more extensive material created by the German artist and further develops the tension between the original pieces and their restagings.

Fabián Barba created the collective Busy Rocks with five other P.A.R.T.S. students. After participating in some collective creations, he created his first solo piece in 2009. Parallel to his own creative work, he collaborates as a performer with artists such as Thomas Hauert/ZOO, DD Dorvilier and Olga de Soto. He was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe for A Mary Wigman dance evening. His research based on the universe of the expressionist choreographer and dance history lead him to give lectures about the subject throughout Europe.

Concept and dance: Fabián Barba
Mentors:
Katharine Sehnert, Irene Sieben and Susanne Linke
Costumes:
Sarah-Christine Reuleke
Lights:
Geni Diez
Composition music for AnrufPastorale,Seraphisches Lied, Sturmlied and SommerlicherTanz:
Hanns Hasting
Composition music for Raumgestalt,Zeremonielle Gestalt and Drehmonotonie:
Sascha Demand
Production:
K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie, Tanzplan Hamburg (DE)
Co-production:
Fabrik Potsdam (DE) in the frame of Tanzplan Potsdam Artists-in-Residence, Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels, BE), wp Zimmer (Antwerp, BE)
Support:
Mary Wigman Gesellschaft (Hamburg, Bremen, DE), PACT Zollverein Essen (DE).
With travel support of the Flemish authorities.
Tour management:
Caravan Production
Special thanks to
Stephan Dörschel, Timmy De Laet. Many other thanks to the many other people that have come to see rehearsals and had given me their time to let me know about their impressions, comments, and share their knowledge with me.