Frankfurt Dresden Dance Company - Jacopo Godani

Frankfurt Dresden Dance Company ::New Creations

In New Creations, the latest world premiere by Jacopo Godani and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, the choreographer features diverse experiences of rhythm, space, choreography and embodiment. He gathers two universes together to forge this unique performance.

In Unit in Reaction, the kingdom of reality is suspended when a supposedly familiar setting is altered by the unexpected. The dancers adapt to this unusual environment, transforming the choreography into necessary actions that move towards situations. These significant movements inspirit the use of objects, the choreography, and the dramaturgy.

Godani conceives environments and geographies that contain hidden foundations. He leaves space for the audience to explore an unmapped landscape in which choreography moves between different planes: the intangible qualities of the material world with established existing objects, and the accepted purpose of such objects, as well as their alterations. In this unmarked territory, nothing completely disappears. What came earlier, continues to underpin what follows. There is a threshold in which dancers embody the intersection of choreography and the environment. Space becomes organic in the togetherness of the groups, and in the angularity of the individuals within groups, consequently offering the choreography directness of expression. This whole reterritorialization of the stage and space -the repurposing of the landscape- encompasses the dance itself and, moreover, a vision of a future.

In Unit in Reaction, Godani once again works together with the composer duo 48nord who create a fascinating electronic musical horizon for the choreography.

For Al di Là, Jacopo Godani decided to choose a musical composition with a narrative. 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. Schönberg drew inspiration from Richard Dehmel´s poem of the same name, published in the collection Weib und Welt, in 1896. Though originally composed for a string sextet, 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. Schönberg´s Transfigured Night was rejected by the Vienna Music Society on account of an uncategorized chord: the inversion of a ninth chord to be precise. Accordingly, it was considered non-existent. Years later, in his Theory of Harmony, the composer himself expressed his understanding of the Society’s objection: “for how can one perform something that does not exist?”

Jacopo Godani creates a brand-new context for Schönberg's musical composition. 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.

In Unit in Reaction and Al di Là, the stage contains a secret that invites the audience into two new dimensions. It is impossible to put them into words. These dimensions need the stage to be embodied and to make the difference between new realities palpable. They lead us in two worlds that we can never quite apprehend. These perpetually redesigned spaces are whispers to the future.

Text by Luisa Sancho Escanero. The author would like to thank Dr. Karin Dietrich, director of the Institut für Zeitgenössische Musik der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, for her extensive guidance and support regarding the theoretical aspects of Arnold Schönberg’s „Verklärte Nacht“. Warm thanks are also extended to Mr. Eike Feß of the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna for his kind support.

New Creations

by Jacopo Godani

Unit in Reaction
Choreography Jacopo Godani
Music 48nord (Ulrich Müller, Siegfried Rössert)
Light Design Jacopo Godani
Light Programming Jochen Göpfert
Costumes, Stage Jacopo Godani
Length 28 min
Al di Là 
Choreography Jacopo Godani
Music Arnold Schönberg, Verklärte Nacht, op. 4, (c) Universal Edition AG Wien
Light Design Jacopo Godani
Light Programming Jochen Göpfert
Costumes, Stage Jacopo Godani
Under-Cover Stage Set Matthias Bringmann
Length 31’25 min

World Premiere 21 February 2018, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, Dresden, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden
Frankfurt Premiere 17 March 2018, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, Frankfurt am Main, Bockenheimer Depot