If you have spent the last few weeks down in Katz & Maus or elsewhere, watching the World Cup, then you might fancy a bit of a change of scene this week. Yes, the semi finals and the final are still to be played, but there are some free nights coming up and we’ve got a tip for you that is taking place at the Zionskirche, just a short walk up the hill from The Circus and Rosenthaler Platz.
NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS are a theatre ensemble based here in Berlin that have been home to a good number of well received productions over their fifteen year history. In 2011 their CANTATATANZ – an evening of music, performance and a collage-like composition based on the baroque musical artistry of Johann Sebastian Bach – was such as success that in 2014 they have brought it back to Berlin. The performance features dancer Yui Kawaguchi, countertenor Terry Wey, and musicians Jakob David Rattinger, Mayumi Hirasaki and Eugène Michelangeli, and it is fair to say that the Zionskirche itself, as the venue, plays an important role in the visual language of the piece.
Here’s what they say themselves about what you can look forward to:
“Employing a sensitive theatrical language that incorporates instrumental music, song, dance, acrobatics and drama, NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS draw on the models of classical music to compose new sound and image landscapes that later reveal quite distinct ways of thinking to the audience. The working method of “guided improvisation” opens up a creative dialogue between the arts, the concerted interplay of which in the course of rehearsals is then condensed into a single evening in a series of tableaux.”
There are performances on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th July, and tickets start at €14. You can book them in advance through the Radialsystem V website. If you want to find out more about CANTATATANZ, including photos and videos of previous performances, then check out the NICO AND THE NAVIGATORS homepage.
Photo credit: Dieter Hartwig