Production Details / Press Releases
When does something feel close or intimate? Does intimacy necessarily mean being near to each other? When does something appear to be extremely far away and untouchable? What’s the relation between distance and intensity?
Next to Near is a guided journey, a body-scape, an exploration into the relationship between proximity and distance. Two performers, three musicians, 60 audience members and various objects, all share one physical space that becomes their playground. The performers serve both as “space facilitators”: re-organizing, transforming and shifting the conditions in the space, as well as reference points one could relate to.
Inspired by the concept of Psychogeography, developed by Guy Debord and the Situationist International movement in the 1960’s, Next to Near investigates precisely this double meaning of geographical terms that is provoked in the piece. On the one hand, nearness and distance can be defined as purely geographical parameters. On the other hand, they also describe a mental position – a feeling towards a place, a person or an object of reference.
In a world in which a feeling of familiarity or strangeness is no longer a question of geographical distance, Next to Near reflects a changed, unstable attitude towards one’s physical position and location, suggesting fantasy and play as a possible process.
Cast & Credits
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE: Hermann Heisig, May Zarhy
COMPOSITION MUSIC, OUTSIDE EYE: Tian Rotteveel
FLUTE: Rowan Hamwood
DOUBLE BASS: Giuseppe Bottiglieri
LIGHT DESIGN: Sandra Blatterer
COSTUME, STAGE: Lea Søvsø, Marie Gerstenberger
CUBE: lost & found Aarhus
DICES: Amir Weiser
TECHNICAL DIRECTION: Fabian Bleisch
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Susanne Ogan, Johanna Milz (MAMAZA)
Produced by Hermann Heisig and MAMAZA in co-production with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig and Kelim Choreography Center Bat Yam/ Israel. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen and by the city Frankfurt.
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
Hermann Heisig / Trailers and Video Documentations
- Hermann Heisig: Singing Machine (2019)
- Hermann Heisig: slave to the rhythm (2019)
- Instant Feedback / Hermann Heisig: slave to the rhythm (2019)
- Hermann Heisig: STRTCH (2014)
- Hermann Heisig: SLAP/STICK (2013)
- Hermann Heisig: a coming community (2012)
- Hermann Heisig: united states (2012)
- Hermann Heisig: PONGO LAND (2011)
- Hermann Heisig: Themselves already Hop! (2010)