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Recording: 2011-02-18 , Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Yui Kawaguchi, Aki Takase

Chaconne: Die Stadt im Klavier IV

SOUNDANCE 2019 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

Both Japanese artists pursue their series of creative encounters and with subtle intuitions for their respective forms of expression they weave an impressive mesh of sounds and movements. Inspired by the sensual languidness of the Chaconne, they will explore this old form with multilayered colour contrasts and time changes within a poetic installation. Especially for this project the artist Kazue Taguchi will transform the stage into a sea of light reflexions.

In “Die Stadt im Klavier – Forte” at Berlin’s DOCK 11 Yui Kawaguchi rips the strings out of the great jazz pianist Aki Takase’s grand piano and weaves a dance so feather-light and humorous that it would make Fred Astaire turn pale. (Arnd Wesemann, ballet-tanz )

“Chaconne” will be the opening of the new series KlangZuGang – recently established by the Berlin company NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS with a view to pursuing a dialogue between musicians, actors and dancers through the development of smaller projects, which are intended to run alongside the company’s large-scale music theatre productions. The series is conceived as a platform of creative exchange for members of the ensemble, lending the support necessary to venture in new directions and bring the results onto the stage.

Cast & Credits

Choreography, dance: Yui Kawaguchi
Composition, music: Aki Takase
Stage design: Kazue Taguchi Light
Technical management: Fabian Bleisch
Costume: Frauke Ritter

A production in the context of the orchestral concert series KlangZuGang, for which NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS are supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste.


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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Yui Kawaguchi / Trailers and Video Documentations

Aki Takase / Trailers and Video Documentations

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