Stephen Shropshire: We Are Nowhere Else But Here
We all carry within us traces and knowledge from history. The great challenge is interpreting them. Inspired by political theorist Edward Said’s suggestion that coexistence would be the greatest challenge of the twenty-first century, Stephen Shropshire’s newest work explores the challenge of coexistence in our most intimate encounters, buried, as he writes, ‘in the density of the human knot’. Shropshire’s piece for two dancers explores very personal and sometimes painful endeavours to achieve coexistence, to find ways of understanding the other, our direct counterpart, beyond all generalisations. Piano music by Beethoven and Schubert floats through a door in the background; the man and the woman barely let go of one another. To what extent can she “bear” him? How much respect for her can he maintain? Shropshire, an American based in Maastricht in the Netherlands, was a guest at the first COLOURS Festival in 2015. His new piece has just been awarded the Dutch dance prize “De Zwaan”.
“Brilliant. Disturbing, but brilliant.” – artstalkmagazine.nl, Netherlands
“Stephen Shropshire has excelled himself. This is a jewel, remarkably danced and acted.” – De Volkskrant, Amsterdam
“Here the small can become big: Shropshire’s highly physical piece is an innovative and sophisticated demonstration of the contemporary duet, the art of cooperation in dance.” – NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam
Duration // Dauer: ca. 50 Minuten ohne Pause // approx. 50 minutes with no intermission
Choreographie // Choreography: Stephen Shropshire
Music // Musik: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert
Tänzer*innen // Dancers: Aimee Lagrange & Jussi Nousiainen
Szenenbild // Production design: Stephen Shropshire
Licht // Lighting design: Xavier van Wersch
Produktion // Production: Stephen Shropshire/korzuo producties
Uraufführung // World premiere: February 2, 2017 Korzo Theater, The Hague NL
Photos: Kasia Pol
In Kooperation mit der Stiftsmusik Stuttgart findet am 28. Juni Bach:vokal & Tanz mit der Choreographie Cantata von Stephen Shropshire in der Stiftskirche statt.
In Cooperation with the Stiftsmusik Stuttgart, Bach:vokal & Tanz with choregraphies by Stephen Shropshire takes place in the Stiftskirche on June 28.