The End of the Alphabet

I can’t go back to where I used to be.
A wondrous place.

Every turn a surprise.

Quote from Walt Disney, “Aladdin”

With “The End of the Alphabet” Lea Moro stages the dance-solo as a fragile and yet pompous form. The musical on rollerskates evokes a wide range of movements, that imply virtuosity and dynamism. The performer embarks on an extravagant path alone, at times simply sliding effortlessly through the space, sometimes stalking ponderously around, all the while facing this permanent challenge with enthusiasm.
This precaroius skating endeavour is set to the score of Antonio Vivaldi’s baroque violin concerto “The Four Seasons” (1725). Again, as in her previous pieces “Le Sacre du Printemps, a ballet for a single body” and “(b)reaching stillness”, she uses classical music.
The performance’s texts are drawn from existing musicals such as “Aladdin” or “Mamma Mia” and different other sources ranging from french chansons to self-help literature. Set to Vivaldi’s score, these sources turn into catchy musical hits. The songs provide the structure for the evening’s dramaturgy, without defining an overarching narrative for the evening. Without naming it concretely, the songs grapple with moments in which familar states come to an end. Always keeping her balance with aplomb Lea Moro takes the audience from one atmopshere to the next. “The End of the Alphabet” creates a dark and humourous place for ambivalent associations, confusing impressions and melodramatic scenarios.

Team Credits

Concept, choreography, dance: Lea Moro
Dramaturgy: Linda Sepp, Maja Zimmermann
Musical-songs: Jana Sotzko

Light-design: Annegret Schalke
Set, costume:Cristina Nyffeler

Collaboration set-design „Traumballett“: Michiel Keuper
Executive producer: Marie Schmieder

Graphic design: Vincenzo Fagnani

Dramaturgical advice: Igor Dobricic

Funding credits
“The End of the Alphabet” is produced by Lea Moro in co-production with K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg, Tanzhaus Zürich und SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin. Subsidies by means of Hauptstadtkulturfonds, City of Zurich Kultur, Kanton Zurich – Fachstelle Kultur, Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and Hamburgische Kulturstiftung. Supported by Ernst Göhner Foundation. With thanks to Georges & Jenny Bloch Foundation, Wiesen55 e.V., Aula / Milchhof Berlin e.V., Tanzfabrik Berlin.