Rehearsal Teaser August 2020




Dances with Ligeti

Have ever two forms of art entered a closer and more intricate relationship than music and dance? But how does music actually move? How does dance sound? And where do these sounds and movements meet, once they are liberated from their purported duty to mimic or mirror, to illustrate, to produce an atmosphere, to provide a backdrop, or even to merely coexist, in neat separation?

The Hungarian composer György Ligeti said of his virtuosic Études pour piano that in the process of composition “tactile concepts were almost as important as acoustic ones”. The movements and developments of music, in other words, are not merely a matter of hearing but of sensation, they come to be felt “as a tactile form, as a succession of muscle tensions”. Through these forms and successions, Ligeti’s pieces thus behave like “growing organisms”, and it is following this line of thought that the choreographer Elisabeth Schilling has created an unprecedented take to choreographically interpret those Études pour piano. Treating dance and music as contiguous forms that grow alongside and into each other, she has produced, together with five dancers and the pianist Cathy Krier, a dance-concert and a concert-dance full of captivating multi-sensorial imagery, in which no form or medium ultimately dominates the other.


PREMIERE: 16. / 17. Dezember 2020

Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg



“I was very impressed by Elisabeth’s fine, poetic and sensitive work. I would never have thought that one could imagine choreographies in such  symbiosis with the music. What a wonderful work!” 
Jean-Francois Boukobza, musicologist and Ligeti-specialist

“What was presented in the small excerpt created an enormous appetite for more.” 
Eva-Maria Reuther, Trierischer Volksfreund on preview performance at Mosel Musikfestival 2020
“We were strongly touched by the tight, intimate collaboration of live piano a body in motion. We consider the project to associate both talents to be a plain success.” 
Steve Karier, artistic director of Monodrama Festival Luxembourg
“These first choreographic research results are promising. The harmony and interplay between Cathy Krier and Elisabeth Schilling is already at a very high level.”
   Bernard Baumgarten, artistic director TROIS C-L, Center de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois



Concept & choreography Elisabeth Schilling


Original cast

Live piano Cathy Krier

Creative assistance & rehearsal direction Brian Ca

Dance Elisabeth Christine Holth, Piera Jovic, Brian Ca, Valentin Ganiot, Natalia Gabrielczyk / Cree Barnett-Williams

Costume & stage design Michèle Tonteling

Dramaturgy Moritz Gansen

Lighting design Fränz Meyers

Graphic design Annick Kiefer / STUDIO POLENTA

Photography & videography Bohumil Kosthoryz

Translation Moritz Gansen, Claire Mélot

Produced by Elisabeth Schilling / Making Dances a.s.b.l

Support in administration, producing & consultancy Veronika Meindl, Jana Robert, Aurel Thurn

PR & Production assistance Tyśka Samborska

Administrative assistance Johanna Schmitt


Funded by Ministère de la Culture Luxembourg

Coproduction Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Kunstfest Weimar, Mosel Musikfestival.

Supported by Philharmonie Luxembourg, Œuvre National de Secours Grande Duchesse Charlotte, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Weiterbildung und Kultur des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz / Kultursommer Rheinland-Pfalz, TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois, European Commission, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, Fondation Indépendance, FOCUNA, Monodrama Festival.

Residencies at SPAM!_residenze e programmazione, Italy, WU Art Space, Sweden, Fiskars Artist in Residence Programme, Finland, Dance 4, Nottingham, England, Maison du Portugal Paris, France, TROIS C-L, Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois, Luxembourg, Moselmusikfestival, Germany, Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg.

Special thanks to MMK RechtsanwälteCASTEGNARO  |  Ius Laboris Luxembourg  | Global HR Lawyers,  Jürgen Greis, Frances Tipper,  Roxanne Peak-Payne.