Dance On Ensemble | Berlin

Dance On Ensemble | Berlin

7 Dialogues


artistic direction, composition: Matteo Fargion
artistic collaborators: Ty Boomershine and Beth Gill, Amancio Gonzalez and Hetain Patel, Brit Rodemund and Lucy Suggate, Christopher Roman and Ivo Dimchev, Jone San Martin and Tim Etchels, Ami Shulman and Étienne Guilloteau
costume design: Claudia Hill
lighting design: Benjamin Schälike
sound design: Florian Fischer/Stephan Wöhrmann


premiere: 2016, Holland Dance Festival, The Hague
duration: 55’


dancers: Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin, Ami Shulman


co-production: Holland Dance Festival, Theater im Pfalzbau, tanzhaus nrw, with support from BASF SE

co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON / DANCE ON is a project by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

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What do you get when composer and performer Matteo Fargion reduces Schubert’s Erlkönig to its basic structure and hands this over to six highly skilled dance artists and six renowned choreographers and theatre-makers to engage in a dialogue on stage? The answer is an extraordinary experiment yielding six very individual and personal solos. Christopher Roman has been working with the Bulgarian performance artist Ivo Dimchev, Amancio Gonzalez with the London based visual artist Hetain Patel, Jone San Martin with the British director and performer Tim Etchells, Ty Boomershine with the New York choreographer Beth Gill, Brit Rodemund with the London based choreographer and dancer Lucy Suggate and Ami Shulman with the French choreographer Étienne Guilloteau. These distinctive voices come together to create work of pure dance, performance and dance theatre. Fargion is the seventh interlocutor as well as the composer of the music and the overall piece.


Matteo Fargion is a composer, performer and teacher. He has worked in dance and theatre for over 25 years, collaborating with leading choreographers and directors in the UK and abroad. Together with Jonathan Burrows, he has made a series of 10 duets conceived, choreographed, composed, administrated and performed together. “Both Sitting Duet” won a 2004 New York Dance and Performance 'Bessie' Award and “Cheap Lecture” was chosen for the prestigious 2009 Het Theater ¬ festival in Belgium. He has also written a lot of music for theatre, especially in Germany. He is also a long-time visiting member of faculty at PARTS, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels, where he has worked on a new approach to teaching composition to young choreographers.


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choreography: William Forsythe
artistic collaborators: Jill Johnson, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman
lighting design: Benjamin Schälike


premiere: 2016, Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen
duration: 15’


dancers: Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman


co-production: Theater im Pfalzbau, tanzhaus nrw, in cooperation with USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, Los Angeles, with support from BASF SE

co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON / DANCE ON is a project by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

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A summit in the best sense of the word: William Forsythe is creating a new piece for Christopher Roman, Brit Rodemund and Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman and Jill Johnson, the first guest dancer to work with the Dance On Ensemble. Both Roman and Johnson have been artistically involved in Forsythe’s work for many years. As dancers and as co-authors, their personalities have helped to shape many of his most iconic dance pieces.


Raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long, William Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballet Frankfurt. After its closure, Forsythe established a new ensemble, The Forsythe Company, which he directed from 2005-2015. Forsythe’s most recent works were developed and performed exclusively by The Forsythe Company, while his earlier pieces are prominently featured in the repertoire of virtually every major ballet company in the world, including The Mariinsky Ballet, The New York City Ballet and The Paris Opera Ballet. Further to his work as a choreographer, William Forsythe is a current Professor of Dance and Artistic Advisor for the Choreographic Institute at the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.


The Dance On Ensemble was founded in 2015 by the Berlin based cultural agency DIEHL+RITTER gUG as part of an initiative to raise the profile of dancers aged 40+ whose experience, charisma and artistic excellence are too often overlooked and undervalued. Working with internationally renowned choreographers and directors, the company is developing a new repertoire of ground-breaking and challenging contemporary dance works – the Dance On 1st Edition. Its aim is to create a solid base for a rich and ambitious future repertoire for dancers 40+. Christopher Roman, the former Associate Artistic Director of The Forsythe Company, is the Dance On Ensemble’s Artistic Director. He is joined by dancers Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Jone San Martin, and Ami Shulman.

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