World Premiere 18 March 2020 – Kampnagel

THE NOSE Dance/Rap/Opera with music by Socalled

Hamburg-based South African choreographer Jessica Nupen reinterprets Nikolai Gogol’s illustrious fable »THE NOSE« in the form of an imaginative full-scale dance rap opera. Set in a modern epoch eroded by political cataclysms, fake news and growing social tensions, a nose departs from its owner’s face and embarks on a journey of self-determination, attaining a higher rank and status. An original score and rap libretto by Canadian musician and rapper Josh “Socalled” Dolgin responds to global themes of greed, hierarchy and emancipation. A spectacular set design together with an international ensemble of dancing singers and singing dancers create a unique reality driven by superstition and revelation.

In co-production with: Kampnagel Centre for the International Arts, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Movement Metropolitan e.V., LKB Gallery
Artistic cooperation: Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Cape Town Opera

Funded by Fonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes/Federal Cultural Foundation of Germany, Behörde für Kultur & Medien Hamburg, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, Cassens Stiftung, Berit and Rainer Baumgarten Stiftungsfonds unter dem Dach der Hamburgischen Kulturstiftung, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Canada High Commission, Dieter & Elisabeth Ammer and privat funders. Also funded by Claussen-Simon-Stiftung.

Other partners: DAL Deutsche Afrika-Linien, KoopLoft, Tonali