British painter Francis Bacon immortalized on canvases the abyss of the human soul. He presented sincerely, painfully and beautifully the relations between mechanisms underlying human nature: desire, domination and exclusion. Nanine Linning examines emotional realities from painter’s work in her spectacle Bacon. „I am interested in animal, instinct” Linning admitted. That’s the reason why she requires from her dancers to constantly cross limits of their physical abilities. In physical dimension, Bacon’s paintings are very similar to dance: their expression and emotional baggage seem to have source in movement. Sophisticated, full of wild beauty, sometimes aggressive and bestial in form — these are the images Linning creates as a reflection of the painter’s canvas. This fascinating spectacle debuted 12 years ago. Now, it has returned to the stage, with a new choreography and set design based mainly on video and light.
Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg is a part of a larger organism — the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg. Nanine Linning has been the artistic director and choreographer of the Dance Company since 2012. She works regularly with a group of 12 dancers, preparing premiere performances each year. Since 2014, Theater und Orchester Heidelberg organizes its own international dance festival — Tanzbiennale Heidelberg.
Concept, choreography: Nanine Linning
Music: Jacob ter Veldhuis
Light, scenography: Jan Boiten
Video: Juliane Noß
Performers: Marie-Louise Hertog, Naomi Kamihigashi, Rina Murakami, Arno Brys, Sho Takayama, Luca Tomasoni
The project is supported by Goethe Institut in Krakow.