Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods [US/DE/BE, ID] & Jompet Kuswidananto

Celestial Sorrow

Celestial Sorrow
Celestial Sorrow

24.06 – 27.06.2020

‘For many years, I’ve been thinking about ghosts as unfinished business, and the way in which unresolved conflicts affect both our presence and our movements. Our bodies are constantly shuttling between objects, sounds, lights, voices and unprocessed events from the past. This might awaken a dormant presence, whether we like it or not.’  – Meg Stuart

Celestial Sorrow is Meg Stuart’s first collaboration with the Indonesian visual artist Jompet Kuswidananto. Based in collective memories and fictitious traumas, the duo create a world of light and movement that is inhabited by three performers and two musicians. Together the group embarks on a voyage of artistic discovery across imaginary and invisible spaces, searching for the voices that vivify them. Celestial Sorrow premiered at the Kaaistudios in 2018 and is moving to the main stage of Kaaitheater for this reprise.


choreography Meg Stuart | installation Jompet Kuswidananto | created with and performed by Jule Flierl, Gaëtan Rusquet, Claire Vivianne Sobottke | live music Mieko Suzuki, Ikbal Simamora Lubys | light design Jan Maertens | costume design Jean-Paul Lespagnard | dramaturgy Jeroen Versteele | sound design Richard König | assistant costume design Coline Firket, Isabelle Lhoas | rehearsal coach Joséphine Evrard | technical direction Jitske Vandenbussche | light Britt De Jonghe | stage technician Siemen Van Gaubergen | dresser Patty Eggerickx | tour manager Delphine Vincent | production management Nara Virgens, Delphine Vincent | production Damaged Goods | co-production Kaaitheater, EUROPALIA INDONESIA, Goethe-Institut Indonesien, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, PACT Zollverein, Tanzquartier Wien | Celestial Sorrow was commissioned by the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) with support provided by the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19, initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund | thanks to Franziska Dieterich, Ingrid Müller-Farny, Muhammad Nur Qomaruddin, Isabelle Pauwelyn, Arco Renz, Margaux Schwarz | Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Government of Flanders and the Flemish Community Commission

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