The Hessische Staatsballett invites several teams per season to develop choreographic projects on site in Darmstadt in a workshop atmosphere as part of the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. The emphasis lies on openness and originality. Residents are given as few parameters as possible so as to allow for a wide range of output. First results are shown in open rehearsals or as “work-in-progress” performances. The presentation formats should thereby deliberately play with conventions and access new spaces.
Compagnie Philippe Saire: “Cut”
In Switzerland, choreographer Philippe Saire is considered a key protagonist of the contemporary dance scene. In 1996, he founded his own company. During a residency, the ensemble worked on their new production “Cut”, shown in February 2017 in Darmstadt. A “work in progress” showing was presented September 2016 at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.
Work in Progress: Helena Waldmann “Good Passports Bad Passports”
Helena Waldmann is known for producing work that is strongly authentic and haunting. Recently demonstrated e.g. by her performance of “Made in Bangladesh” in the 2014/15 season at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. During a residency, this globetrotter in all matters of dance, continued work on her project “Good Passports Bad Passports” and presented her initial findings in form of a “work in progress”.
CocoonDance: “No Body But Me”
During the residency CocoonDance company worked on their piece “No Body But Me” that makes us aware of how different media can affect our perceptions of the body by transferring cinematic effects onto the dancers’ bodies.