International May Festival: Dance & Performance
"Golden Days", a ballet by Swedish choreographer Johan Inger, sees the Italian Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto perform a choreographic triptych, dancing to the unifying theme of music by American legends.
"Puz/zle" by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui interprets the history of mankind as an interplay of different identities and cultures. Individually and in groups, the dancers, musicians, and instrumentalists embark on a quest for common roots. An Eastman production in collaboration with deSingel international arts campus, Antwerp.
The latest work of choreographer Hofesh Shechter, "Grand Finale" has met with international acclaim. It is an ambitious piece for dancers and musicians, performed by the Hofesh Shechter Company from England. Shechter's intriguing language of movements confronts the audience with a vision of a world that seems to be full of panic, apocalypse, reconstruction, and violent energy.
Spanish extreme performer Angélica Liddell is peerless in European theatre. Mirroring her inner sufferings in view of the violence of the world, Liddell's radical physical performance art, at times, does not shy away from self-harm. For her piece "The Scarlet Letter", she drew inspiration from Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel of the same name. The invitation of this performance production is dedicated to the late Maria Magdalena Ludewig, co-director of the Wiesbaden Biennale, who died in a tragic accident.