© Hauch #2 - Uraufführung © Wonge Bergmann

Hauch #2

Ensemble Modern & CocoonDance

Among composers, perhaps Rebecca Saunders is the grandmaster of string figures. She describes how she grasps sounds and noises with her hands, feeling their potential between the palms of her hands. ›Hauch #2‹ is a collage for music and dance. Here, passages and fragments of existing solo pieces and a duet merge within a new work. Along the way, Saunders is interested in the tensions arising when the »soliloquies« of the solos clash in a shared space, superimposing one another and interweaving. The result is a carpet of sound upon which the dancers move in a choreography by Rafaële Giovanola. This emphasizes the physicality of the two artistic means of expression, a physicality binding them together.

The dancers absorb the music’s reverberations, allowing them to flood their bodies organically – like a breath, a whiff, a hint: “Hauch”. And when the musicians gently brush a wand across the rims of several vessels, the evening has achieved tenderness after all.Hamburger Abendblatt, asti
The experiment of merging music and movement, with musicians and dancers performing as equal protagonists, worked out very well on this evening.General-Anzeiger, Bernhard Hartmann
Rarely does dance commit so totally to music; often, the latter is used to support dance through atmosphere and rhythm. Here, however, it seemed as if both were willing to lose themselves in meditation and experimentation, with both arts entirely in the present time and united in mutual respect.Frankfurter Rundschau, Sylvia Staude
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Rebecca Saunders: Hauch #2 - Musik für Tanz | Ensemble Modern und CocoonDance (Trailer)