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PÚBLICO, Meg Stuart dances with her ghosts - Gonçalo Frota
MOUVEMENT, UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP at Tanz im August - Jérôme Provençal (12/09/2016)

A selective look back at the highly stimulating 28th edition of the Berlin Tanz Im August festival which ended in style with Meg Stuart’s wonderful new play Until Our Hearts Stop.

In order to give you an overall idea of this 2016 edition, let’s start with a few figures: in the space of a little more than 3 weeks, 26 plays were put on in 8 different venues in Berlin, brought together around Hebbel Am Ufer (HAU), an extremely dynamic theatre complex and the heart of the festival.

The figures are supposed to speak for themselves, but they don’t say much, nothing vital in any case. Putting all the plays together in the same indistinct ensemble, says nothing, for example, about the (very) big gap between Emanuel Gat’s Sunny - presented at the beginning of the festival - a play which is sadly far more scholarly than it is sunny, and Until Our Hearts Stop, Meg Stuart’s exhilarating new creation which was put on at the end of the three weeks. Characterised by a remarkable feel for space and the passage of time, this fiercely unclassifiable play originates in a dynamic that is both precise and erratic, rigorous and playful – a dynamic in which the three musicians present on stage (Samuel Halscheidt, Marc Lohr and Stefan Rusconi) are as involved as the six dancers/performers (Neil Callaghan, Jared Gradinger, Leyla Postalcioglu, Maria F. Scaroni, Claire Vivianne Sobottke and Kristof Van Boven). Struggling with the issue of togetherness, Meg Stuart expresses an imperious desire to live and create, showing everything through an exhilarating freedom of tone and movement, which results in a few well-known scenes (we are thinking, in particular, of the incredible pair of nudes). This is our pick of this Tanz Im August 2016.

MOUVEMENT, UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP at Tanz im August - Jérôme Provençal (12/09/2016) [ French ]
Weltexpresso, Art wins back the circus - Hanswerner Kruse (04.09.16)

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