Picture: Iris Janke

Picture: Iris Janke

Picture: Iris Janke

Picture: Iris Janke

Picture: Iris Janke

Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & Münchner Kammerspiele


How close can we get to one another? Meg Stuart has been dealing with this question now for over two decades. "UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP" is also focused on the search for intimacy, that fleeting form of togetherness that provides such a thrill while it lasts. Six performers constitute a temporary collective which has to cooperate in a challenging and playful way and follow an insane set of rules; indulging in yoga exercises or acrobatics, performing magic tricks and rituals, staging battles and experimenting with skin-on-skin contact beyond the usual inhibitions. It is not so much the themes or the sequence of absurd, tender, aggressive or ecstatic scenes which unites "UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP" as a performance: it is more the rhythm – the ebb and flow, acceleration and stasis – that creates a collective space of desire and illusion. The space is initiated and amplified by the vortex-like, unbridled sound of the jazz trio Samuel Halscheidt (bass), Marc Lohr (drums) and Stefan Rusconi (piano/trumpet). "UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP" is a performative experimental set-up in which the experience of physical limits can explode mental barriers: naked, two people are separated by their skin, but through play, they become one experiential, sensuous organism.

At the festival

September 2016
Choreography Meg Stuart
Created with and performed by Neil Callaghan, Jared Gradinger, Leyla Postalcioglu, Maria F. Scaroni, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Kristof Van Boven
Dramaturgy Jeroen Versteele
Live Music by Samuel Halscheidt , Marc Lohr , Stefan Rusconi
Original music created by Paul Lemp , Marc Lohr , Stefan Rusconi
Scenography Doris Dziersk
Costume Design Nadine Grellinger
Lighting Design Jurgen Kolb, Gilles Roosen
Assistant Choreography Francisco Camacho
Assistant Scenography Giulia Paolucci
Assistant Costume Design Davy van Gerven
Artistic Assistant Igor Dobricic
Technical Direction Oliver Houttekiet
Stage Manager Jitske Vandenbussche
Sound Richard König
Light Gilles Roosen
Stage Technician Bart Van Bellegem
Dresser Patty Eggerickx / Emma Zune
Tour Manager Annabel Heyse
Production Manager Sabrina Schmidt
The performance is dedicated to Paul Lemp, friend and musician of Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods.

Production Damaged Goods & Münchner Kammerspiele
Coproduction PACT Zollverein, Ruhrtriennale – Festival der Künste

Special thanks to Klara Luhmen, Peter Pleyer, Dasniya Sommer, Tami Tamaki, Aurore Werniers  and Uferstudios (Berlin)

Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods  are supported by the  Government of Flanders and the  Flemish Community Commission.

Duration 120 minutes