Der Reigen / The Merry-Go-Round
An extremely beautiful song about death
Photos: D. Ersing, J. Kressin
Inviting, brisk, grinning, playing music and dancing grotesquely, this is how Death is shown as a skeleton in the medieval Danse Macabre. Opposite of him - the human being: wondering, hesitating, persisting in a gesture. Many variations of the Danse Macabre have since formed the artistic examination of human beings with Death, but in the end all concepts mirror the inconceivability of the moment: our own meeting with Death.
Artists from different genres, cultures and generations are sharing their conceptions, fears and strategies to live with certainty of death. In a merry-go-round of pictures, movements, words and sounds, this same recurrent moment is played through in different modes: "mysterious", "maestoso", "in soft tones", "melancholy", "excited, frivolous, swinging" are the performing instructions.
And ... in the end we can witness an immortality: bawdy Punch and longing-to-die Pierrot show us, how Death can be outwited.
Choreography: Rose Breuss ::: Performance, Puppets, Stage: Christoph Bochdansky, Michael Vogel ::: Dance: Kai Chun Chuang, Damian Cortes Alberti, Marcela Lopez Morales ::: Live-Music: Protect Laika (Stefan Wenzel, Charlotte Wilde) ::: Advice mask scenes: Björn Leese, Michael Vogel (Berlin)
Christoph Bochdansky [Wien], COV Compagnie Off Verticality [Linz] and Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel [Leipzig], co-production with Westflügel Leipzig
Supported by Stadt Leipzig and Kulturstiftung des Freistaats Sachsen, Maßnahme mitfinanziert durch Steuermittel auf der Grundlage des vom Sächsischen Landtag beschlossenen Haushalts