ARIAS Company: Watch

(New York/USA)

World premiere & COLOURS co-production

Can we place the fate of the world in the hands of heroes? One of the inspirations for the creation of this world premiere by Bryan Arias was the bleak superhero comic book Watchmen. The choreographer explores the struggles of modern heroes with their own humanity. He confronts their ominous superpowers with the worst fears of our times and calls the concept of the hero itself into question. Born in Puerto Rico, Bryan Arias grew up in New York, where he was exposed to different styles of street and ballroom dancing. He has been a member of Nederlands Dans Theater (for which he is creating a work in March) and of Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot. These experiences cultivated his love of theatrical, but not necessarily narrative, dance, and of storytelling characterized by melancholic symbolism and a penchant for the satire. In 2013 he founded his own company in New York, with whom he creates poetic, quiet, rather minimalistic works in which the movement of the human body takes centre stage.

“Arias’s approach is similar to the magic mixture in Wes Anderson’s films: The silliness is graced by sincerity, and the poignancy glows with humanity.” – The Boston Globe

Choreography: Bryan Arias | Premiere: June 29, 2019, Stuttgart | Duration: approx. 60 minutes no intermission

Dates & Prices

Cat. 1: 35.– € / dis.: 28.– € / under-18: 28.– €
Cat. 2: 27.– € / dis.: 22.– € / under-18: 22.– €
Cat. 3: 19.– € / dis.: 15.– € / under-18: 15.– €


Dauer // Duration: ca. 60 Minuten ohne Pause // approx. 60 minutes with no intermission

Regie & Choreographie // Direction & Choreography: Bryan Arias
Tänzer*innen // Dancers: Bryan Arias, Olivia Ancona, Jeffery Duffy, Navarra Novy Williams
Musik // Music: Dmitri Belski
Licht // Lighting: Nick Hung
Projektionen // Projection Design: Tabea Rothfuchs
Kostüme // Costume: Carlijn Petermeijer

Co-produced by COLOURS International Dance Festival and the Hessisches Staatsballett / Staatstheater Darmstadt / Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation

WATCH was developed at Jacob's Pillow's Pillow Lab with the support of the Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post

Watch was developed through artistic residency's at The Braswell Arts Center and Lavanderia


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