Guest Performance

Classy Classics

Choreographs by William Forsythe, Eric Gauthier, Marco Goecke, Ohad Naharin and Cayetano Soto

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

In spite of the tongue-in-cheek title, one should not expect a lavish ballet evening! “Classy Classics” is a celebration of contemporary dance, combining three masterpieces by star choreographers with two favourites from the Gauthier dance repertoire.

Classy Classics: DECADANCE

Classy Classics: DECADANCE. Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

© Regina Brocke

  • 2 h, 30 min, one interval

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Modern ballet is inseparably linked with the name of William Forsythe: For several decades, the elegance and clear lines of his impressive oeuvre have enriched contemporary dance. At the same time, the Herman Schmerman Duet is the best proof of how much lightness and humour there is in Forsythe‘s accomplished, almost mathematically structured works. A dancer in pointe shoes and her male partner initially seem to be all set for a neoclassical pas de deux. But it takes Forsythe only a few minutes to ironically break the familiar patterns and tell the story of a very contemporary relationship. Witty, laid-back – and incredibly virtuosic. The “Herman Schmerman Duet” used to be the showpiece of the great Sylvie Guillem but is now rarely seen on dance stages around the world. Gauthier Dance is honoured that Forsythe has given the go-ahead to include his duet in the Classy Classics programme.

After several succesful collaborations, the time was ripe for an official partnership: Since January 2019, Marco Goecke has been associated with Gauthier Dance as Artist-in-Residence. It is thus only logical that the much sought-after choreographer will be part of the “Classy Classics” line-up. He is represented by the production that marked his breakthrough and made his unmistakable, quivering dance idiom known to a broad audience. Within the framework of the programme, Äffi does not only stand for the solo position. It is also a supremely confident choice. After all, the breathless piece set to music by Johnny Cash demands everything from its performer, both technically and emotionally.

DECADANCE is the ultimate surprise bag. Not a piece but a constantly changing work-in-progress. As if he was turning a kaleidoscope, Ohad Naharin compiles a new version for each city, for each company, all excerpts from his previous works. And that‘s a lot since the original version was premiered in 2000. Now he has agreed to create a “DECADANCE” arrangement for Stuttgart! A sign of appreciation that is no coincidence. The House Choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company and world-famous “Mr. Gaga” already had two opportunities to appraise the quality of Gauthier Dance first-hand. True to the motto “No COLOURS festival without a piece by Ohad Naharin”, the company performed “Kamuyot” at the COLOURS debut in 2015 and “Minus 16” at the second edition in 2017 – each time to the master’s complete satisfaction.

Full attack: Malasangre is a whirlwind of a piece. Dressed in short skirts, their hands shaped into claws, the dancers are sweeping over a stage covered with black fabric butterflies. Cayetano Soto‘s deeply felt homage to the Cuban singer La Lupe shows the darkness of a tormented soul, at the same time turning this inner conflict into the source of the greatest possible energy. In combination with the radiant music of the Queen of Latin Soul, this eccentric, feverish revue literally blows the audience away. Premiered in 2013 as part of the ballet evening “Future 6”, it is high time for a revival.

The much-loved miniature comedy Orchestra of Wolves dates back even further. Today it is hard to imagine that, in 2009, Eric Gauthier created the humorous showdown between a conductor and his orchestra for a company of just eight dancers. To the pounding sounds from the well-known first movement of Beethoven‘s 5th “Symphony of Fate“, the musicians in wolf masks encircle their principal…

Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Artistic Director Eric Gauthier
Ballet Mistresses Federica Dadamo, Louisa Rachedi
Production Management Alexandra Brenk
Company Coach Egon Madsen
Artistic Management Lisa Beck
Press Nicola Steller
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Herman Schmerman Duet
Choreography William Forsythe
Lighting Design & Stage William Forsythe
Music Thom Willems
Costumes Gianni Versace, William Forsythe
Staging Maurice Causey
Ballet Mistress Louisa Rachedi
World Premiere: 26.09.1992; Ballet Frankfurt, Opernhaus, Germany

Choreography Marco Goecke
Lighting Design Udo Haberland
Music Johnny Cash
Staging Nicole Kohlmann & Fabio Palombo
Ballet Mistress Louisa Rachedi
World Premiere: 18.06.2005 ARDT Dans Benefiz Gala, Schouwburg Arnheim, Niederlande

Choreography Ohad Naharin
Lighting Design & Stage Avi Yona Bueno
Music Maxim Waratt, Alison Goldfrapp, Will Gregory, David Darling, Ohad Fishof and Maxim Waratt, Ali Hassan Kuban, Habib Alla Jamal & Khader Shama, Kid 606, AGF, Chari Chari, Rayon, Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, Chronomad, The Beach Boys written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks
Costumes Rakefet Levy
Assistant to the Choregrapher Matan David (Ltg.), Shahar Biniamini, Guy Shomroni
Ballet Mistresses Louisa Rachedi & Federica Dadamo
Originally commissioned for the Batsheva Dance Company

Choreography, Stage & Costumes Cayetano Soto
Lighting Design & Stage Cayetano Soto, Mario Daszenies
Music La Lupe
Staging Mikiko Arai
Ballet Mistress Federica Dadamo
World Premiere: 11.01.2013, Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Orchestra of Wolves
Choreography Eric Gauthier
Lighting Design Mario Daszenies
Music Ludwig van Beethoven
Stage & Costumes Gudrun Schretzmeier
Ballet Mistress Federica Dadamo
World Premiere: 18.11.2009 Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg

Organiser: Theaterhaus Stuttgart

A Theaterhaus Stuttgart production
A warm thank you to our sponsors Fashion- und Lifestylehaus Breuninger in Stuttgart and Luisa Cerano/Sporlastic as well as to our supporters The First Friends und Friends of Gauthier Dance and the Foundation Herbert Metzger and Anneliese Metzger-Nord.
Theaterhaus Stuttgart is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Bank, the City of Stuttgart and the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg