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Artists’ residency programme “Think Big” 2015

Mélanie Lomoff (UK/FR), Andrew Skeels (CA/USA), David Blázquez (DE/ES)

A photo from the Artists’ residency programme „Think Big"
Photo © Jörg Mannes

Mélanie Lomoff (UK/FR): "Do you really think it's gonna come by itself?"


“[…] For her choreography, the upcoming French dance-maker chose […] Franz Schubert to make up her musical arsenal; a piano and ‘Meine Ruh’ ist hin, mein Herz ist schwer…’. The dancers’ bodies cut themselves off and find each other again, and often lose their professional tension […]. At the end of the evening, when Jörg Mannes introduces the three young choreographers on the stage, Lomoff states that her artistic ambition is ‘to show the dancers as people too’. […]”
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 7 September 2015


Andrew Skeels (CA/USA): "...oder nirgends"


“[…] Andrew Skeels is dedicated to the ‘Big Flow’ and illustrates Beethoven’s piano trio in B flat major by getting his dancers to soak up every pianissimo, every pizzicato, like sponges before relaying the feeling of every phrase. In this way, they create lyrical images. Beautiful sounds – beautiful sights. […]”
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 07. September 2015

David Blázquez (DE/ES): "Varha"


“[…] In the very first scene, we don’t quite believe what we are seeing: naked bodies from behind, performing bizarre movement sequences […]. The sophisticated lighting paints ever new images […]. Another sequence references robotic isolation. […] If you don’t like boundaries, you will like David Blázquez’ choreography with the enigmatic title ‘Varha’. […]”
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 07. September 2015

PRoject description

Curtain up on rising young choreographers: the artists’ residency programme “Think Big”, initiated by the ballet of the Hanover State Opera and TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL, offers upcoming dance-makers the chance to work with a ten-person ensemble of dancers of their choice under professional conditions and present the results at the festival. From around 100 applicants, the jury – consisting of guest juror Eric Gauthier, choreographer for Gauthier Dance at Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Jörg Mannes, ballet director at the Hanover State Opera, and festival director Christiane Winter – chose three talented young choreographers to develop pieces in Hanover: Mélanie Lomoff, David Blázquez and Andrew Skeels. The three short choreographies they created during the residency programme – now in its fourth year – are premiered jointly, guaranteeing a dynamic night at the festival under the banner of young dance.

(ca. 120 Min. inkl. zwei Pausen )


Watch rehearsal excerpts on NDR TV


(approx. 120 min. incl. 2 intervals)


Watch a video clip on tv


cast & credits

"Do your really think it's gonna come by itself?"
Choreography: Mélanie Lomoff
Music: Franz Schubert

"... oder nirgends"
Choreography: Andrew Skeels
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven

Choreography: David Blázquez
Music: Andrey Dergachev, d'incise, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Manuel Hoge

Dance and artistic collaboration: Angeliki Gouvi, Francesca Imoda, Katrine Krløkke Allibert, Louisa Poletti, Asuka Julia Riedl, Valentin Braun, Erik Constantin, Yotam Peled,  Anton Rudakov, Hayato Yamaguchi

Production assistant and dramaturgy: Tilman Richter

Training instructor and choreographic assistant: Karine Seneca

Lighting: Wilfried Heitmüller

Costumes: Lorraine Göhring

The „Think Big“ residencies 2015 in Hanover are funded by the Stiftung Niedersachsen, the Stiftung Kulturregion Hannover, the Landeshauptstadt Hannover / Kulturbüro and the Region Hannover.


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