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Premiere of the first creation for the Staatsballett Berlin under the new directorship: van Dijk | Eyal on 15 February 2019

Berlin, 11 February 2018 --- On 15 February 2019 the Staatsballett Berlin will celebrate the premiere of van Dijk | Eyal at the Komische Oper Berlin. The double bill shows works by choreographers Anouk van Dijk and Sharon Eyal. Distant Matter by Dutch choreographer van Dijk is the first exclusive creation under the artistic direction of Johannes Öhman and Sasha Waltz from 2019/2020. It will be juxtaposed with Half Life by Sharon Eyal, which has been in the Staatsballett’s repertoire since September 2018. A total of nine performances are scheduled from February to June 2019.

Artistic Director Johannes Öhman is excited about the upcoming premiere: »We are very happy to introduce an exclusive original choreography by Anouk van Dijk to our audiences. Pairing her Distant Matter with Sharon Eyal's Half Life will be a perfect match for this double evening. Both choreographies differ in their form and dynamic, but have, at the same time, a captivating energy. Together with the original musical scores by Jethro Woodward and Ori Lichtik, both pieces echo the drive of Berlin's urban heartbeat. In addition, van Dijk's own unique syllabus, countertechnique, has given the dancers new perspectives, not only on their physicality but also on their own creative artistry.«

For Distant Matter, Anouk van Dijk was inspired by the proportions of the Komische Oper Berlin and the energy of the new ensemble of the Staatsballett Berlin. The piece invites the audience to let their gaze wander. From the periphery to the close-up, from the personal to the grotesque, from the familiar to the surreal. With a single dancer as a continuous presence, people connect and separate, merge and dissolve, appear and disappear in changing formations. Together they form a kaleidoscopic tableau. Coming from the Rotterdam Dance Group and after several years with the Pretty Ugly Dance Company, Anouk van Dijk has not only created her own choreographies since 1996, but has also developed her own movement method, the countertechnique. It balances every movement with a counter-movement and thus opens up unusual perspectives for both dancers and the audience.

Distant Matter is juxtaposed with the work of a second woman: Half Life by Sharon Eyal - already in the repertoire of the Staatsballett since September 2018. Eyal about her work, which she created for the Royal Swedish Ballet in 2017: »This creation is monotonous, but with a point of view. This creation can become a good friend under your feet and a bad companion in your hands«. The Israeli danced in the Batsheva Dance Company for 18 years and also started her choreographic work there. In 2013 she founded the dance company L-E-V together with Gai Behar, a DJ, techno musician and organizer of underground raves. Since then she has appeared internationally at the Joyce Theatre (New York), Sadler's Wells (London), Montpellier Danse and Julidans (Amsterdam). She has also created for companies such as the Nederlands Dans Theatre and the Royal Swedish Ballet.



Choreographies by
Anouk van Dijk and Sharon Eyal

Choreography by Anouk van Dijk
Music by Jethro Woodward

Choreography Anouk van Dijk
Set and light design Paul Jackson | Anouk van Dijk | Claus de Hartog
Costumes Jessica Helbach

Dance work by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar
Music by Ori Lichtik

Choreography Sharon Eyal
Co-Choreography Gai Behar
Costume and Make-Up Rebecca Hytting
Light Alon Cohen

Dancers of Staatsballett Berlin
Music from recording

Duration ca. 1 hour 40 minutes incl. 1 intermission

15 February 2019, 7:30 pm at the Komische Oper Berlin

Further Performances
10, 15, 25 March, 01, 11, 14 April, 30 May and 01 June 2019

Tickets: 16-70 Euro, reduced 8-35 Euro