A step together into dark blue


NERO is a dance per­for­mance about dark­ness. When look­ing at the night sky, with no lights except for the stars, imag­i­na­tion takes form. Darkness doesn’t only mean fear! In the dark­ness you can tran­scend your sur­round­ings, the lim­its of your body, and let your imag­i­na­tion unfold. While enter­ing a black box the young audi­ence is lead by the per­form­ers to sit on the floor very close to each oth­er. The light of a street lamp goes away and dark­ness envelopes every­thing. The body of the per­form­ers and the pub­lic are real­ly close and the walls trans­form into a huge black can­vas. Light reflec­tions dance across the room and sud­den­ly the atmos­phere that could be scary becomes a space for imag­i­na­tion and play. NERO is a trav­el for the spec­ta­tor, a new world to dive into and to let your imag­i­na­tion run free.

We want to stim­u­late imag­i­na­tion as well as trust and par­tic­i­pa­tion until we can join hands and take a step toward the unknown.

It’s a most fas­ci­nat­ing nether­world that NERO invites chil­dren to dive into. An emo­tion­al space con­struct­ed by the actors and the children’s imagination. 

Christine Matschke,

From and with: Alfredo Zinola & Maxwell McCarthy

Music: Marin Zivkovic

Light: Marek Lamprecht

Dramaturgy: Parwanhe Frei

Photo / Video: Sacha Jennis / Telémachos Alexiou

A pro­duc­tion by Alfredo Zinola with: STORMOPKOMST Festival Turnhout (BE), Quartier am Hafen Köln, Z.A.I.K. curat­ed by the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with: SCHAUBUDE Berlin Theater, Fondazione T.r.g. Onlus Turin (IT) and Think Big! Festival München. NERO was pos­si­ble thanks to the sup­port of Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., Kunststiftung NRW and RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur.

Practical Info:

  • 2 per­sons on tour
  • 2 hour build up
  • No light requirements
  • Age of audi­ence: 2 to 5 years old as well as adults