Production Details / Press Releases
I can’t go back to where I used to be. A wondrous place. Every turn a surprise.
(Walt Disney, Aladdin)
With The End of the Alphabet Lea Moro stages the dance-solo as a fragile and yet pompous form. The musical on roller-skates evokes a wide range of movements, that imply virtuosity and dynamism. The performer embarks on an extravagant path alone, at times simply sliding effortlessly through the space, sometimes stalking ponderously around, all the while facing this permanent challenge with enthusiasm. This precarious skating endeavour is set to the score of Antonio Vivaldi’s baroque violin concerto The Four Seasons (1725). Again, as in her previous pieces Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body and (b)reaching stillness, she uses classical music. The performance’s texts are drawn from existing musicals such as Aladdin or Mamma Mia and different other sources ranging from French chansons to self-help literature. Set to Vivaldi’s score, these sources turn into catchy musical hits. The songs provide the structure for the evening’s dramaturgy, without defining an overarching narrative for the evening. Without naming it concretely, the songs grapple with moments in which familiar states come to an end. Always keeping her balance with aplomb Lea Moro takes the audience from one atmopshere to the next. The End of the Alphabet creates a dark and humourous place for ambivalent associations, confusing impressions and melodramatic scenarios.
Cast & Credits
CHOREOGRAPHY, DANCE: Lea Moro
DRAMATURGY: Linda Sepp, Maja Zimmermann
MUSICAL-SONGS: Jana Sotzko
LICHTDESIGN: Annegret Schalke
STAGE, COSTUME: Cristina Nyffeler
PRODUCTION DRAMATURGY: Marie Schmieder
GRAFIKDESIGN: Vincenzo Fagnani
DRAMATURGIC ADVISOR: Igor Dobricic
A production by Lea Moro in co – production with K3 – Center for Choreography Tanzplan Hamburg, Tanzhaus Zürich and SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Capital Culture Fund and the City of Zurich Culture, Canton of Zurich – Cultural Center, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Cultural Foundation and Hamburgische Kulturstiftung.
Supported by the Ernst Göhner Foundation.
Thanks to the Georges & Jenny Bloch Foundation, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Wiesen55 e.V. and Aula / Milchhof Berlin e.V.
Thanks to: Anna Mülter, Andres Bucci, Theresa Stroetges and Pirkko Husemann
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):