Performance for two Percussions

Performance at Theater Basel (two excerpts), 1996

Two Percussions, represented by two persons and the corresponding furniture, create rhythms and images in a choreographic sequence. The figures trample and step, bang their heads on the tables, drum with their finger cubes, stand up and sit down.

To produce the sounds they use the floor, tables, stools and each other as resonating bodies. The movements and gestures of the figures determine the rhythm. The spectrum of their movements extends to doing nothing – which, musically speaking, creates a pause and, on the picture plane, a freeze frame.

Total duration approx. 25′
played by Eva Widmann and Sibylle Hauert
Percussion & Choreography: Esther Hiepler
Supported by the Theatre and Dance Committee BS/BL, Alfred Richterich Foundation, GGG


First performance: Kaskadenkondensator Raum für neue Musik, Basel
Cultural cycle “Zugewandte Orte”, Trogen
Centre Pasquart, Biel
Festival “New Music Rümlingen”, Rümlingen BL
Theater am Brennpunkt, Baden
Opening party Theater Basel

Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Geneva
Toit du Monde “100 Femmes”, Vevey
Bauhaus, Dessau / D (Bauhaus stage, Zschornewitz power station)
Kleintheater, Lucerne

Anniversary celebration Kunstmuseum Solothurn

Shoeboxes, wood, sneakers, lacquer, 1996