Eszter Salamon: MONUMENT 0


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    (c) Ursula Kaufmann
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    (c) Ursula Kaufmann
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  • © Alain Roux
    Eszter Salamon
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MONUMENT 0: Haunted by Wars (1913–2013) is the first part of a series that engages with the relationship between choreography and history. From today’s perspective, Salamon looks back over 100 years of dance, art, and world history that she interprets as a global history of war. With the help of tribal and folk dance as well as contemporary popular dance forms from all five continents, she makes an attempt to develop an alternative narrative to official historiography.

Together with her six performers, she studied dozens of dances of various backgrounds that only have one thing in common. They were all practiced in regions and cultures that are shaped by invasion or conflicts. Chronologically sorted, from the First World War until the most recent past, Salamon’s dance of death moves through 100 years of war history, presenting a dark and yet surreal scenario, a gaze on a mass grave from which figures, physical states, and rituals rise that counter the horror with their spiritual vitality. The spectators can only suspect where they come from, and yet they are challenged to pursue a trail of speculations and fictional world contexts. 

The works of Hungarian choreographer and performer Eszter Salamon have been shown at many festivals and important institutions around the world,. At the start of this year, she was featured at New York’s MoMA. In the program of PACT Zollverein, Salamon is also a regular guest; her new group piece can be experienced at this year’s Ruhrtriennale at the Waschkaue.

Artistic Direction, Dramaturgy, Choreography —
Light —
Sylvie Garot
Costumes —
Vava Dudu
Stage —
Vava Dudu
With —
Boglárka Börcsök
With —
Ligia Manuela Lewis, João Martins, Yvon Nana-Kouala, Luis Rodriguez, Jakob Yaw


— 25. September 2014
Further dates
— 26. 27. September
— 20 / 30 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €
  • Thu25Sep
    Eszter Salamon: MONUMENT 0 on 25. September 2014 at 8.00 PM
  • Fri26Sep
    Eszter Salamon: MONUMENT 0 on 26. September 2014 at 8.00 PM
  • Sat27Sep
    Eszter Salamon: MONUMENT 0 on 27. September 2014 at 7.00 PM


Mathilde Monnier / Eszter Salamon
21. September 2014
Museum Folkwang, Essen
A production by Ruhrtriennale / PACT Zollverein – Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen) in coproduction with Les Spectacles Vivants-Centre Pompidou (Paris), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Internationales Sommerfest Kampnagel (Hamburg), Tanzquartier (Vienna). With friendly support as part of the Residenz programme by Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon and the Centre Chorégraphie National Ballet de Lorraine – Accueil Studio 2013 / 2014. With friendly support by the regional directory of cultural affairs of Paris – Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Hosted by PACT Zollverein for Ruhrtriennale.