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Tanz Kongress 2022 | Mainz | Sharing potentials

But Then, We’ll Disappear (I’d Prefer Not To)

By: Frédérick Gravel / Carte Blanche | Tickets for non-accredited persons via
Performance Artistic programme
Sat 18.6. | 19:30 to 20:45 | Großes Haus – Staatstheater Mainz
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Großes Haus

Großes Haus – Staatstheater Mainz
Gutenbergplatz 7
55116 Mainz
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Last-minute change: The technical team of the production But Then, We'll Disappear (I'd Prefer Not To) could unfortunately not make it due to illness - but the dancers are here! And we are thrilled that with true festival spirit they have decided to dance anyway, so that the performance does not have to be cancelled. On Saturday evening in the Großes Haus, there will be a unique event: Carte Blanche will present a 45-minute showcase of the production in a reduced stage setting, followed by a 30-minute talk with three of the ensemble's dancers, the artistic director of Carte Blanche, Annabelle Bonnery, and the dance director of tanzmainz and programme director of the Tanzkongress, Honne Dohrmann, about the production and the way Carte Blanche works.

About But Then We'll Dispappear (I'd Prefer Not To)

A key element of this performance from Carte Blanche is the meeting between people. It questions how we meet others – and shows how difficult it is to find one’s place in a community. Behind the title ‘But Then We’ll Disappear (I’d Prefer Not To)’ lies a hidden desire to emphasise the individual’s role in a world full of contradictions where guilt and celebration are two sides of the same coin, in hopes that there is a plan for everything.

Canadian Frédérick Gravel takes a cinematic and musical approach in his style, and is known for turning the structures of choreography on their head. He sees a choreographic idea as a melody, and his work can be compared to a concert where he composes lines that the dancers perform in their own voices and in their own key. For Gravel, a performance is born in the meeting between people, and the stage becomes an arena for an artistic and social experiment in which characters are developed and erased. A creation which gives high individual responsibility to each dancer.

In co-production with Bergen International Festival 2021

The performance will be followed by an audience discussion.

This performance involves high volume.


Choreography & lighting design: Frédérick Gravel
Music: Philippe Brault
Costumes: Indrani Balgobin
Choreographic assistance: Jamie Wright
Original songs: Frédérick Gravel

Dancers: Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Caroline Eckly, Adrian Bartczak, Dawid Lorenc, Max Makowski, Aslak Aune Nygård, Nadege Kubwayo, Timothy Bartlett, Anne Lise Rønne, Vilja Kwasny, Lin Van Kaam, Daniel Mariblanca