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Der Step­pen­wolf

Dance creation (world premiere) by Goyo Montero based on the novel of the same name by Hermann Hesse

Sunday, 14/01/2024

07.00 PM - 08.30 PM

Performance

06.30 PM Introduction (in German)

Opernhaus

Abo Q, Q1, Q2

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Choreography and production by Goyo Montero

Music by Owen Belton (new composition)

World premiere

For his new creation, ballet director Goyo Montero was inspired by Hermann Hesse's novel "Der Steppenwolf", published in 1927, which, in fact, is being staged as a dance piece for the first time since records began. In his cult novel, Hesse analyses the deep inner conflict of an artist's personality. Chief choreographer Goyo Montero has developed from this an immersive piece that consciously involves the audience in what is happening on stage. This makes every performance a very special, expansive and individual experience.

DIGITAL Introduction (in German)


Online introduction

Description

In his oeuvre, Goyo Montero has already dealt many times with works of world literature classics. He created dance pieces inspired by Goethe’s "Faust", Rostand’s "Cyrano de Bergerac", Cervantes’ "Don Quixote" and Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream". With "Der Steppenwolf", Montero continues his line of multidisciplinary choreographies. He once again invests in the diverse talents of his various ensembles, which are also showcased in the context of acting and live singing.

For his latest dance piece, Goyo Montero was significantly inspired by the work and personality of the German performance artist Joseph Beuys. The influences from this special artistic cosmos can be traced throughout the entire decor concept. They range from the materials that characterise the multifunctional mobile stage set by Curt Allen Wilmer and Leticia Gañán to the artistic masks and costumes designed by Salvador Mateu Andujar for the ensemble. Live recordings are part of the artistic spectacle and, in conjunction with the video design by Álvaro Luna and the sophisticated lighting design by Martin Gebhardt, turn the audience into participants.

Composer Owen Belton, a recognised expert in contemporary dance composition and Montero's artistic partner for many years, created a multi-layered new composition especially for this production. The music is a fascinating mixture of electronics, vocals, sounds and classical-orchestral instrumentation, which further intensifies the mesmerising atmosphere of the piece.

Team

Konzept, Choreografie und Inszenierung

Musikalische Leitung (Zuspielung)

Bühne

Kostüme

Video

Lichtdesign

Licht

Neukomposition

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Dates and cast

Cast on 14/01/2024

Der anonyme Zuschauer

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Press reviews
Süddeutsche Zeitung

"A furious dance piece. (...) Neither Haller nor Beuys are drawn as continuous figures, rather they rush through the action in multiple incarnations, which is mirrored and refracted on the text, dance and sound levels. The more sensual the scene, the more beguiling the effect. (...) The dance company shines as a multi-limbed organism, as an alliance of expressive personalities who have internalised Montero's gripping movement idiom from the tips of their feet to the tips of their fingers."

Dr. Dorion Weickmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Die Deutsche Bühne

"The choreographer only needs a few minutes at the beginning to introduce his convincing arsenal of characters. (...) Nuremberg's ballet director's choreographic work with these set elements alone is worth a visit to his new production, which runs without intermission. With an incredible attention to detail, Montero has ventured into new territory and, with his fantastic ensemble, has brought a splendidly dense, imaginative dance theatre show in high-end multimedia quality to the stage. (...) What the multinational ballet company achieves in this staging combination of dance, drama, music, sound and video, over and above the complex purely choreographic challenges, is remarkable."

Vesna Mlakar, Die Deutsche Bühne

Nürnberger Nachrichten

"In terms of dance, Montero's piece is a very intense, mercurial mixture of longing solos, fugitive pas de deux and, in particular, suggestively atmospheric group scenes. The company's 27 dancers move in the complex, fast-paced multimedia setting like fish in water, taking on every challenge, playful and otherwise. (...) In 'The Steppenwolf', Goyo Montero impressively proves that he and his team know how to use multi-media means to condense dance into a confusing and fascinating journey into the inner world of an artificial individual. (...) In its many reflections, 'Der Steppenwolf' is nothing less than the fascinating endoscopy of a psyche."

Thomas Heinold, Nürnberger Nachrichten

Curt

"Montero's 'Steppenwolf' condenses the hustle and bustle of instincts, the human being between abyss and longing, convention and breaking taboos. (...) The majority of the premiere audience found the 'Steppenwolf' version overwhelming and applauded extensively."

Andreas Radlmaier, Curt

susyQ

„Die Anforderung von Montero, der bereits seine Fähigkeit und sein Talent unter Beweis gestellt hat, große Werke mit zeitgenössischer Optik zu schaffen, ist dieses Mal noch ein wenig weiter gegangen, indem er Bedeutungsebenen und szenische Elemente von großem Niveau hinzugefügt hat, um eine immersive Erfahrung zu erzeugen. (...) Neben den vielfältigen, manchmal feinen, manchmal entfesselten Bewegungselementen, die die Qualität ihrer Form und die der Tänzer*innen, die sie umsetzen, zeigen, wollte Montero den Zuschauer „herausfordern“, der durch die Nähe zum Tanz und durch den Einsatz einer Live-Kamera, die ihn in einigen Szenen spiegelt, zur Mitwirkung aufgefordert wird.“

Sara Esteller, susyQ

Tanznetz

"In the guise of an immersive Gesamtkunstwerk, the like of which is not often experienced on a stage at a state theatre, it figuratively challenges the audience to think for itself. (...) And the audience laughs along until the laughter gets stuck in your throat. Wow!" Alexandra Karabelas, Tanznetz

Rezensöhnchen

"Goyo Montero's 'The Steppenwolf' combines various art forms and attempts to leave many interpretative spaces open. And this concept is effective: after a multitude of surprises, the audience is left stunned and somewhat disturbed after the final lowering of the curtain. The wild ride through the various atmospheric images is affecting and shows the emotions of the torn main character more clearly than many other text-heavy film or theatre plays. The production is demanding and doesn't let the audience rest for a moment - but if you're not expecting a classical ballet and want to get involved with the special art form of performance art, the Nuremberg State Theatre is the place to be these days."

Nina Schäfer und Theresia Seisenberger, Rezensöhnchen

a3

"The experience is an effective multimedia performance with magical moments that also reveal the choreographer's affinity for film. (...) Once again, the trip to Bavaria's second-largest metropolis was worthwhile, where a visually stunning evening in the sold-out Staatstheater sometimes irritated (...), sometimes captivated and always proactively encouraged the audience to engage in a concentrated and open excursion into Hesse's enigmatic universe. (...) It is an aesthetically complex "hell" play."

Renate Baumiller-Guggenberger, a3

V-Das Studimagazin

"80 minutes of dance at the highest level."

Henrik Hölsch, V-Das Studimagazin

Dance Europe

"Goyo Montero has taken a giant leap outside of his comfort zone, creating something very much more than just an evening of dance (...), a rather unorthodox yet strangely remarkable piece of tanztheater."

Alison Kent, Dance Europe

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