Absolute Helligkeit

performance-installation / 40’

3.10.2014 / 19:00 / WASP

Concept, Stage, Sound and Performance: Naoko Tanaka
Dramaturgical Collaboration: Adam Czirak
Photography: Naoko Tanaka, Henryk Weifenbach
Production: Naoko Tanaka, Christine Peterges
Coproduction: SOPHIENSÆLE – supported by Senatskanzlei Berlin, PACT Zollverein Essen
Supported by: Kunststiftung NRW
Technical Director on Tour: Milos Vujkovic
Thanks to: Walter Freitag, Jo Grys, Murata & Friends, Alise Michon
The presentation of “Absolute Helligkeit” in Bucharest is supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.


In a room that lost its stability, a single point of light is the real protagonist. This autonomous eye floats like a satellite in the universe, stimulating the senses of the observer in order to uncover unknown spheres of our thoughts.

In astronomy, the concept of absolute magnitude (Absolute Helligkeit in German, literally absolute brightness) is a measure which allows us to compare the brightness of individual stars. The brightness is calculated at a distance of 32.6 light years and allows us to comprehend that which goes beyond the limits of our physical perception. This installation and performance delves into the connotations that this mathematical measure evokes, in order to relate the subjective and the objective, the sensory and the tangible.

Naoko Tanaka, Prix Jardin d’Europe award winner in 2012, has been creating, since 1999, performance pieces and installations in which choreography and visual art are intimately related . Having created a specific and artistic language, she is the founder of the Ludica artist collective, together with choreographer Morgan Nardi.