GHOST TRIO A - corps furtifs


Presence and absence, empty spaces and in-between worlds! The CocoonDance company presents during the Beethoven Fest in Bonn the first part of its new dance production “GHOST TRIO A - corps furtifs”, which is based on Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70 No. 1 -- the so-called "Ghost Trio".  Inspired by Samuel Beckett's "Ghost Trio", a late television play written by the author in 1975, the dancers approach the unspeakable by relentlessly using their bodies as a medium.


The performance with three dancers and a pianist is built upon specific theatre dispositive to  examine the dimensions of space, music (sound) and time in order to answer the following questions: Are you there, even if I don’t  see you? If I can neither hear you nor feel you? The effects that music and cinema can conjure through editing become a challenge in the purely physical world. On stage, everything is taken off the bodies of the bodies which contributes to their identification as human beings and bodies. This leads to an exciting “hide-and-seek” game with the spectators who are looking for certainty and orientation. As soon as the audience manages to fill in the blanks, something else confusing shows up. That’s the task of the ghosts!


As ghosts of the past Beethoven and Beckett are both welcomed guests, but they both appear to us in a re-interpreted way as fragments of memories. Of the trio, for example, only the pianist is visible.  The string players stay in their intermediate world - not visible, but present.


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CocoonDance: GHOST TRIO A - corps furtifs

World Premiere: September 17, 2017, at 8.30 p.m.

Additional Performance: September 16, 2017, at  8.30 p.m.

Location: “Geneva Hall”, World Conference Center Bonn - in conjunction with the 2017 Beethovenfest


By and with: Álvaro Esteban, Daniel Morales, Werner Nigg // Choreography, direction: Rafaële Giovanola // Dramaturgy, concept: Rainald Endraß // Live-Electronic, composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff // PianoBeatrice Berrut // Light design: Tobias Heide // Costumes: Annika Ley // Advice: Space, light: Boris Kahnert // Choreographic Assistance: Leonardo Rodrigues // Movement research: Fa-Hsuan Chen, András Déri, Martina De Dominicis, Greta Salgado, Susanne Schneider, Marie Viennot // Management: Mechtild Tellmann


Funded by Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bundesstadt Bonn and Théâtre-ProVS, Le Conseil de la Culture Etat du Valais, La Loterie Romande.

Trailer by Michael Maurissens/ Carré Blanc Productions