Frankfurt Dresden Dance Company - Jacopo Godani

Frankfurt Dresden Dance Company ::Al di Là


In Al di Là Jacopo Godani creates a brand-new context for Schönberg’s musical composition:Transfigured Night. He renews the invitation for the public to enter another world; to contemplate what the illusion of endless transformations, and the appropriation of life might look like.


Through the artful use of choreography, costumes and set design, the dancers metamorphose into living beings. Living beings on their path to perform something that doesn’t yet exist. The process of becoming human appears to be entrusted to their will, and their bodily movements carry traits of abstract storytelling. This aesthetic approach to the experience of metamorphosis restores it to a poetic world. And the stage, as representational space, grows into a mythical narrative.


Arnold Schönberg’s Transfigured Night is a string sextet for two violins, two violas, and two cellos by Arnold Schönberg that dates to 1899. It is one of the composer’s most-performed pieces. Transfigured Night is a kind of tone poem – that is, an instrumental composition with plot content for orchestra. Schönberg transferred the idea of symphonic poetry to the realm of chamber music. He arranged the original string sextet for string orchestra in 1917. This version is the basis of Godani’s choreography.
Große Themen, Große Bilder, Grandioser Tanz
Mit „New Creations“ bricht die Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company auf zu neuen Ufern.
„Unit in Reaction“ und „Al di Là“ von Jacopo Godani erleben an diesem zweiteiligen Tanzabend ihre Uraufführung.
Kritik von Boris Michael Gruhl
22. Februar 2018

Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten
Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company tritt in Hellerau auf
Aktueller Bericht von Boris Michael Gruhl
22. Februar 2018

Sächsische Zeitung
Schatten und schimmernde Haut
Aktueller Bericht von Uwe Salzbrenner
22. Februar 2018

Bericht zur Uraufführung von Jacopo Godanis New Creations bei MDR Kultur, Journal am Vormittag am 22. Februar 2018
Moderator Sven Kochale im Gespräch mit Ballettkritiker Boris Michael Gruhl

Al di Là

Choreography Jacopo Godani

Light, Stage, Costumes Jacopo Godani
Light Operator Jochen Göpfert
Music Arnold Schönberg, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op. 4, (c) Universal Edition AG Wien
Under-Cover Stage Set Matthias Bringmann
Length 31 min / 5 dancers
World Premiere 21 February 2018, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden