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Bone Smoke

by Melanie Lane

World premiere
World premiere
Zwinger 1
[recommended for ages 16 and up]

In April 1815, the volcano Mount Tambora, located on an Indonesian archipelago, broke out. Eruptions were so violent that the upper third of the enormous mountain vanished overnight. Volcanic ashes darkened large parts of the sun for over a year, and there was a rumour going round that the sun was dying. In her new creation for the Dance Theatre Heidelberg (DTH), Javanese-Anglo-Australian choreographer Melanie Lane reflects on fears and fantasies surrounding the extinction of the human race. 

»Bone Smoke« is a poetic thriller. Ten dancers try to propose a conciliatory instead of an inevitable end, discovering the beauty of decay and dreaming beyond the body's borders. Accompanied by a new composition of the Spanish cellist Yamila Rios, the play creates a world where utopias and dystopias meet.

Melanie Lane
Yamila Rios
Lighting Design
Jonah Fellhauer
Stage and Costumes
Rehearsal Manager
Artistic Production Management
Fabian Appelshäuser Adrián Castelló
Dance Education
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