Black Diamond/Kridt - Contemporary dance in Remscheid

Black Diamond/Kridt - Contemporary dance in Remscheid

Moderne dans, ballet, Black Diamond, Kridt, Dansk Danseteater, kunst
Foto: Bjarke Ørsted  

Black Diamond & KRIDT by Tim Rushton 



Futuristic and visual worlds

With Black Diamond, Tim Rushton returns to a more conceptual and futuristic universe, where focus has been set on graphic asthetics, scenes and geometrical forms. Black Diamond is a new creation by Tim Rushton, made for Danish Dance Theatre’s 12 international dancers.

To the sounds of the composers Alexander Balanescu and Philip Glass, as well as the beat king Trentemøller, small pockets of sound are created - from fragmented and noisy to tempo-filled electronic beats to lyrical and romantic tracks.


The audience is met by a black stage exploding with silver confetti. The stage is set. The first act of Black Diamond consists of a massive diamond shaped background – black and uneven, like a sparkling diamond. Destruction rules here ,and the scenography gives thought to a harsh landscape of aggressive volcanoes, black ash and rock walls. Dressed in futuristic black coats and geometrical garb, Rushton creates a futuristic tale where both the shadowy and the light side of man are explored psychologically, scenographically and thematically.


In the second act, the background changes from inky black to shining silver as the structure remains unchanged. In an organic and flowing idiom, hope is making its way out of the darkness. 



While hearing the sound of someone scratching writings on a wall, a man lies on the floor preparing himself to meet his fate. Eyes meet. The body’s memory takes over the story. Tim Rushton had two sources of inspiration creating Kridt. Firstly, a text from the Bible as the thematic pivotal point: ‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’ (Ecclesiastes, 3,1.) Secondly, Musica Adventus, the suite for strings by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. The music takes its starting point in the epistle on the Christmas message – Peace on Earth.


Concept & Choreography: Tim Rushton 
Mucic: Trentemøller, Balanescu Quartet, Philip Glass. 
Dancers: Danish Dance Theatres dancers
Lighting Design: Jacob Bjerregaard
Stage Design: Johan Kølkjær
Costume Design: Charlotte Østergaard


COSTUME DESIGN Charlotte Østergaard
SET DESIGN Tim Rushton
LIGHTING DESIGN Tim Rushton & Anders Poll
MUSIC Musica Adventus (1996) by Peteris Vasks
DANCERS 10 -13
DURATION 28 minutes
PREMIERE January 2005 at the Opera House /The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen

Time & Place: 

Germany, Teo-Otto-Theater Remscheid
October 6th 2017