Kiriakos Hadjiioannou (BS/GR), Fabrice Mazliah (CH) & Ensemble Modern (DE) «Hyperion / Higher States, Part 2»

In his longing for a sublime world, Hölderlin’s early Romantic character Hyperion wavers between manic-depressive and hallucinatory-euphoric states. Hyperion’s attempts to harmonically unite art and beauty, the gods, nature, love and revolution are doomed to failure – Hölderlin’s work stands for a contradictory and ultimately disappointing project of modernity. A fatigued Hyperion retreats into nature in order to write his epistolary novel from there. His philhellenic air, with Greek antiquity as his ideal, raises questions regarding the construction of Western heritage and its impasses: Against the background of a country ruined by the economic crisis Hyperion’s hymns of praise sound almost ironic and insipid today. This material serves as the starting point for the collaboration between the two choreographers Kiriakos Hadjiioannou and Fabrice Mazliah with Ensemble Modern, one of the leading ensembles of New Music. Based on Hölderlin’s epistolary novel, the ensemble’s musical score seeks to move the bodies on stage and to transfer the colour and the sound of this historical work into our present time marked by disillusion, urgency, rebellion and escapism.

Kiriakos Hadjiioannou receives the June Johnson Dance Prize 2017 from the Federal Office of Culture (BAK) and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation for "Hyperion / Higher States, Part 2".

There will be an audience discussion after the show on Fri 15th.

Introduction "Get Physical!" on Friday the 15.12. at 6.30 pm.
Concept Kiriakos Hadjiioannou
Choreography, Direction Kiriakos Hadjiioannou and Fabrice Mazliah
Performance Tamara Bacci, Nancy Stamatopoulou, Fabrice Mazliah, Kiriakos Hadjiioannou
Music - Ensemble Modern Eva Böcker, Megumi Kasakawa, Giorgios Panagiotidis, Sava Stoianov, Dietmar Wiesner
Sound Artist Johannes Helberger / KLING KLANG KLONG
Sound Director Alexander Kolb
Costumes Orsalia Parthenis
Light Design & Technical Director Jost von Harleßem
Stage design Urs August Steiner
Dramaturgy Margarita Tsomou, Bernhard Siebert
Oeil Intérieur, Production Assistant Katerina Drakopoulou

Production Management Antibodies. Mamaza (Johanna Milz), Ensemble Modern (Edda von Gerlach)

Production Antibodies, Mamaza and Ensemble Modern.
Co-production Kaserne Basel and cresc... Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main.
Support Fachausschuss Tanz und Theater der Kantone Basel Stadt und Basel Land, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung.
Cooperation Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Tanzhaus Zürich.
Introduction: Get physical!
Fri 15.12. / Beginning: 6.30 pm

Dancers do not use words. So how can I understand them? Come to our introductory event and activate your inner dancer!

With Pascale Utz and Brigitte Züger

The introductory event contains elements of active movement and discussions. However, prior knowledge or training clothes are not required.

Meeting point: 6.30 pm at the fountain in front of the Kaserne.
Duration: 45 min

Free entry.