beckett, beer and cigarettes - work in progress
This is the result of a first working period at the Centre National de la Danse, Paris.
A video sketch of our research in November 2006.
Premiere 19/12/2007 at kc nOna, Mechelen, Belgium
BECKETT, BEER AND CIGARETTES
FELIX BÜRKLE / starting point
Three male actors on stage. A nondescript room with only chairs, a table, bottles and cases of beer. The men do nothing but wait. Isnt this boring for the audience? Not even for a second.
The three actors pass the time in a clever, artistic and comical way with just their beer cases and empty bottles. Indeed, Felix Bürkle (choreographer) and his Swedish partner Niclas Stureberg have a circus background. The third man in the Beckettesque waiting room, Jannik Elkær Nielsen from Denmark, found his way to dance through martial arts. All three find very imaginative ways to spend their time waiting. This makes for an exciting performance, from the first moment to the last.
The musician and composer Nils Ostendorf accompanies the action on the stage with trumpet and electronic sounds.
Concept and direction
Choreography and performance
Felix Bürkle, Jannik Elkær Nielsen, Niclas Stureberg
Choreographic and production assistance
Composition and live music
Co-production: tanzhaus nrw, Theater op de Markt
Sponsored by: Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Stiftung van Meeteren Düsseldorf
With friendly support from: kc nOna, PACT Zollverein/Choreographisches Zentrum NRW
Research in residence: Centre national de la danse im Rahmen von IDEE / Carte Blanche, tanzhaus nrw/Düsseldorf (EU Culture Programme 2000)
more information: felixbuerkle.net