Instinctively you grasp the soft organ tighter, startled. Your own pulse even beats faster. And yet I am only holding onto a throbbing beatbox connected with a cable. Aren’t I? I am holding a dancer’s heart in my hands.
Kawaguchi has created an outstanding concept: she brings 3D imagery and live performance into direct contact with each other and peppers the show with different questions.
Michaela Schlagenwerth, 21.02.2015
In collaboration with film director and visual artist Yoshimasa Ishibashi, she has produced a total work of art lasting three quarters of an hour and of a coherence that is as surprising as it is relaxing.
Volkmar Draeger, 20.02.2015
It is a multimedia performance and from the off it launches an assault on the senses...
Annett Jaensch, 25.02.15
...a performance that told of approachability and aloofness, of the mutual understanding between social spheres and their different kinds of music. An evening full of wit and emotion...
Jan Brachmann, 4th May 2012
This Halle puppet theatre and Nico and the Navigators coproduction both charms and challenges the audience with its celebration of bilingualism. It doesn't use surtitles, but rather the German version of the English original is also present as a kind of dialogue or echo. A dapper Adrian Gillot uses something like word choreography to slip in the English version.
Joachim Lange, 4.5.2013
Hümpel uses her creative freedom to take a personal journey into the poet’s world in search of a way to stage the meaning behind motifs meant to read. Jerky puppet-like mechanical movement illustrates the enrapturing diction of the poems in this enticing co-operation with the Puppentheater Halle.
Volkmar Draeger, 15.11.2013
.. Whisky in der Tafelhalle – und das bei der ION, wie geht denn das zusammen? Sehr gut, wie sich beim Auftritt der Musikperformer Nico and the Navigators und des Instrumentalensembles Urban Strings zeigte. Beide führten in einem inszenierten Konzert das Publikum in die schottischen Highlands und ließen die höfische Musik mit der Folk-Musik der noch heute gepflegten schottischen Fiddler-Kultur zusammenfließen ...
Thomas Heinold, 1.07.2013
...following performances of the works of Schubert and Handel, they have taken on the old maestro Rossini's mass, which he composed 34 years after his last opera. In it melodic fervour and elegance sit nonchalantly alongside simple accompanying figures played on two pianos. Nico and the Navigators have created a kind of theatrical theology: scenes of the Iconoclastic Controversy concerning faith, heresy and superstition, the imperatives of doubt and dichotomy, questions of religion, ritual,...
Wolfgang Schreiber, 01.11.2011
...It is the lightness of the choreography within the abundance of enigmatic images, the dazzling humour, the virtuoso grotesqueness and the nonsensical, playful activity that make this production so compellingly entertaining, so full of delight and tension in equal measure. And it is Rossini's music, flowing so effortlessly, artfully elegant and yet seemingly artless, that structures this breathlessly disturbing search for meaning within a wide array of images. A philosophy in movement, a...
Wolfgang Schreiber, 05.09.2011
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