ZERO Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern

ZERO Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern

More on the dance performance last night: ZERO is a modern dance that depicts an apocalyptic vision of the end of the earth, and the last dances of humans and animals. The choreography required incredible stamina of the dancers, as they moved through long scenes involving extremely difficult postures to represent airlessness, longing anxiety, conflict, gathering together, panic, and flight, incorporating some vocal sounds as well. The music for these scenes was a beautifully performed series of pieces by Arvo Part and Philip Glass. Finally, after an unusual scene in which two dancers suspended from straps “traveled” vertically across a wall of projected shifting fantastic landscapes, there is a final scene “New Cycle of Life” accompanied by the elegiac Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The dancers now are fully human, and the movements are more harmonious, relational, and perhaps representing the birth of a new world. For more, see the web site:


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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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