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CHINA // OCTOBER 2016 (Day 3)

October 26th was a long day for the company at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Early in the morning our technical staff started setting up the stage and the make up and costume departments unpacked their boxes – while for the dancers two run throughs were scheduled after class. At the same time our Artistic Director Reid Anderson was at the Forum of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival, where he was invited by the Chinese Ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan to hold a keynote speech on “Creativitiy as the Soul of Ballet”. Here are some impressions of the day …


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EMAIL FROM … STUTTGART (LOUIS STIENS)

Louis Stiens, photo: Roman Novitzky

Louis Stiens, photo: Roman Novitzky

Dear audience, dear friends!

I am writing to you from my home. Over the last months I have been collecting my current favorite songs and tracks for a playlist.

On Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8pm I will be mixing and performing the compositions live at the Projektraum LOTTE (Willy-Brandt-Str. 18, next to the State Gallery). Originally I wanted to throw a party with some friends there – but in collaboration with James Fisher (lyrics) and Christine Nasz (space) we developed a multimedia-based production, which created a domestic cosmos.

„Early Night“ is based on my intimate desire to spend a Saturday night with my friends, listening to my favorite tracks and then have a great time, or weep and/or go back home.

This is the second time I realize a project at LOTTE (my choreography SLAM for Robert Robinson dates back two years now). Again I am looking forward to bring another music- and dance-inspired idea to life in this urban space.

Visit us!

:)

Louis Stiens


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EMAIL FROM … INNSBRUCK (LOUIS STIENS)

Louis Stiens, photo: private

Louis Stiens, photo: private

Dear Stuttgart audience, dear friends!

I am writing to you from the Landestheater in Innsbruck, where I have been creating my first longer work outside of Stuttgart. I am just coming from the stage and my head is still so full of the steps, the light design, the sets … but also I can already see the dancers powerfully going towards the premiere!

The title of my piece is “At Gardens” and it is set around a hole in a dark wall. A little anecdote to this is that the idea came to me at the check out counter of Ikea and it settled in my head while I was loading in.

I am looking forward to returning to Stuttgart and the next performances of Onegin, A Streetcar named Desire and the Stravinsky Evening – once again as a dancer on our Stuttgart Stage.

Bye,

Louis


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EMAIL FROM … WÜRZBURG (LOUIS STIENS)

Louis Stiens (Selfie)

Louis Stiens (Selfie)

My dear Stuttgart audience, dear fans, observers and friends!

I am writing to you from Würzburg, a Franconian town by the Main river, where I am creating my first work outside of the Stuttgart Ballet. I met Anna Vita, director of the ballet company at the Mainfranken Theater and a former student of the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. She asked me recently if I would like to create a short gala piece for three of her dancers.
After my creation „High“ for the Stuttgart Ballet I didn’t have so much time and energy, but after a visit to Würzburg I quickly agreed.
My short rock’n’roll piece is titled „Frosty Summers“ and is inspired by the snow of summer, when you are dreaming of an old/new love and then suddenly wake up. Here in Würzburg I have the pleasure to work with some audacious dancers who are just right for me and my piece.
The premiere is on July 7 and then I am looking forward to the last performances with the Stuttgart Ballet! I will be dancing in the performances of the Noverre Society and also Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet will which surely be tragically beautiful!

Maybe we’ll see each other in Würzburg! All the best wishes,

Louis


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EMAIL FROM … PROJEKTRAUM LOTTE (LOUIS STIENS)

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!

Outside Projektraum Lotte, photo: Martin Becker

Outside Projektraum Lotte, photo: Martin Becker

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!

>>SLAM<<

Louis Stiens und Robert Robinson!