Emanuel Gat (FR | IL)

The Goldlandbergs

Tanz im August

The story of a family in fugal form: in “The Goldlandbergs” the Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat conveys an intimate view of the complexity of human relationships. His piece is based on Glenn Gould’s recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, made several months before the pianist’s death in 1981, as well as on Gould’s 1977 radio documentary “The Quiet in the Land”. In the manner of a fugue Gould contrapuntally combined with music and sound effects the voices and noises collected in a Mennonite community in Manitoba, Canada. His portrait of a strictly religious family whose way of life comes under increasing pressure in the 20th century is also a multi-layered reflection on society and social co-existence, on art and politics. Gat works with movement in the same way Gould did with sound. Clear structures leaving space for spontaneity open multifaceted perspectives on social contexts and their influence on the individual. “The Goldlandbergs” investigates the contrapuntal essence of choreography and grants dancers and viewers alike the freedom to make their own artistic and interpretational decisions.

Choreography created in collaboration with and performed by Hervé Chaussard, Aurore Di Bianco, Michael Löhr, Pansun Kim, Philippe Mesia, Geneviève Osborne, François Przybylski, Milena Twiehaus
Soundtrack "The Quiet in The Land", prepared and written by Glenn Gould
Additional music J.S.Bach, Goldberg variations.
Piano Glenn Gould.
Stage and lights designs created incollaboration with Samson Milcent 
Sound designs created in collaboration with Frédéric Duru

Production Emanuel Gat Dance
Coproduction Festival Montpellier Danse 2013, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), deSingel- International Art Campus (Anvers), Lincoln Center Festival 2014 (NewYork), CCN Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais Carolyn Carlson
Supported by Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône
In cooperation with Berliner Festspiele 

Duration: 60 minutes


Production: Emanuel Gat


  • Past
    Fri 23.8.2013, 20:00 / Haus der Berliner Festspiele
    Sat 24.8.2013, 20:00 / 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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