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‘FOREVER’ from Switzerland at Cyprus Contemporary Dance Festival 2023

What if we all lived forever? The dream of a life after death has always inspired humans. Numerous fairy tales and legends deal with death, resurrection or eternal life. Greek mythology created immortal gods, animals, monsters and giants with supernatural powers. What do children think about life and death, about dying and immortality? To what extent may and can children be confronted with this topic? There are many ways to make yourself immortal: starting a family, creating artistic works, leaving a political legacy. Limited by our own death, we try in various ways to create a continuity that remains once our own life ends. Children have a gift of dealing with topics in a playful manner.

Through interviews, games and workshops, the ideas and fantasies of children between the ages of 8 and 12 about life and death, about dying and immortality were awakened. The resulting material was then translated by five professional dancers.

Forever creates a world of immortality in which creatures are brought to life by children’s fantasies. A visual, joyful, sensitive and moving journey through a visual language about what would be if we all lived forever. Forever is part of a trilogy of productions by Tabea Martin on the topic of transience. This Is My Last Dance (premiere February 2018) deals with the transience of one’s own body, with the experience of the final state. Forever playfully looks at our ideas of a life after death, the desire for an in finite life. In 2020, the project Nothing Left will follow, in which the death of others is to be illuminated and investigated.

Tabea Martin is a choreographer and performer, based in Basel, Switzerland. After studying Modern Theatre Dance at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, and Choreography at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie in Holland, she began developing her work as a choreographer in which sociological questions occupy a central role. Tabea focuses more on the creative process than the actual end result: losing one’s way, confronting the unknown, leaping hurdles, dealing with the emotions that arise, or discovering the unexpected. Tabea has won several prizes with her work, and was nominated by the Dutch Dance Days for promising young choreographers. Duet for two dancers was selected by Aerowaves in 2013 and was awarded by (Re)connaissance in France. It has since toured extensively in Europe. She has also participated in the project ACT your AGE, a European collaboration between Holland, Cyprus and Italy. She has created new works at Stadttheater Bern, Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin and Schauspielhaus Zürich, and regularly collaborates with Sebastian Nübling and Sibylle Berg. She has her own company and tours numerous different works across Europe. She is supported with a KFV between Canton Baselland/ Baselsstadt and Pro Helvetia.

Choreography: Tabea Martin

Choreographic assistance: Laetitia Kohler

Dancers: Tamara Gvozdenovic Emeric Rabot Benjamin Lindh Daniel Staaf Miguel do Vale

Stage design: Veronika Mutalova

Costumes: Mirjam Egli

Lighting design: Simon Lichtenberger

Musical accompaniment: Donath Weyeneth

Dramaturgy: Irina Müller Moos van den Broek

Dramaturgy assistance: Nadja Rothenburger

Outside eye: Sébastian Nübling

Mediation: Dominique Cardito

Video documentation: Heta Multanen

Photo documentation: Nelly Rodriguez Heta Multanen

Production management: Franziska Ruoss

Organized by Deputy Ministry of Culture (Department of Modern and Contemporary Culture) and Rialto Theatre

In collaboration with Dance House Lemesos

Media Sponsors Phileleftheros Newspaper, Active Radio, CYBC

Technical partner Event Pro

Hospitality Sponsor Alinea

Supported By Nicosia Municipal Theatre, Lemesos Newspaper, Limassol Today, Lmesos blog, Limassol Tourism Board, Russian Wave, Vestnik Kipra, Social et. Al.

Rialto Theatre Limassol

Thursday 29/06 at 20:30 (60’) (8+)

Price: €8 (€30 for all performances) E-ticket:

Box Office: 77 77 77 45 (Monday – Friday 10:00 -15:00)

Free entrance to students, soldiers, pensioners and dance professionals Free transportation from Nicosia

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