This multimedia dance production tells the universal story of two people drifting apart. Linning turns the spotlight on a relationship between two people who straddle the thin line of breaking up, showing the stages of a relationship full of confidence and love, spiralling into sorrow, anger and separation. They can’t live with nor without each other, the audience witnesses the emotional experience of universal love and its painful ending.
De Volkskrant wrote in 2010: “Linning splendidly gave shape to this theme using a theatrical invention: the dancers move around on a long conveyor belt running between two voile curtains showing video images. This creates a magical cinematographic scenery.”
This production started as an evening length duet in 2010 for Nanine Linning Foundation, and was reworked into a version of 10 dancers for Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater und Orchester Heidelberg which moved audiences to tears. In 2019 Nanine and her artistic team will take both versions and recreate it into a multimedia drama about universal stories of separation, loss, and the long lasting psychological impact of farewell under the title Endless Song of Silence. Nanine Linning will recreate her choreography with 10 dancers of her own ensemble, and adds new costumes, video’s, choreography, and music.
Endless Song of Silence is created with the entire Symphony #3 of Henryk Górecki at its centre. Linning: “I hear in this music the last minutes and seconds of life, the notion of time slipping away, everything slows down to the very final chord followed by a silence which seems to last forever, hence my title.
Het Financieel Dagblad wrote: “The wonderful thing about this dance piece with the elegant title ‘Endless Song of Silence’ is that it is left open to different interpretations. Some will see this as symbolic for the aftermath of an intensive relationship conflict, while others will regard it as representing humanity’s vulnerability.....”
For Endless Song of Silence Nanine Linning collaborates with the celebrated Russian fashion designer Irina Shaposhnikova to create new costumes and multimedia artist Roger Muskee for new video projections and live camera work.
NRC Handelsblad wrote: “The set design in ‘Endless Song of Silence’ is a delight to the eye.... The interaction between the video images and dancers looks fabulous.”
Premiere September 13th, 2019
Theater Meervaart, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 1 Hour 42 Minutes – No Intermission
Concept, Choreography, Stage: Nanine Linning
Dramaturgy: Peggy Olislaegers
Music: Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki, Joep Franssens
Costumes: Irina Shaposhnikova
Video and live cameras: Roger Muskee
Light: Loes Schakenbos
Choreographic Assistance: Erik Spruijt
Dancers 2019: Demi-Carlin Aarts, Mirko de Campi, Luca Cappai, Kimmie Cumming, Milan van Ettekoven, Anna Süheyla Harms, Boglarka Heim, Sergio Indiveri, Hang-Cheng Lee and Kyle Patrick
Dancers 2010: Nanine Linning, Danilo Colonna
Technical director: Ingo Jooß
Stage manager: Richard Bron
video edit: Juliane Noß
Endless Song of Silence is a production from Dance Company Nanine Linning and is presented in cooperation with Kulturbüro Offenburg with support of Tanzland, Fonds für Gastspielkooperationen. Parts of choreography and light have been created for and produced by Theater und Orchester Heidelberg