WE 15.11.2017, 7.30 PM

Duato | Shechter

Choreographies by Nacho Duato and Hofesh Shechter

Ab 14 Jahren

The Art of Not Looking Back

Choreography by Hofesh Shechter


Ballet by Nacho Duato
Music by Pedro Alcalde, Sergio Caballero, Richie Hawtin, Alva Noto and Mika Vainio

World Premiere

"Duato | Shechter" is a double bill evening, with which the Staatsballett Berlin expands its aesthetic boundaries and breaks out of its own comfort zone.

The British-Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter is one of the stars of the international dance scene. With his unsettling and excessive choreographies he is celebrated world-wide and of course also in Berlin, where in the past his company has performed many times at various dance festivals. With "The Art of Not Looking Back" he has now given one of his works to the repertory of the Staatsballett Berlin.

The Artistic Director of the Staatsballett Nacho Duato will device a new choreography for the double bill program. Under the working title “Erde” (“Earth”) and set to electronic sounds composed by Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Caballero he tackles questions about the ongoing destruction of our planet. After "Herrumbre" it is the Spaniard's second sociopolitical piece in the repertory of the Staatsballett, which once again proves that Nacho Duato masters the choreographic spectrum from the ballet classics such as "The Nutcracker" to contemporary aesthetics.

The first piece of the evening, "The Art of Not Looking Back", was developed in 2009 for the Brigthon Festival in response to the latent (self-)accusation that Shechter would be better at working with men than with women. Taking on this provocation Hofesh Shechter has challenged his dancers in the rehearsals by giving them unusual tasks beyond the previous body experiences.

Nacho Duato has deliberately taken the piece into the Staatsballett repertory as a mirror for his own choreography "Castrati" which was devised exclusively for male dancers.

For the second part of the evening, Nacho Duato brings "Erde", a new creation, onto the stage of the Komische Oper. Together with more than two dozen dancers, Duato takes on a choreographic journey concerning  the current state of our planet. His artistic partners are Pedro Alcalde and Sergio Cabballero, who composed the musical frame. For the sets the Croatian artist collective NUMEN around Sven Jonke and for the costumes the Berlin-based designer Beate Borrmann.

Continuing his sociopolitical program, which most recently has found its expression in the choreography "Herrumbre", the Artistic Director of the Staatsballett Berlin now asks how mankind is dealing with its by no means limitless living space. After all, humanity has brought itself to the edge of an abyss by wasting natural resources and by the thoughtless and profitable handling of the elements.

Please note: During the performance there are triggered sudden strong effects of light, laser and sound, that might go beyond the usual experience.

The Art of Not Looking Back

  • Choreography: Hofesh Shechter
  • Costumes: Becs Andrews
  • Light design: Lee Curran
  • Assistant to the choreographer: Sita Ostheimer
  • Deputy Artistic Director Hofesh Shechter Company: Bruno Guillore
  • Technical implementation: Edmund Trotter


Learn more: There is a free introduction in German for the audience at the performance venue 45 minutes before each performance, except opening nights, guest performances, and special events. It is prepared and moderated by students of the Free University Berlin as part of the Ballet University program.

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