STAGES INTO THE NOW is both a series of films and a solo for Scott Jennings, the former acclaimed dancer in Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal. Alexandra Waierstall has been collaborating with Scott for several years and is always inspired as a maker by his effortlessly striking presence and minimal nuanced interpretation.
In this solo a specific history and location is referred to. With a stunning solo performance, an unravelling music score by Volker Bertelmann aka HAUSCHKA and the mesmerizing lights by Caty Olive we weave the past and present in a choreographic encounter with Wuppertal and its opera house, while it was sadly abandoned during the pandemic and devastated by floods in 2021. This is a house and city Alexandra Waierstall has a personal connection to, with her father’s German lineage rooted there, and has been a starting point for the work.
A dance emerging from this dream-like setting, bringing us into a state of drift and subtle dialogue with Pina Bausch, Discoteca Flaming Star and Sappho, and ultimately with the permanence of change.