Dear Stuttgart audience, dear ballet fans, dear friends!
I am writing to you from Projektraum LOTTE on Willy-Brand-Straße, where I have been preparing a project with my dance colleague Robert Robinson for some months which is very important to both us.
Projektraum LOTTE is a space designed by art students as a gallery that gives young artists – and those who want to become artists – the possibility to realize their ideas beyond rules and expectations. They are only committed to their own idea, but also with hardly any financial support!
Last year Robert and I passed this little room with two windows on our way home, tired and exhausted from the performances, and we started thinking about what a dancing body would look like inside these decayed, bare but still strangely welcoming walls. A shop window inhabited by a dancer who can be watched by people accidentally passing by, telling about his past/present/future life. This was my first idea and it was received well by the curators of LOTTE who willingly offered their support.
Now I have two more weeks to finish the Solo Slam for Robert. The architect Christine Nasz and her colleague Stefanie Hunold created a space resembling a cell, which gives the gallery a new look. Locked in this floating prison, Robert will adopt the room as his own. From the windows the audience will see him searching the walls and floor for a way out and realizing that he cannot leave this prison, which might also stand for his own body.
We’re wishing for an exciting experience outside of the theatre, which will – in the midst of city life, people passing by, the heavy traffic and the construction site at the main station – question dance, choreography and their place of origin anew.
We are hoping to meet all of you at LOTTE! Please keep your fingers crossed, so we will manage to set up this daring project during the next days and come along to see the result. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
Louis Stiens und Robert Robinson!