Emanuel Gat

Emanuel Gat. The Goldlandbergs

© Emanuel Gat Dance


Emanuel Gat: “The Goldlandbergs”

On the occasion of Tanz im August

  • Length 1h, no interval

Past Dates

23 & 24-.08.2013, 1h before and after “The Goldlandbergs”
Emanuel Gat (FR/IL): “It’s people, how abstract can it get?”
“It’s people, how abstract can it get?” is a photographic installation which speaks of the priority of the individual experience. All photographs were taken during rehearsals of “The Goldlandbergs”, with the only light source being the natural light, capturing a group of people in a darkened space engaged in a choreographic moment. A beauty not of perfection, but one born out of vulnerabilities, uncertainties, doubts, and opportunities.
Production Emanuel Gat Dance
Co-production Festival Montpellier Danse 2013

The story of a family in fugal form: in “The Goldlandbergs” the Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat conveys an intimate view of the complexity of human relationships. His piece is based on Glenn Gould’s recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, made several months before the pianist’s death in 1981, as well as on Gould’s 1977 radio documentary “The Quiet in the Land”. In the manner of a fugue Gould contrapuntally combined with music and sound effects the voices and noises collected in a Mennonite community in Manitoba, Canada. His portrait of a strictly religious family whose way of life comes under increasing pressure in the 20th century is also a multi-layered reflection on society and social co-existence, on art and politics. Gat works with movement in the same way Gould did with sound. Clear structures leaving space for spontaneity open multifaceted perspectives on social contexts and their influence on the individual. “The Goldlandbergs” investigates the contrapuntal essence of choreography and grants dancers and viewers alike the freedom to make their own artistic and interpretational decisions.

Choreography created in collaboration with and performed by Hervé Chaussard, Aurore Di Bianco, Michael Löhr, Pansun Kim, Philippe Mesia, Geneviève Osborne, François Przybylski, Milena Twiehaus
Music: “The Quiet in The Land” prepared and written by Glenn Gould
Additional Music J.S. Bach “Goldberg variations”, piano Glenn Gould
Stage and lights designs created in collaboration with Samson Milcent
Sound designs created in collaboration with Frédéric Duru

Organizer Tanz im August
Tanz im August is supported by means of the Capital City Cultural Funds from means of the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of the governing mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Production Emanuel Gat Dance. Co-production Festival Montpellier Danse 2013, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), deSingel – International Art Campus (Antwerp), Lincoln Center Festival 2014 (New York), CCN Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais, Carolyn Carlson. Supported by Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône. In cooperation with Berliner Festspiele.