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A reflection on what it means to be human is at the heart of the evening of ballet that renowned choreographer David Dawson is creating with the Staatsballett Berlin.

Collage: Cyan, Foto: Yan Revazov
Collage: Cyan, Foto: Yan Revazov © Collage: Cyan, Foto: Yan Revazov

In January 2021, one of the darkest moments of the pandemic, he embarked on an individual introspective quest with the dancers in his cast to grow a trusting community in the protected space of the rehearsal hall. From this unifying spirit grows sincere hope, which in the result communicates itself to the audience as a universal human sentiment.

David Dawson found the musical basis in Max Richter's composition VOICES (from 2020). The musician spent several years studying the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, giving polyphonic expression to the wording of the first articles of that resolution: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."

This is the substantive prelude to his musical scenes, which he completed under the impression of current, international, oppressive events, as a vision of a better and fairer world, the realization of which lies in the hands of the people themselves. In contrast, we find David Dawson's choreography CITIZEN NOWHERE. In this 2017 solo piece, he deals with the sense of the individual's lostness at a time in world history when people, utterly alone, find themselves in a "modern predicament as soon as, perhaps fleeing, they find their very existence called into question with the status of statelessness." Inspired by "The Little Prince," this solo piece gives physical expression to the philosophy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

David Dawson: "CITIZEN NOWHERE shows that the mere existence of a human being is the most precious thing in the world. Even when you are surrounded by a million people, you still experience your own pain. You always experience your own truth, fear and joy. No one can experience these things for you. That's the miracle of being human." The music for this piece was created in close collaboration with Polish composer Szymon Brzóska.
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Participating artists
David Dawson (Choreographie und Konzept)
Szymon Brzóska (Musik)
Eno Henze (Bühne)
Yumiko Takeshima (Kostüme)
Bert Dalhuysen (Licht)
Altin Kaftira (Film)
Raphaël Coumes-Marquet (Einstudierung)
Rebecca Gladstone (Einstudierung)
Max Richter (Musik)
Eno Henze (Bühnenbild)
Raphaël Coumes-Marquet (Choreographische Assistenz)
Rebecca Gladstone (Choreographische Assistenz)
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Deutsche Oper Berlin
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Deutsche Oper Berlin
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Deutsche Oper Berlin
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Deutsche Oper Berlin
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Deutsche Oper Berlin
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Deutsche Oper Berlin
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Deutsche Oper Berlin