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Oh Louis... We move from the ballroom to hell while we have to tell ourselves stories at night so that we can sleep...
Recording: 2018-08-18 , Tanz im August | HAU1 Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Robyn Orlin

Oh Louis… We move from the ballroom to hell while we have to tell ourselves stories at night so that we can sleep…

Tanz im August | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Production Details / Press Releases

What lies on the reverse side of the familiar? Robyn Orlin is always looking at gures, symbols and emblems of power that originate without exception from Western culture, so as to dissect them and reveal their hidden aspects. In her new solo the South African choreographer turns her attention to the Sun King, Louis XIV. Together with Benjamin Pech, Danseur Étoile of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, and the musician Loris Barrucand, she examines the first dancer in the French kingdom and inventor of classical ballet, who put dance in the service of his politics.

Robyn Orlin (*1955, Johannesburg) studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance. With the aid of a Fulbright scholarship she gained an MA in fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She then created her works in South Africa, and is well known for reflecting the difficult realities of her country in them. Through the use of various media, such as text, video and objects, she examines a particular theatrical reality, which enables her to find a unique choreographic vocabulary. Her artistic works have been shown at international festivals and venues, for example at the Festival d’Automne in Paris and the Festival d’Avignon, in Liège, Brussels and Luxemburg. Robyn Orlin lives in Berlin, and was previously a guest of Tanz im August in 2002.

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TFB Nr. 1217

Cast & Credits

Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography: Robyn Orlin
With: Benjamin Pech (Dance), Loris Barrucand (Music)
Stage Design: Atelier Maciej Fiszer
Lighting Design: Laïs Foulc
Costume Design: Olivier Bériot, mit Studio Habeas Corpus
Video Design: Eric Perroys, Robyn Orlin
Film: Milkshoot & Vikram Gounassegarin
Stage Management: Jean-Marc L’Hostis
Sound & Video: Arnaud Sallé

Administration & Distribution: Damien Valette
Production Assistance: Marion Paul, Manon Blanchard
Production: City Theater, Dance group Damien Valette Prod
Co-Production: Festival de danse de Cannes, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, CNDC – Angers, with the support of CN D – Centre national de la danse
Supported by: Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d’Île-de-France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Kinneksbond, Centre Culturel de Mamer
With the support of Institut français and French Ministry of Culture/DGCA.

Tanz im August 2018
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer: Isa Köhler
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Marie Schmieder
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Assistant Producer: Alina Sophie Lauer
Technical Director: Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

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10963 Berlin

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced 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):

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)

Robyn Orlin / Trailers and Video Documentations

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