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September 28, 2013 / 8.30 pm
„Les Nouveaux Repérages“

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Since 2006 the Tanztendenz has been a partner in the international network for contemporary dance: Les Repérages* that initiates and fosters contacts between 15 European nations, Canada, Brazil, and Tunisia. Every year in March representatives of the national contemporary choreographers’ scene are sent to the “Danse à Lille” festival (2014: “Le Grand Bain”) to Lille and Roubaix in the north of France. Emerging choreographers can present short pieces within a professional frame and make important new contacts with international presenters. Until recently, the Tanztendenz and Tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf alternately sent choreographers to Lille. The latter, however, have withdrawn their participation from the network, leaving the Tanztendenz as the sole German partner.
The International Choreographers’ Atelier organized biennially by the Tanztendenz has always been a format, which presented the opportunity to take part in the exchange by inviting choreographers, who had introduced their work in Lille.
For the first time now the Tanztendenz will invite high-carat choreographic jewels to guest at Munich’s schwere reiter venue to reflect this new status as the network’s sole German partner:
Compagnie CFB 451 from France will show their solo „Valse en trois temps“ as part of a double bill with Zufit Simon‘s duo „Adom Modulations“ – the performance Zufit Simon chose to apply for participation at Lille 2014. On another night the James Cousins Company will present the duo “There We Have Been” that could be seen last at Sadler’s Wells in London.

*le repérage: (determination of a) location, locating, bearing

Supported by the Cultural Department of the city of Munich and the British Council.

In Hebrew ADOM stands for “red“. DAM- Blood, ADAM – the first human being and ADAMA – earth. All these words share a strong connection, which develops into a choreographically dense, highly musical duet. Two slender bodies in a web of complex movements. Bodies striving to stand upright, stumble, falter, always with the depths of the abyss at their feet. Their movements are perpetuated in the Other’s body, they are a mutual source of support and locomotion. A helping hand is always also a physical relationship of interdependency. And so the dance develops desired and undesired relationships of interdependency.

“Initially ADOM was just a study that developed from performance to performance. A specific quality of movement emerged between the two bodies and to the ground. ADOM Modulations is a revision of the original topic, which also gives me a chance to build up on it and develop it further.”

Concept and Choreography: Zufit Simon
Dance: Ulrike Etzold, Zufit Simon
Music: Nackt, Robert Merdzo
Lighting: Rainer Ludwig
Production: artblau Tanzwerkstatt
Duration: 35 minutes

“My arm was not the one she needed, but the arm of someone else. My warmth was not what she needed, but the warmth of someone else. I felt almost guilty being me. As the winter deepened, the transparent clarity of Naoko’s eyes seemed to increase. It was a clarity that had nowhere to go.”
Extract from Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.

There We Have Been takes inspiration from the troubled relationships portrayed in Haruki Murakami's bestselling novel, Norwegian Wood. Focusing on the first half of the story and the development of relationships between the novel’s protagonist and his late best friend's girlfriend, Cousins presents a daringly intimate glimpse into a secluded world of fragile dependency. This touching and emotionally charged duet sees the two performers’ intensely folding, wrapping and balancing, with the female character never once touching the floor.

“Simply one of the most stunning contemporary dance pieces I have ever seen” Londondance.com

Choreography: JamesCousinsCompany
Dance: Lisa Welham and Aaron Vickers
Composition: Seymour Milton
Lighting: Lee Curran
Costumes and stage: Colin Falconer
Duration: 20 minutes

Promovideo on vimeo.com
Supported by the British Council.

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Dachauer Straße 114
80636 München
Tram 12, 20, 21 oder Bus 53
Haltestelle Leonrodplatz

Eintritt: 15,- / 10,- erm.
combiticket for both evenings: 20,- / 10,- (red.)
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Tanztendenz Munich e.V. is sponsored
by the Munich Department of Arts and Culture
  James Cousins
was recently recognised by Time Out magazine as one of the future faces of dance and his company, launched in January 2011, is quickly making it’s mark on the dance world after a sell out showcase performance at Sadler’s Wells in September 2012. Whilst studying at London Contemporary Dance School, James created his first work, The Still Point. It was an immediate success, selected for the LCDS Graduation Performances 2009 and chosen to represent the school at the opening gala of The Place’s 40th Birthday Celebrations as well as winning both Best Performance and Best Choreography at The London Contemporary Dance Competition 2009 and being taken to Spain as a semi-finalist in the VIII International Burgos-New York Choreographic Competition. The Still Point was also performed along side the English National Ballet and Richard Alston Dance Company at Buckingham Palace for the Duke of York’s 50th Birthday Celebrations. Since this initial success, James has created numerous works. In 2011, James accepted onto the Escalator programme, an Arts Council England East initiative which aims to find, support and invest in artist and art-form development. Through this programme he worked in partnership with DanceEast, where he is an Associate Artist, and received support in further establishing the company. In August 2011, James was announced as the winner of the New Adventures Choreographer Award, receiving mentoring from Matthew Bourne and New Adventures, culminating in the showcase performance at Sadler’s Wells.