Co-Productions & Commissioned Works // RELICS (2017)

RELICS (2017)

A co-production between Emanuele Soavi incompany and the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra in co-operation with Theater Duisburg and Oper Köln

Featuring the Baroque ensemble and soloists of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra & electronic music by Wolfgang Voigt and Stefan Bohne 

In RELICS choreographer Emanuele Soavi and his eight-person ensemble invite the Baroque ensemble of the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as composer and pioneer in the world of electronic music Wolfgang Voigt to reinterpret Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Together with Cologne-based sound designer Stefan Bohne they embark on a search for new soundscapes and interactive life between live music and dance.

How to take a step from the past into the future? How can relics of long-forgotten eras teach us to break with a tradition in order to create something new? In RELICS Emanuele Soavi retreats to the origin of all life: The human body made of flesh and blood, devoid of words yet speaking for itself. During various experimental setups Soavi separates the body from its myriad connotations, demystifies and deconstructs the sacred relation between body, stage and spectator by minimizing space and shifting sight lines.

The initial spark for this experiment is the wish to translate the bodily into the virtual. A thousand times broken into various levels of music, memory, subtext and relationship, relics of the future are supposed to emerge.

Premiere 14.09.2017 Theater Duisburg / 09.10.2017 Oper Köln

Concept, Choreography
Emanuele Soavi

in collaboration with the dancers Emiliana Campo, Federico Casadei, Quentin Dehaye, Sooyeon Kim, Lisa Kirsch, Mark Christoph Klee, Francesca Poglie, Cosmo Sancili

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Cocnertos IV and V
New electronic composition by Wolfgang Voigt (based on Johann Sebastian Bach)
Sound installation by Stefan Bohne
Baroque ensemble and soloists of the Duisburg Philharmonie Orchestra

Heike Engelbert, Emanuele Soavi

Volker Weinhart

Video / Projection
Meritxell Aumedes Molinero

Choreographic Assistants
Anne Jung, Nora Sitges-Sardà

Project management and dramaturgy
Achim Conrad

Project assistant
Clara Siewering

Presse & Public relations, communication 
Silvia Werner

Alexandra Schmidt /

Joris-Jan Bos

Supported by: Ministery of Families, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports NRW, City Council Cologne