This year, Meg Stuart receives the Biennale de Venezia’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. In her newest dance piece, the choreographer journeys into the human psyche, in a way both rich in connotation as well as emotion, featuring a fragile (light) installation by Indonesian artist Jompet Kuswidananto. Driven by live sound and a plot that is more gestural than narrative, four performers seem utterly at the mercy of fictional traumas; bodies only seemingly meet in order to disengage again; West and East, Dark and Light, the unconscious and the conscious in seeming attempts at communicating with one another within a universe of humanity. This piece is a real trip. In one word: mesmerizing!

Duration: 100 min.
Premiere in the German-speaking area
Choreography: Meg Stuart
Installation: Jompet Kuswidananto
By and with: Jule Flierl, Gaëtan Rusquet, Claire Vivianne Sobottke
Live Music: Mieko Suzuki, Ikbal Simamora Lubys
Light design: Jan Maertens
Costume design: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Dramaturgy: Jeroen Versteele
Assistant costume design: Coline Firket, Isabelle Lhoas
Rehearsal coach: Joséphine Evrard

Production by: Damaged Goods, Co-Production with: EUROPALIA INDONESIA, Goethe-Institut Indonesien, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kaaitheater, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in the context of Tanzplattform
Rhein-Main, PACT Zollverein, Tanzquartier Wien und Walker Art Center. Shows in Frankfurt supported by: NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) in the context of the international guest performance fund for dance with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the Cultural and Art Ministries of the German Federal States. „Celestial Sorrow“ is an event within the frame of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. The Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, a projekt of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Hessisches Staatsballett, is made possible by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and supported by the Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst and the Stiftungsallianz [Aventis Foundation, BHF BANK Stiftung, Crespo Foundation, Dr. Marschner-Stiftung, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main].