23 Sept 2023 | 4-6 pm
The Children’s Museum Jordan
Folkwang Tanzstudio (Germany)
Indoor & Outdoor
“Wonderful Life” was premiered in May 2022 at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. The starting point for Rodolpho Leoni was the music from the album Voodoo-Cello by the Franco-Comorian soul singer Imany. The music served as a common thread; with the dancers, the choreographer explored the relationship between words, music and movement. The intention was to explore the emotionality of movement and the question of how the emotional content of movement is intensified by music and sung words. This full- length dance piece is 65 minutes long and consists of 14 parts, 5 of which are duets.
At the beginning of February 2023, the dancers of the Folkwang Tanzstudio (FTS) performed the 5 duets from “Wonderful Life”; at the Museum Folkwang.
As a surprising little intermezzo for the audience during a visit to the museum, the duets took place at different places in the museum premises.
This format translates well to the MMAG foundation in Amman, where the duets can be performed in its multiple historical buildings, garden, staircase, multi-layered terraces and rooftops. There are endless possibilities for the duets to be performed in conjunction with the MMAG foundation spaces.
Choreography: Rodolpho Leoni
Dance: Mateusz Bogdanowicz, Jennifer Boultbee, Tullia Francischiello, Gabriel Gaudray
Donnio, Harrison Rodrigues Gomes Dos Santos, Yun-Ru Lee, Tzu-Chun Liou, Julius Olbertz,
Lucas Lopes Pereira, Djamila Polo
Photo: Ursula Kaufmann
This exchange is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Special gratitude to Bebê de Soares and AMAZONAS NETWORK for curatorial support!
Special thanks to:
Stories of the makers:
Meet the 10 young professional dancers from all over the world belong to a dance company which specifically fulfils the important function of supporting young dancers on their way into the professional field of dance!
Led by their director, Brazilian choreographer Rodolpho Leoni, Professor of Modern Dance at the Folkwang Academy, these 10 young people will surprise us with 5 hours performance indoor and outdoor in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Amman on on Saturday 16 Sept, 2023.
Furthermore, they would love to see you at a Dance Jam on Monday 18 Sept, 2023.
Folkwang Tanzstudio (FTS) can look back on more than 90 years of successful history. It was founded in 1928 by Kurt Jooss; Choreographers such as Pina Bausch, Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann, Urs Dietrich, Mark Sieczkarek and Henrietta Horn have had a decisive influence on FTS in later years. Since October 2012, Rodolpho Leoni is the company’s sole artistic director.
FTS is an internationally active company of graduates with currently 10 professional dancers from all over the world and it belongs to the Institute for Contemporary Dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts. Guest performances and co-productions with renowned dance / theatre institutions as well as festivals are inherent parts of the artistic work of FTS. In addition to the creations with international choreographers from a diversity of backgrounds, the second focus of FTS is on the cooperation with the Master Degree Program Dance Composition/ Choreography.
FTS is characterised by its willingness to experiment, artistic diversity and openness. It continues to carry the idea of its founder Kurt Jooss, i.e. to look for the human being in dance, onto the stage and into the world.
Rodolpho Leoni was born in Campo Grande (Brazil) in 1963 where he started to study dance in 1978; in 1981, together with eleven other dancers, he founded the first modern dance company in this region.
He went to São Paulo in 1983 to study the Graham technique and spent the next two years dancing at the Teatro Brasileiro de Danca. A grant brought Leoni to the “Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance” in New York in 1985. Rodolpho Leoni has lived and worked in Germany since 1988. He has been creating his own choreographies since 1992 and founded the company “Rodolpho Leoni dance” in 1996 with the production “Foggy”.
His choreography “Speak” was awarded the Deutsche Produzentenpreis für Choreographie (German Producer Award for Choreography, DPC) 2005/2006. He created numerous choreographies for various dance companies including the Ballet Nürnberg, the Tanzkompanie St. Gallen (Switzerland), the Tanztheater Bremen and in 2006 the Folkwang Tanzstudio.
In December 2006 Rodolpho Leoni was appointed professor of modern dance/dance choreography at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. Since October 2008 he is artistic director of the Folkwang Dance Studio, along with Pina Bausch until her death in June 2009