Laurent Chétouane



70 minutes

Today the present means crisis. Chaos no longer just seems to mean a state of exception, but a “model” for the future that is as threatening as it is inevitable. Chaos instils fear. In opposition to the idea of an exclusive threat, Khaos is an ambivalent figure in Greek antiquity. It combines a wide variety of levels of meaning: gape, chasm, abyss, precipice. But it also names the horizon of expansion, immensity, breakup, or opening. As formless form, striving toward something different than it already is, Khaos invokes the dimension of becoming, of possibility, of renewal.

In "KHAOS" Laurent Chétouane brings together four dancers and three musicians to explore the possibilities of Khaos at the edge of chaos. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Rihm and John Cage resounds on stage, marking an affinity with the uncontrollable. The “turbulence zones” in and between the musical pieces are the starting points for the emergence of unstable, threatening, destructive spaces, to which the performers and the audience alike are exposed. The traditional vertical axis of dance loses its visual organizing power and the floor is the only thing that offers a foothold in these spaces without fixed vectors and coordinates. Exposed to the possibility of crashing, of losing, of fear and mourning, the dance becomes an autonomous doing and becoming, a state without goals or any predictable time axis. A body emerges that must discover new relations to the other, to space, to itself, in order not to fall completely victim to the blind and disparate forces of contingent openness. The risk of chaos dissolving the order of the one world is tested out in KHAOS as the chance to create multiple worlds – an attempt at a utopian present.

Before the show on 13 November "Khaos – A Debate about (Dis-)Orientation" will take place. With Joseph Vogl, Marcus Steinweg and Gabriele Brandstetter, moderated by René Aguigah.

Free admission with a ticket for a show of "KHAOS", prior registration required.


Choreography: Laurent Chétouane, and dancers / Musical concept: Laurent Chétouane, with the musicians / Dance: Bilal Elhad, Mikael Marklund, Kotomi Nishiwaki, Tilman O'Donnell / Music: Mathias Halvorsen (Klavier), Tilman Kanitz (Cello), Artiom Shishkov (Geige) / Light: Jan Maertens / Sound: Johann Günther / Costumes: Lydia Sonderegger / Dramaturgy: Marten Weise / Assistant choreography: Sarah Blumenfeld / Costume Assistance: Anna Philippa Müller / Production: Christine Kammer, Hendrik Unger / Thanks for their dramaturgical support and councel to: Jean-Luc Nancy and Jean-François Peyret


  • Past
    Fri 11.11.2016, 20:00 / HAU2
    Sat 12.11.2016, 20:00 / HAU2
    Sun 13.11.2016, 20:30 / HAU2


Production: KHAOS GbR. Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Onassis Cultural Centre Athen, Kaaitheater Brüssel, Kampnagel Hamburg, and House on Fire with support of the Cultural Programme of the European Union. 

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Basisförderung Berlin / Der Regierende Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten. Supported by Dock11/Eden*****Berlin.


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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