GAUTHIER DANCE//DANCE COMPANY THEATERHAUS STUTTGART
DECLARATION OF LOVE
In any case, the declaration of love, which lasts a good hour, has not lost its lust, even if at most three members of the ensemble are on stage at the same time. Theophilus Vesely opens Gershwin's "Summertime", and as so often with Goecke, one wishes one could stretch this solo in front of the inner eye until one understands the whole spectrum of each individual movement. Even the little finger is part of a detailed choreography, and probably every blink of an eye is still included in the overall impression. Even the sequins on his black suit are dancing along, and the display threads, possibly intended to remind us of Gershwin's Judaism, make every movement an event.
Hartmut Regitz, Tanznetz 13.10.2020
SIRENE ON DISTANCE
Loneliness is the general theme of the evening, a salvo-like body tacato its key signal. Fingers cramped into claws, palms spread like defensive umbrellas or folded in front of the face as mirrors, everyone circles around himself. Exceptionally, Goecke also pays great attention to the legs and feet, up to the virtuoso tap dance number. He offensively couples kicks, circles, loops and jumps to the upper body artistry that is his trademark: a nervous hummingbird flutter of elementary artificiality. With this delicate, delicate and high-frequency motor activity, it is nevertheless possible to measure the whole human soul continent. Gauthier Dance's fifteen performers master this special register with somnambulistic confidence. The collective has long since represented a contemporary ballet aesthetic on an international level.
Dorion Weickmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung 9.10.2020
IN THE SUMMER OF THE ABYSSES
One looks once again at Goecke's cosmos with the amazement of the first moment. "Do you love Gershwin?" The premiere audience answers the one-hour round of questions with long applause.
Andrea Kachelriess, Stuttgart Newspaper 9.10.2020
What happens on the stage of the Theaterhaus Stuttgart is the explosion of an enchained ensemble. When "Do you love Gershwin?" is structured as a solo, the ensemble idea is emphasized. The dancers act soloistically or as a group in mirror image, from a common aura.
Manfred Jahnke, Die Deutsche Bühne
VIRTUOSO IN THE FIGHT FOR LIFE
The first ballet evening after eight months of corona break, and what a gift. Because Marco Goecke has "Do you love Gershwin?" choreographed, it has become a 70-minute blockbuster with all the fascination that his art of dance has to offer. ... Solos and duets are breathtaking in their often ambiguous expressiveness.
Dietholf Zerweck, Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung 10.10.2020
FROM TROLL TO DREAM DANCER
And for the finale, one of the most brilliant solos Goecke has ever created and which so often leads to a dark apocalypse pathos at the end of his pieces. The grandiose Theophilus Vesely poses and spreads himself in front of the mirror, giggles madly to himself and recaptures his meandering arms. From a self-destructive troll, he becomes a dream dancer, gliding along the music. And for the entire "Rhapsody in Blue", he expands the loneliness of the pandemic to a sartrous existentialism.
Angela Reinhardt, Reutlinger Generalanzeiger 13.10.2020