Painter, photographer and choreographer VA Wölfl is an emblematic figure in the German dance world, and his NEUER TANZ company has been at the cutting edge of art since the 1980s. His provocative, radical and beautiful productions turn every night into an event and the stage into a place of aesthetic research.
VA Wölfl studied painting with Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg, photography at the Folkwangschule in Essen and he has been a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin since 2007. Without a doubt, VA Wölfl is one of the most contemporary creators that exist today, as can be seen in the sets that he generates from classical dance. His works combine the languages of the visual arts, dance, theatre, music and photography, blurring the dividing line between them and provoking and stimulating the viewer's perception.
In “von mit nach t: No 2”, VA Wölfl combines things that do not normally sit well with one another: the military with dance or angels’ wings with violent sounds. And when the white cube (which is how the art world refers to an exhibition space) is lit up with a monochromatic light, in accordance with Le Corbusier’s keyboards of colours, and the actors form imperfect groups of suggestive tableaux vivants; when they burn the microphones, the dancers pass themselves off as astrophysicists or ghosts, it plummets to the ground accompanied by a deafening noise… that is when the spectator experiments a unique aesthetic exploration. And that is something well worth experiencing.
Direction and coreography: VA Wölfl
With: Alfonso Bordi, Lenah Flaig, Naoko Hoshino, Ondrej Krejci, Nicholas Mansfield, Maki Masamoto, Maria Moretti, Eva Pageix, Kristian Schäfer, Kristin Schuster, Yuki Takimori, Jürgen Grohnert, Roland Kreuzer, Achim Niekel, Thomas Schneider, Wolfgang Wehlau, Emanuel Wittersheim and VA Wölfl
Production/co-production/collaborations: Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, die Stiftung Schloss und Park Benrath, Defence Systems & Equipment international London, Kulturstiftung NRW and NEUER TANZ