TOUR: REQUIEM | MANGONGKAL HOLI
Theater im Pfalzbau
It is the confrontation with the two natural forces of our existence, birth and death, which is placed in the center of this musical dance performance. Based on the collision of two very personal events, the death of his father and the birth of his daughter, dancer and choreographer Ruben Reniers focuses in his current artistic work on phenomena related to death. As a native Indonesian who grew up in the Netherlands, he is interested in Indonesian as well as European funeral rituals and farewell ceremonies – and how the different concepts of connecting the living and the dead are manifested in the dances, movements, touches and voices of those who mourn. Together with an international team of dancers, musicians and a drawing artist, he embarks on a quest to artistically bring together the different approaches of these cultures and of each one of us.
“In deeply moving solos, they give heartfelt expression to their pain and their losses— sometimes with an intensity that calls to mind German expressionist dance. But even these echoes have their justification in this sensitively balanced, soothingly beautiful, inventive long work. At its end, one is left with the sense of having experienced a healing, unifying ritual, an art event that draws its strength for the future from reformulating the commonality of all human existence”.
Wiebke Hüster, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Artistic Direction / Choreography: Ruben Reniers
Co-Choreography, Dance, Performance: Rebecca Jefferson, Annapaola Leso/Chia-Ying Chiang, Sean Roel Nederlof/Yuya Fujinami, Ruben Reniers, Melli Müller
Composition / Live Music: Konstantin Heuer, Bilawa Respati, Biliana Voutchkova / Mari Sawada
Stage / Puppet Theater / Live Drawing: Barbara Steinitz
Costume: Carola Volles, Juliane Längin
Light Design: Emese Csornai
Graphic Design: Studio Workshop | Saira Hussain
Artistic Collaboration: Melli Müller
Artistic Advise: Inang Lena Simanjuntak
Photo: Carlos Collado / Eyes on Performing Arts
Video: Marco Baass
Video Edit Performance/Trailer/Extended: @Matthias Albrecht
AWAL / BEGINNING
A PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION OF DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC ABOUT STARTING OVER AND CONTINUING ON
How can we regain hope in the face of personal loss and existential threat? Where do we find new sources of joy and promise for the future? We fall down and pick ourselves back up over and over again. What is this perpetual motion that drives us ever forward?
rubarb dance & art explores these questions through dance, music, and visual art, drawing inspiration from traditional Indonesian music and dance. Working in international collaboration, the ensemble transforms the House of Indonesian Cultures in Berlin into a laboratory of synergies in which visual and sensory experiences overlap. The performance installation unfolds within diverse spaces, opening up new perspectives and auditory experiences.
A Phantasmagoric Gamelan Frenzy / Richard Pettifer
In “AWAL / BEGINNING” created by choreographer Ruben Reniers and collaborators at the Rumah Budaya Indonesia Berlin,
an explosion of performative pedagogy blends traditional and contemporary choreography in a
phantasmagoric performance event taking place over three days from 16 to 18 December 2022.
Dec 16, 2022, 7.30 pm
Dec 17 & 18, 2022, 7.30 pm
Rumah Budaya Indonesia |
Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen
CONCEPT, ARTISTIC DIRECTION,CHOREOGRAPHY
Nora Vladiguerov,Yuya Fujinami, Chia-Ying Chiang, Ruben Reniers
COMPOSITION, LIVE MUSIC
Konstantin Heuer, Bilawa Ade Respati
PAPER ART, PERFORMANCE