Dénouement/Auflösung, choreographed by José Navas,
is preceded by Blue Hour: Stunde der Wölfe, choreographed by Danièle Desnoyers

Critical acclaim from the press

  • “With the piece’s repeated comings and goings between softness and silence, fire and noise, anguish and confusion, José Navas knows how to delight the audience of his new show. Enchantment and fascination are working from the opening sequence of Dénouement[…].”Allgemeine Zeitung, Mainz
  • “José Navas […] offers moments of jubilation. Here, turns, jumps, lifts and multiple dynamic variations unfold with virtuosity.” Die deutsche Bühne, Mainz
  • “The piece opens with a couple standing, holding, lifting, embracing each other in a voluptuous surrendering […]; at the end, the two dancers no longer touch but still exert on each other their influence, only with their gesture. It is as if one breathed into the other a movement and as if the other let himself be carried away by this breath. By combining pas de deux – which frame the piece – and Leonard Cohen’s famous song, Suzanne[…], José Navas shows great refinement.”Frankfurter Rundschau, Mainz
  • “In the duo is enshrined a development that, almost following in the footsteps of the form of classical ballet,suggests a dream or a memory – play that is sometimes satirical, sometimes athletic, and sometimes poetic. The movement is propelled by the gazes of the group of dancers who sit in a row of chairs placed upstage, who follow and replace one another in the relay of successive sequences of movement.” Rhein-Zeitung, Mainz


About the show

The inspiration for Dénouement/Auflösung was Montreal. In this new piece created for the dancers of the German company tanzmainz, José Navas gives us his abstract vision of a city that’s always in movement.

Constructed in three parts, the piece opens with a section that illustrates the tumult and effervescence of morning rushhour in Quebec’s metropolis. Movements of incredible rapidity and precision arise from the rhythm of music composed by Alexander MacSween. This longtime collaborator used the special sounds of the Quebec accent to create a fascinating brouhaha of voices mixed with instruments such as piano and cello. The second part, more sensual and carnal, throws us into the heart of passion of two couples. Strength and poetry rise and resonate to the words of the Montreal poet and singer Leonard Cohen, whose song Suzanne opens and closes the piece. In a third part, which brings together the company’s 19 virtuosic dancers, the movement’s organic fluidity opens into a highly architectural structure. Echoing Montreal’s architecture and the its various and colourful neighbourhoods, the costumes by Sonya Bayer elegantly reveal the dancers’ bodies in a rainbow of festive, springtime colours.

The portrait of a vibrant, effervescent, and passionate city, Dénouement/Auflösung sends a message of humanity and bears the imprint of a tenderness that goes straight to the heart.



  • Choreography and stage design: José Navas
  • Choreographic Assistant: Lars Anderstram
  • Female dancers: Mariya Bushuyeva, Alessandra Corti, Ada Daniele, Gili Goverman, Amy Josh, Bojana Mitrović, Charlotte Petersen, Tijana Prendović, Maasa Sakano, Lena Schattenberg, Giulia Torri
  • Male dancers: Rueben Albelda Giner, Marc Borràs, Zachary Chant, Marin Lemić, Cornelius Mickel, Thomas Van Preat, Mattia De Salve, Lewis Seivwright
  • Music: Alexander MacSween, Leonard Cohen
  • Lighting: Philipp Wiechert
  • Costumes: Sonya Bayer
  • Length: 40 minutes
  • World premiere: May 16, 2015, Staatstheater Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Dénouement/Auflösung is a production of the Staatstheater Mainz.