Bilderschlachten – Batailles d’Images

for dancers, string quartet, orchestra and electronics

a collaboration with Mouvoir / Stephanie Thiersch (choreography)

Choreography/Direction: Stephanie Thiersch 
Musical Direction/Composition: Brigitta Muntendorf
premiere: 09.05.2019  Théâtre de Nîmes (FR)
further performances: 10.05.2019 Théâtre de Nîmes (FR) 
21.09.2019 & 22.09.2019 Beethoven Fest Bonn
orchestra: Les Siècles
conductor: Benjamin Shwartz
Asasello Quartett: Rostislav Kozhevnikov (1. Violin), Barbara Streil (2. Violin), Teemu Myöhänen (Cello), Justyna Śliwa (Viola) 
Lightdesign: Begoña Garcia Navas
Choreography/Performance: Fabien Almakiewicz, Neus Barcons, Alexis ‚Maca’ Fernández, Julien Ferranti, Gyung Moo Kim, Alexandra Naudet, Camille Revol, Joel Suárez Gómez
Choreographic Assistance: Marcela Ruíz Quintero
Costume Design: Sita Messer
Photography: Martin Rottenkolber
Management: Tanja Baran, Béla Bisom
Production Management: Karolin Henze, Anna-Mareen Henke

about

The new cooperation between Brigitta Muntendorf and Stephanie Thiersch (CITY DANCE 2016, THE SPECTACLE 2020) reflects on voraciousness. What if we lose our orientation in a reference system of knownness and allow questioning the creative? In collaboration with the Asasello Quartet and the renowned French orchestra Les Siècles and 8 dancers, a ballet is born for the end of the world, a ballet noir, wildly poaching in our cultural history. The monumental and devouring as a symbol of power and patriarchy is artistically intertwined with the attempt instead of the result, with quiet resistance and relinkage to nature.

Thiersch and Muntendorf want to provoke a reflection on the state of permanent overload with “Batailles d’Images/Picture battles”. The starting point is the excellently composed quotation collection of the German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann “Musique pour le souper du roi Ubu” (1968), a musical danger zone of excess, vulgarity and the accumulation of power. Muntendorf reflects in a prologue and an epilog the view on an orchestra as a collective and as human bodies, reflects quotation, club culture and high culture, works with the dancers as a choir and extends the string quartet with live-electronics.