The dynamic imagery of their music-theater productions have achieved Nico and the Navigators international acclaim and have brought them to many of Europe’s prestigious opera houses.
The premiere of their latest production The hour we knew too much of each other saw Nico and the Navigators return to their roots. As in earlier works, they magnified matters of daily quirkiness, taking a closer look at people’s rituals and habits, and exposing their intricate inconsistencies.
While Peter Handke’s 1992 original, The hour we know nothing of each other, had around three hundred silent characters move across the stage with exact directorial instruction, Nico and the Navigators use only eight performers, to explore the absurd daily encounters in a heterogeneous society against the backdrop of rapid technological developments and the loss of thought through overstimulation.
The hopeless attempts at communication of the comically tragic heroes of everyday life are playfully looked at by the performers through the use of new musical interpretations of songs from Bonnie “Prince” Billy to Benjamin Britten, with body language and text fragments as they pick up the beat of life, random and strict:
How estranged are we? Do we know too much of each other? What do we really know about one another? How are our stories related?
A production by Nico and the Navigators with Kampnagel Hamburg. Co-produced by Théâtre de Nîmes - scène conventionnée pour la danse contemporaine. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, by the Land of Berlin, the Schering Foundation, the Augstein Foundation and the Radial Foundation. In cooperation with Radialsystem V.
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