Nobody dies in the middle of his life

With the premiere of Nobody dies in the middle of his life Nico and the Navigators will continue their successful format of staged concerts: How do we live with the certainty that we have to die? Are there exercises with which we can prepare ourselves for this farewell? Should we turn death into a celebration, as Nietzsche proposed? Or would it be better to dance on the volcano beforehand?

With music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright, Klaus Nomi and others, quiet and euphoric moments alternate in a lively musical debate - and represent the power of death as the measure of all life. The dancers Yui Kawaguchi and Ruben Reniers meet in ecstatic death dances or become themselves the mysterious power of finiteness. They encounter the celebrated Russian baritone Nikolay Borchev, the soprano Julla von Landsberg, the American tenor Ted Schmitz and the speaker Annedore Kleist in sad, laconic and exhilarating scenes.

With their instruments the violinist Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir, the double bass player Winfried Holzenkamp and the percussionist Philipp Kullen provide a wide sound spectrum between baroque and pop, between art song and quodlibet. Matan Porat, who has made a name for himself both as a pianist and as a composer, has worked on a part of the music in an artfully profound way and takes over the musical direction on the grand piano.


A production of Nico and the Navigators. Co-produced by Konzerthaus Berlin and Bozar Music Brussels. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. In cooperation with Radialsystem.

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