PREMIERE: amour espace 2020 // Ben J. Riepe & AURA Dance Company // 28/03/20 // Arts Printing House
As a new production for AURA Dance, German choreographer Ben J. Riepe creates a new version of his piece „amour espace“, which has been touring internationally and was originally produced for five performers in 2007. Together with the dancers of AURA DANCE Theater, the piece will be reworked and newly created into a grand 2020 version for ten performers. The original version, highly formalistic in style, put three male and 2 female dancers in a non-descript room that could be somewhere secluded on earth but just as easily in space, playing with the double-meaning of the title-giving word „space“ (espace). Sporting anachronistic as well as futuristic details in costume and movement, the five performers set out to engage in physical encounters around the moment of a climactic kiss. The new version will highlight elements of our reality in the digital age and at the same time allow for a more visceral, more physical and animal-like approach in performance and movement than the 2007 version.