Münchner Kammerspiele


Mousonturm Saal


„Bastard dance“ – is what Belgian director Alain Platel calls his newest piece tauberbach. At the crossroads of language and movement, five dancers from the  company les ballets C de la B and actress Elsie de Brauw interweave images and sounds that “explore those areas of their mind yet untouched by civilisation”
A source of inspiration was the Tauber Bach ensemble, a choir project by Artur Zmijewski with deaf people singing compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach: “It can barely be called singing“, says Platel, “it is more like howling, or growling. And only somewhere, far in the distance, can one hear Bach’s music.” Another fundamental motif is Estamira, a woman suffering from schizophrenia. For many years, documentary filmmaker Marcos Prado accompanied her life on a rubbish dump near Rio de Janeiro. tauberbach is a piece about the battle for survival and about maintaining human dignity that draws its strength from Estamira’s hallucinations, obsessions and associations and the monstrous, almost violent power of Bach  chorales. The piece premiered at the Münchner Kammerspiele  was invited to the Theatertreffen Berlin 2014.

Dramaturgy: Koen Tachelet, Hildegard de Vuyst * Musical Conception: Steven Prengels * Stage: Alain Platel, les ballets C de la B * Costumes: Teresa Vergho *  sounddesign: Bartold Uyttersprot * Light: Carlo Bourguignon * Coproduction by les ballets C de la B, Münchner Kammerspiele and NT Gent together with Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris), Opéra Lille, KVS Brüssel, TorinoDanza und La Bâtie, Geneva * Supported by: Flemish government, City of Ghent, Province of East Flanders.


The documentary film Estamira by Marcos Prado will be screened on Wednesday June 18th at 9.30 p.m. in Studio 1.

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