Alexander Rechberg

twirling dust

Two dancers, two stages, two media scenographies, one interactive dialogue – in between a distance of 7800 kilometers. Duosi Zhu – ballet dancer oft the Semper Opera Dresden and guest dancer in Cologne – and Michael Maurissens – choreographer and dancer of the Michael Douglas Company and guest in Beijing – are drawing poetic cyphers with their gestures into the space – synchronously onto the stage in Cologne and onto the stage in Beijing.
A pas de deux in virtual space that bridges two continents with three dimensional animated paintings, visual rhythms and a poetic communication of closeness and at the same time of distance. A direct exchange between dance, soundart and interactive settings.
A new form of choreography. The digital code transports the message.

Using a 3D-engine, a motion-capture-system and the internet a German-Chinese team of artists, musicians and informaticians are connecting two worlds.
The piece was first performed synchronous in Cologne and Beijing September 14th and 15th 2012 (partner: Renmin University of China RUC Beijing).

In addition to the choreography the public of both cities were able to perform together.

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In collaboration with:
  • Tianran Duan
  • Prof. Zhao Fang
  • Matthias Gerding
  • Luis Negrón van Grieken
  • Prof. Heide Hagebolling
  • Sven Hahne
  • Gan Hua
  • Thomas Kombüchen
  • Michael Maurissens
  • David Murmann
  • Sina Seifee
  • Tong Yan
  • Ge Yong
  • Li Zhe
  • Duosi Zhu