13th Dance & Non-verbal Theatre Festival San Vincenti
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Zagreb Dance Company
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10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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open drift

open drift

Choreography, lights and costumes: Philippe Kratz
Performers: Antonio Tafuni, Nagga Baldina
Music: Borderline Order
Production: Stazione Utopia

Two beings fluctuating and flowing on open water, drifting closer together, letting the currents decide where they will be taken next. Aware of their fate, yet assertive and resolute in their bearings as if they were determined to make the most out of the encounter. Knowing they were united by chance, but also that for this brief moment in time they are the only witness of each others’ existence before they will drift off again separated, disconnected and unfamiliar, potentially transformed for the better.
Transition, transmission and the shared space take on a special and defining role in `open drift`. Stemming from Michel Fokine and Anna Pavlova’s iconic „Dying Swan“ solo from 1905, this is new take on an old theme with young performers reminding us of the excitement and magic that fresh starts can bring.

Philippe Kratz is born in 1985 in Leverkusen. He first encountered dance in German Tanztheater through pedagogue and choreographer Suheyla Ferwer and has since remained fascinated by what makes people move. He went on to study classical ballet at the École Supérieure De Danse du Québec in Montréal and at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin. As a former long-term company member of Italian Aterballetto he has worked with numerous international dancemakers before deciding to move on and deepen his personal understanding of, and artisanship in, choreography. This endeavour was particularly encouraged by Cristina Bozzolini, Aterballetto's then artistic director. In 2018 he created "O", a duet celebrating eternity in a transcendental state, which won 1st prize at Hannover’s choreography competition, as well as a residency with the Australian Dance Theatre. In 2016, german „Tanz” magazine named him “one to watch“ and in 2019, he was awarded "best choreographer" by Italian magazine Danza&Danza. In his work the focus often lies on resilience and its myriad of manifestations in processes like construction, destruction, deconstruction and recomposition. Always interested in installing a direct dialogue and exchange with each dancer, he has created or is currently creating works with Aterballetto, Gauthier dance company, Wiener Staatsballett, Bayerisches Staatsballett and Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

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