Photos: Ursula Kaufmann (top), Roger Rossel (bottom)
|BEN J. RIEPE KOMPANIE|
|DER LETZTE SCHREI – 3. Edition (Essen)
DER LETZTE SCHREI – 4. Edition (Viersen)
|The expression “Der letzte Schrei” (“the Dernier Cri”) comes from the world of fashion – it is a reference to and a promise of a life full of glitz and glamour, a life in the moment. When taken literally, however, it means the opposite: the end. Death. The last cry to ring out before silence prevails. In theatre, the human body poses the centre of art and reality. It is used by dancers as a tool. In the fashion industry, it is celebrated. Stylised into an object of desire, it permeates our thoughts as a surface upon which we project all of our ideals and aspiration. We use it to create and revise identities. It rebels against our preconceptions. It is vulnerable. And finite.
As a sonorous, ornamental work of choreography, each edition of “Der letzte Schrei” plumbs the boundaries – beginning with the performance space – between the genres anew: Visual art with people, perhaps, or musical theatre with dancers? Or a comprehensive choreographic moment comprised of movement, bodies, objects and sound?
The Ben J. Riepe Kompanie will present the 3rd edition of the project as a stage version at PACT Zollverein.
In the city of Viersen, the venue Generatorenhalle, a multifunctional space whose exact purpose defies categorisation, will become a key protagonist in the formation of bodily object-based tableaus.
Ben J. Riepe studied dance and choreography at Essen’s Folkwang University. He has worked for the ensemble Neuer Tanz in Düsseldorf in addition to serving as a guest performer in Pina Bausch’s ensemble Tanztheater Wuppertal. The Ben J. Riepe Kompanie was founded in 2004. In its most recent works, the Düsseldorf-based choreographer has engaged in intense explorations of exhibition spaces that allow for different viewing and movement dynamics.
Ben J. Riepe
Sudeep Kumar Puthiyaparambath,
Daniel Ernesto Müller Torres, Kathrina Wilke,
Danilo Tesi and guests in Viersen
Ben J. Riepe Kompanie zum 25. Jubiläum der Kunststiftung NRW
PACT Zollverein in Kooperation mit dem Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Kunst- und Kultur Stiftung der Sparkasse Düsseldorf
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan