Sainte Réalité

Premiere, FFT Düsseldorf

2 / 3 / 4 jun 2023

“This ‘Holy Reality’ is not a virtual one, not a theoretical one, neither a new nor an old reality, and you cannot understand it without experiencing it.” (Ben J. Riepe)


Between pandemic and populism, between war and climate crisis, we experience a watershed moment: The community splinters, certainties dwindle away. Düsseldorf-based choreographer Ben J. Riepe tries out a new community in “Sainte Réalité”, inspired by the choir in ancient Greek theatre as well as by immersive rituals speaking to all senses. The audience is invited to an ecstatic live experience comprised of singing, dancing, light, and sound. “Sainte Réalité” therein forms the conclusion of the eponymous series that also included both a Summer School in cooperation with regional universities as well as a film. All three parts scrutinise the role of humans in the Anthropocene, the man-made age: Sainte Réalité is a choreography and a musical, a spatial installation, and a reverie. Employing the means provided by the arts, the performance develops healing visions for the future as an open invitation.

Choreography/Concept: Ben J. Riepe
Performance: Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Jolinus Pape, Paula Pau, Lujain Mustafa, Alejandro Russo, Igor Sousa, Tyshea Suggs, Leonie Türke
Choreographic Assistance: Darwin Díaz
Costume: Gwen Wieczorek
Sculpture: Moran Sanderovich
Stage and Lighting Design: Ben J. Riepe, Philipp Zander
Dramaturgy: Janine Blöß
Voice Coaching/Music Coordination: Carolina Rüegg, Rolf A. Scheider
Elektronic Sounds: Andras_2020, Tom Förderer
Project Management: Jessica Prestipino
Technical Direction: Philipp Zander
Coordination: Izaskun Abrego
Management/Communication: Nassrah-Alexia Denif
Social Media: Jolande Hörrmann
Visual Communication: dasbuero. Puder und Müller
Outside Eye: Julia Hübner

»Sainte Réalité« ist funded by: Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR, Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf.