Premiere: CocoonDance // BeatBeethoven // 23-25/7/2020 // City of Bonn

Premiere: CocoonDance // BeatBeethoven // 23-25/7/2020 // City of Bonn

A city parkour with 10 sound/performance installations to compositions by Jörg Ritzenhoff based on compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven and various choreographers and concluding central DanceMob on the occasion of the Beethoven anniversary year 2020.

With the project “BeatBeethoven”, which will have its premiere on July 23, 2020, a city parkour will be created in the city centre of Bonn over three days with numerous installation cells that can be discovered by the urban flaneurs* of this city. Based on rhythm and beat, the performances will bring contemporary and urban dance into the urban space and thus investigate the impact of Beethoven’s music. Each of the stations creates its own cosmos, but in walking the parkour everything complements each other to form a whole – the order does not matter and can be chosen by the spectators themselves.
It is about exchange, encounter and understanding – between dance and music, between the pulse of the city and lingering, between performers and the people who live in this city. To this end, we will take to the small stages of Bonn – to parks and squares, to urban deserts and green islands.

The beat for the stations is provided by the Cologne composer Jörg Ritzenhoff, the choreographies of the individual stations are developed by various choreographers* together with the dancers*. Based on Beethoven’s music, which is given a completely new look with the help of contemporary musical techniques, the dancers set out in search of a common beat. With influences from Parkour, Breakdance, House and contemporary dance, something completely new is created – always in exchange with the rhythm of the city.

At the end of the evening, a big DanceMob takes place on Poppelsdorfer Allee at 6:30 pm, where all performers of the city come together and celebrate diversity and togetherness.

Supported by BTHVN2020 with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis and the City of Bonn.