choreography: Julia Maria Koch
performance: Julian Bergonzini, Laura Garcia, Sofia Angelis, Yannick Neu, Erick Odriozola, Emmerich Schmollgruber, Julia Koch
music: Hörður Már Bjarnason
light: Torsten Lippstock
Hither &Thither mirrors the act-order of the romantic ballets in a contemporary way: the first act is about life, second act about "the other side. The first act deals with different life-stories, touching the big timeless issues of human relationships like love, power, guilt, cruelty. The characters are inspired in romantic heroes from literature, ballet and also contemporary identities, who all experience a tragic turnaround of their story, which makes them connect with another realm or shifts their awareness. The second act shows the same characters in an otherworldly setting, where the stores start to dissolve and the former individuality melts into sameness, physical formality into de‐composition and strong visual suggestions. By the end dissolution offers the resolution and leaves us with the unsettling question of our legacy.
Julia Maria Koch dancer and choreographer, with title from Conservatory of Barcelona, worked for renowned companies such as Staatstheater Darmstadt, Operahouse Liceu Barcelona, La Veronal and others. She has worked as a movement consultant for Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has presented her own work at international venues and festivals,e.g. in the Baryshnikov Arts Center of New York City, the Sant Andreu Teatre in Barcelona, Teatro Conde Duque in Madrid, in Mexico, the Great Hall of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Egypt and many others. With her artfilm Solarliod she was invited for many international film festivals and was a finalist at the 7th Screengrab Media Award in Townsville, Australia and the Arte Laguna Prize.