The Seven Sins

Explore the seven sins through dance, envy, greed, gluttony, anger, lust, sloth, and pride

By In Dance 1 hour 29 min

Among dance aficionados, the names on the cast list alone are bound to be greatly admired, as this production brings together seven A-list choreographers of worldwide fame. Each of them transforms a mortal sin into a dance piece for . The result: a tableau of fiendishness consisting of seven world premieres by , , , , as well as the two Gauthier Dance artists in residence and .

Envy, covetousness, gluttony, anger, lust, sloth, pride…. These are the seven offenses which are considered by the Catechism to be the worst sins that cannot be forgiven. In art, they have ever since inspired every genre. Now, has his company “Gauthier Dance” dance them in seven different ways. He follows the model of the “Cadavre Exquis”, a game of the surrealists, in which several artists put together a drawing or a sentence on a folded sheet, without knowing about the contents of the others. For his collective collage, Gauthier brings together the crème de la crème of the international dance scene, artists who have been known to the Cologne dance public for many years. Each of them transposes one of the deadly sins into movement – dark or garish, minimalist or iconoclastic, from dance theatre to performance to modern ballet, without knowing the work of the others. Thus a mosaic of images is assembled into a large tableau rich in metaphor.

“SLOTH” — human undoing
Choreography: Aszure Barton

“GREED” — Corrupt
Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

“ENVY” — Point
Choreography: Sharon Eyal

“GLUTTONY” — Yesterday‘s Scars
Choreography: Marco Goecke

Direction: Marcos Morau

Choreography: Hofesh Shechter

Direction: Sasha Waltz

A production of in co-production with La Biennale di Venezia (Italy) and Festspiele Ludwigshafen im Theater im Pfalzbau (Germany).