When Gustav Mahler, received the diagnosis of his serious heart disorder, he composed Der Abschied, part of the cycle Das Lied der Erde – one of his most personal pieces and infused with deep sadness. While Mahler constrasts the struggle of man with his own mortality with the immortal, constantly regenerating nature, in FOREVER Lemm&Barkey question how death, the finite and limited nature of life itself can be celebrated in song, in dance. The human ability to remember becomes a leitmotif – also in the concrete handling of Mahler’s composition. An acoustically sensitive stage installation composed of porcelain parts lends the choreography fragile support.
No language skills required * Idea, Choreography: Grace Ellen Barkey * Installation: Lemm&Barkey * Music: Der Abschied, Das Lied von der Erde, Gustav Mahler * With: Maarten Seghers, Mélissa Guérin, Sarah Lutz, Mohamed Toukabri * Musical dramaturgy: Rombout Willems * Dramaturgy: Elke Janssens * Costumes: Lot Lemm * Sound: Bart Aga * Production & Technical Direction: Marjolein Demey, Gwen Laroche * Trainee assistant to the director: Camille Doucet * A Needcompany production * Coproduction: Steirischer Herbst, Internationales Figurentheater-Festival (Erlangen and Nürnberg) and PACT Zollverein (Essen) * All events of the project series „Tolle Künste“ are contributions to the official programme for Guest of Honour Flanders & The Netherlands at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016. Funded by Dutch Performing Arts and the Flemish Authorities.