Live work

This Joy

Tino Sehgal

For “This Joy”, Tino Sehgal devotes himself and eight dancers to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and translates the enthusiasm that emanates from it with physical encounters.

“All creatures drink of joy / At nature’s breasts / All the just, all the evil / Follow her trail of roses.” Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” became a hymn to life thanks to Beethoven’s composition that, permeated by joy, is earthly and spiritual, deeply moving and open at the same time. Tino Sehgal’s examination of six pieces of Beethoven under the title “This Joy” follows the trail of joy in Beethoven’s compositions that often give the impression that they open up to the evanescent and engage with the unexpected. Together with eight dancers, Tino Sehgal has newly arranged the pieces he has selected, provided them with a singing voice and encounters each composition in a choreography for a single part of the body. Sehgal’s translation of music into physical encounters is at the same time an encounter for the visitors with each other and the unusual spaces of the ICC. Created as a contribution to the exhibition “BEETHOVEN BEWEGT” (2020–2021) at the Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna, Tino Sehgal for the first time presents a new version of this work in Germany and in the legendary architecture of the ICC, which, after years of disuse, is in use once again for “The Sun Machine Is Coming Down”.

A project organised by the programme series Immersion.

Dancers (tbc) Alexandre Achour, Margherita D’Adamo, Sandhya Daemgen, Hanako Hayakawa, Leah Katz, Justin F. Kennedy, Vera Pulido, Lizzie Sells