Cullberg Ballet / Deborah Hay

Figure a Sea

Tanz im August

In “Figure a Sea“, Cullberg Ballet brings together 17 dancers in an artistic master meeting between two of the performing arts very greatest: the choreographer Deborah Hay and composer Laurie Anderson.

Within “Figure a Sea“, the dancer and the stage are considered a sea of endless possibilities. The choreography moves between technical proficiency and minimalistic expression. Nothing happens by chance. Hay challenges, without diminishing, the dancer's intelligence, beauty and speed. Ease, accuracy, visibility, ambiguity and uniformity are the key words for this work.
Hay describes “Figure a Sea“ as a meditation on seeing: Seeing music, fleeting incidences, synchronicities, collectivity and surprise. For her, it is a space for self-reflection: a space for seeing oneself seeing.

Deborah Hay is one of the most radical and influential post-modern artists, who still expands our perception of dance. Here, she joins forces with another pioneer Laurie Anderson, performance artist, musician and film-maker, to create a delightful experience of the music, sound and choreography.

Co-commissioners Zodiak, Center for New Dance, Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, New Jersey, Balletto di Roma, Centro per la Scena Contemporanea - Comune di Bassano del Grappa, CCAP
Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute, Stockholm

Duration 60 min


Choreography and direction: Deborah Hay / Composer: Laurie Anderson / Set and lighting design: Minna Tiikkainen / With: Ulrika Berg, Anand Bolder, Barry Brannum, Alexandra Campbell, Eleanor Campbell, Jac Carlsson, Eszter Czédulás, Agnieszka Sjökvist Dlugoszewska, Tilman O'Donnell, Samuel Draper, Unn Faleide, Anne Hiekkaranta, Katie Jacobson, Paolo Mangiola, Eva Mohn, Gesin


  • Past
    Tue 30.8.2016, 19:00 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele
    Wed 31.8.2016, 19:00 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele


Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Schaperstr. 24, 10719 Berlin

The Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Schaperstraße 24 has wheelchair access without steps to the foyer and to the auditorium on the ground floor. A wheelchair accessible lift is available for the upper foyers. This lift is equipped with tactile lettering. There is a WC on the ground floor for persons with restricted mobility.

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