Theater Heidelberg presents: Hieronymus B.
A Dance Production of Dance Company Nanine Linning / Theater Heidelberg
The name of Hieronymus Bosch has become a trademark for paintings that take the onlooker far beyond the borders of reality. For more than 500 years now, the world is fascinated by his colorful masterpieces crawling with fantastic creatures and peculiar hybrids between man and animal. Like no other, Bosch knew how to reconcile the profane with the religious, nature with early technology, the unthinkable with the still possible. His works breathe an inner truth that is much more human than mankind wishes it to be.
At the occasion of the 500th year of the painter’s death in 2016, choreographer Nanine Linning drew inspiration from his masterpieces and dedicated an evening-length dance production to celebrate his life and work: HIERONYMUS B. Linning, well-known for her multidisciplinary works, fusing dance with visual arts, design and installation, and her extremely physical movement language, translates Bosch's work into a multidisciplinary dance production about the Seven Deadly Sins. Reflecting the structure of a triptych altar painting, Hieronymus B. is comprised of two short sections and a longer one. Each one invites the audience to experience a different aspect of Bosch’s worldview, visually interpreted under changing perceptual conditions.
To re-envision Bosch’s world for the stage, Linning collaborated with design-duo Les Deux Garcons who created stage elements and costumes in the spirit of Bosch’s masterpieces. Renaissance music and a new composition by composter Michiel Jansen complement this tribute to Bosch’s genius with a befitting musical score.
The press about Nanine Linning’s Hieronymus B:
“A triumph” Die Deutsche Bühne
“Sinfullybeautiful” Hartmut Regitz, tanz magazine
“Impressive and visually powerful” Mannheimer Morgen
“An extraordinary theatre experience” and “a powerful, nightly phantasmagoria” Esslinger Zeitung
“It is so clever and engaging - essentially it is bringing Bosch's paintings to life.” Timeless Travels
“Outsize frames and panels surround a dark stage. Out of them emerge the chimeras that Bosch painted in all their eerie, sinister glory. They move among the spectators as if in some chemically assisted dream. A woman slinkily emerges from a giant ear. A hybrid boat-man drifts among the crowd. A demon climbs down to accost the sinners. And what is this supersized bird that looms in front of me, brandishing a huge key? Inevitably, an owl. Five centuries after he left the house on the market square, Jeroen aka Hieronymus can still unlock the door to ecstasy – and terror.” The Independent