| Eine Winterreise

Ballet for 3 dancers
Created the 7th of February 2014 at the Brotfabrik Bühne Bonn
Dancers | Ann-Kathrin Adam, Rashaen Arts, Friedrich Pohl
Set Designer | Felix Aarts
Light Designer | Markus Becker

Eine Winterreise – A Winter Journey –  is an introspective piece dealing with solitude and romance in today's society. Based on a work by Franz Schubert and Wilhelm Muller the ballet depicts a journey to the inner self and reflects upon isolation.
Winterreise was originally composed by Franz Schubert in 1828 from poems written by Wilhelm Muller in 1823. It is one of the leading works from the Romantic Period. Many versions have been recorded and performed, most notably that of the very famous duo Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore.
I was inspired to create this ballet when I found an alternative recording of Winterreise performed on saxophone and piano by Yuri Honing and Nora Milder. At first I was intrigued then it became a revelation.The music took on a totally new dimension. It had sensuality mixed with devastating nostalgia. The jazz tones and accents blend into a romantic tapestry reminiscent of the early 19th century. It is surprising and audacious. A pure delight.
Although Romanticism relates to the early 19th century the theme is universal and contemporary. Jazz uniquely defines nostalgia, heartbreak and loneliness....in short....The blues. For me this musical style feels the closest to romanticism
By combining jazz and Schubert's original score I wish to choreograph my own vision of Winterreise and, using a resolutely modern approach, show how these feelings lead to a longing for death.

 

Photos © Meike Lindek

Eine Winterreise – A Winter Journey –  is an introspective piece dealing with solitude and romance in today's society. Based on a work by Franz Schubert and Wilhelm Muller the ballet depicts a journey to the inner self and reflects upon isolation. Choreographer: Martin Chaix Dancers: Ann-Kathrin Adam, Rashaen Arts, Friedrich Pohl Set Designer: Felix Aarts Light Designer: Markus Becker Camera: Lisa Müller Created the 7th of February 2014 at the Brotfabrik Bühne in Bonn.

This one hour long ballet does not only illustrates the music one lied after the other, but describes the story of an emotional distress. For this sold out Premiere, the choreographer and his dancers were overwhelmed by applause. In particular, Ann- Kathrin Adam who takes us with her dance to the depths of the soul.
— Elisabeth Einecke-Klövekorn, Der General-Anzeiger Bonn
It is ultimately a disturbing miniature tragedy which Martin Chaix draws with strong pictures on the stage.
The Fabrik Heeder shows “Eine Winterreise” as part of the Krefeld series TANZT contemporary: FIRST STEPS. But Martin Chaix is no longer a newbie. Although he should quickly eradicate little pantomime inserts, which he claims to his dancer, such moments are only a beauty defect in a choreography that has a character and an aesthetically strong vision. We will hear again from him.
— Thomas Linden, tanzweb.org
Is it only advisable to focus on the people on the stage who are just dancing? Or perhaps is it the actors which are not at the forefront who are more exciting? In his piece “Eine Winterreise” the choreographer Martin Chaix focuses on the moments which are not danced, creating an unusual perspective ...
...The choreographer [...] creates identification points that ultimately remained with his guests long after the piece...
— Esther Mai, RP Online