Novecento – The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean

Coproduction Theater Waidspeicher, Theater Erfurt and Tanztheater Erfurt e.V.

by Alessandro Baricco | translated into German by Karin Krieger | puppet and dance theatre for 10 year olds and older | Duration: 60 minutes
Director and choreographer: Ester Ambrosino
Stage and costumes: Mila van Daag
Puppets: Kathrin Sellin
Puppeteers: Kathrin Blüchert, Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz
Dancers: Maria Focaraccio, Tabea Wittulsky, Kenji Shinohe
Live-Musicians: Roberto Secilla, Dominik Lauterbach
Premiere: 28 April, 2022, at 8 p.m., at Theater Erfurt, Studio.BOX

Poetic interaction of puppet theatre, dance and jazz

At the beginning of 1900, a foundling is discovered on an ocean liner. A machinist takes care of the baby boy and gives him the name Nineteen Hundred – Novecento. The boy develops into a virtuoso piano player – the best pianist the ocean has ever known.
Trumpeter Tim Tooney tells the unique story of his friend Novecento in retrospect. He recalls their shared experiences on the ocean liner, a floating city that shuttles back and forth between the shores of Europe and America, hosting the world. The Legend of the Ocean Pianist Novecento is the story of a special friendship; a ship's voyage in the late 1920s, the Golden Age of Jazz.

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