2016 //  3 performers, 1 technician // stage: 12m x 12m // 1h



// World Premiere: 7 April 2016, Theater im Ballsaal, Bonn
// In collaboration with Theater im Ballsaal Bonn, Malévoz Quartier Culturel, Théâtre du Crochetan Monthey (CH).
// Funded by: Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bundesstadt Bonn, Théâtre-ProVS, Le Conseil de la Culture Etat du Valais, La Loterie Romande. 


MOMENTUM makes a connection between the dancers and the audience through the palpable feeling of movement in a shared space. The dancers and the audience alike absorb the evolving kinetic energy just like the exhaustion, which become the driving elements of the performance.

There is a club-like atmosphere: A feverish, live-produced and pulsating beat surrounded by an austere, dark setting. Three chimerical figures appear from the vague darkness. Their movements are first hesitant and searching. A slight twist of the torso here, a sudden nod there, then slowly accelerating to a swaying, a twitch or a gyration of the entire body. None of these external proceedings reveal anything about the inner feelings. Only the rhythm and speed unite the movements in a structural dimension. The pure physical, sweat-inducing choreography and the fusion of light and sound are generating a hypnotic energy.


“Exhausted is a whole lot more than tired. The tired no longer prepares for any possibility (subjective): he therefore cannot realize the smallest possibility (objective). But possibility remains, because you never realize all of the possible, you even bring it into being as you realize some of it. The tired has only exhausted realization, while the exhausted exhausts all of the possible. The tired can no longer realize, but the exhausted can no longer possibilitate. 'That the impossible should be asked of me, good, what else could be asked of me?" Does he exhaust the possible because he is himself exhausted, or is he exhausted because he has exhausted the possible? He exhausts himself in exhausting the possible, and vice versa. He exhausts that which is not realized through the possible. He has had done with the possible, beyond all tiredness, "for to end yet again."

(Gilles Deleuze, The Exhausted, translated by Anthony Uhlman)



By and with: Alvaro Esteban, Werner Nigg, Andi Xhuma // Choreography, Direction: Rafaële Giovanola // Music: Franco Mento // Light design, set: Marc Brodeur // Parkour Workshop: Frédéric Voeffray // Choreographic Assistance: Fa-Hsuan Chen // Dramaturgy: Rainald Endraß // Management: Mechtild Tellmann // Photos by Klaus Fröhlich // Video trailer by Michael Maurissens – Dancing Frames Productions



“... a virtuoso etude about movement and how movement is perceived using intelligence and sensuality to play with the

complex relationship between dancer and spectator. Although the three dancers are undertaking a physically demanding

high-performance program while the audience remains in a basically passive state, both parties are nevertheless actors.

The audience members are a part of the production. In this way, the enthralling dance piece adds another exciting facet to the past productions "Pieces Of Me" and "What About Orfeo?" (General-Anzeiger, Bonn, 09./10.04.2016)  


The male trio in MOMENTUM seems to be “ancient and eternally new” … and that is the ingenuity and the very contemporary quality in “Momentum”. It is both the desire to be completely absorbed within the moment, the heavy beat, the dance, the crowd, and even the horror, the stimulus, the addiction, the pushing, the affirmation. Don’t think. Just keep going and going and going!" (tanzwebkoeln, 07.04.2016)


„CocoonDance with a strong „Momentum“. … a remarkable work about the desire for oneness … .“

(Kölner Stadtanzeiger, 12.04.2016)