Hermann Heisig


Next to Near

Mousonturm Saal


When does something feel close or intimate? Does intimacy necessarily mean being near to each other? May Zarhy and Hermann Heisig explore the physical and mental sensation of proximity and distance. They thereby reference a lifestyle not only central to dance makers working internationally and constantly on the road, but also shared by many people in this age of Skype, Instagram, and budget flights. In “Next to Near”, Zarhy – best known in Frankfurt for her productions with the choreographers collective MAMAZA – and Heisig, specialist for slapstick and subtle choreographic timing, stake out a field of detailed communication by readjusting their relationship to the audience and a musical trio headed by composer Tian Rotteveel.

Concept, Choreography, Performance: Hermann Heisig, May Zarhy * Composition, Outside Eye: Tian Rotteveel * Flute: Rowan Hamwood * Contrabass: Giuseppe Bottiglieri * Lighting Design:  Sandra Blatterer * Costumes, Stage: Lea Søvsø, Marie Gerstenberger

Cube: lost & found Aarhus * Dice: Amir Weiser * Tech: Fabian Bleisch * Production Management: Susanne Ogan, Johanna Milz (MAMAZA)

A Hermann Heisig and MAMAZA production, co-produced by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt as part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main and SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig and Kelim Choreography Centre Bat Yam/ Israel. Funded by the Berlin Department for Culture and Europe, the Cultural Foundation of the State of Saxony and the City of Frankfurt.