Dance and water, the established American choreographer Meg Stuart and the young Zurich collective The Field. These seemingly surprising combinations promise to be the most exciting constellation in this year’s festival programme. In 2021, Tanzhaus Zürich and The Field invited Stuart to a workshop at the river Limmat and Lake Zurich. It was an experiment as well as a return: During her artist residency with her company Damaged Goods at the Schauspielhaus Zürich from 2000 to 2005, she got to know Zurich and its waters well.
Stuart brings with her three longstanding collaborators - Maria Scaroni, Isabela Fernandes Santana and Kristof Van Boven - as well as costume designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard and musician Mieko Suzuki. Together with The Field, they collaborate on the Saffainsel in lake Zurich. In the shallow waters, they will investigate the shore as a transition between nature and civilisation. The performers evoke dreamlike fictions on a manmade island. The water is the stage for those scenarios – liberating, connective, terrifying and full of possibilities.