Boris Nikitin, Kukuruz Quartett
Music, Dance
Duration: 100 min
Prices: EUR 15 / 25
07. Sep
Time: 8.30pm
08. Sep
Time: 8.30pm
09. Sep
Time: 8.30pm
© Kerim El Mokdad
© Donata Ettlin
© Kerim El Mokdad
© Boris Nikitin
  • Warm-up! Introductions, lectures and talks

    A talk between artist and cultural scientist Eva Egermann and Boris Nikitin
    Date 7 September, 7.30pm
    Language German
    Location Ziegelfoyer

    A talk about 24 Bilder pro Sekunde with choreographer and performer Lee Méir and Simone Keller of the Kukuruz Quartett
    Date 8 September, 7.30pm
    Language German, English
    Location Portikus

    Please note Due to the limited number of places available, the warm-up events operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission 30 minutes before start.

    The full Warm-up! programme is availabe here!

  • Q & A

    9 September, following the performance

  • Evening programme

    Click here to view the evening programme.

  • Poster project

    The poster project Where one is afraid the bodies retreat and there is silence (2020) can be seen in the foyer of Halle E+G, MuseumsQuartier

Like Versuch über das Sterben (Attempt on Dying), Boris Nikitin’s new work 24 Bilder pro Sekunde (24 frames per second) is based on his reflections on vulnerability, not as a shortcoming, but as an ability. This time he swaps words for music and dance. When bodies are no longer under control, motion becomes random. With gestures that have no meaning, and twitching that represents nothing. A form of resistance against human beings as thinking machines. Six dancers of different backgrounds and physical disposition perform an imperceptible transition from everyday gestures to abstraction. The renowned Kukuruz Quartet structures the space with Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerilla for four pianos, a lesser-known yet notable composition of the 20th century. Delicate ramifications and drifting sound carpets burst through as pulse generators for the dancers’ movements. The dissolve of video projections references the spectral and the ghostly. A crescendo of exertion.

  • Artistic Team

    Concept, Direction Boris Nikitin in collaboration with Kukuruz Quartett With music by Julius Eastman, Gay Guerilla, Boris Nikitin, Sacre, Kukuruz Quartett, Medley interpreted by Kukuruz Quartett Sound Design Adolfina Fuck Video Georg Lendorff, Federico Neri Choreographic collaboration, Costume Lee Méir Stage Johannes Maas, Annett Hardegen, Boris Nikitin Lights, Technical Direction Benjamin Hauser With Akiles, Eli Cohen, Dessa Ganda, Renen Itzhaki, Natascha Moschini, Josefine Mühle Production Management Annett Hardegen

  • Production

    Production It’s The Real Thing Studios (Basel) Coproduction Wiener Festwochen, Kaserne Basel, Gessnerallee Zürich Funded from the three-year grant of the Theatre/Dance Expert Committee of the Cantons of Basel-Land and Basel-Stadt Supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS, Ernst Göhner Stiftung

    Premiere February 2020, Kaserne Basel

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