Danse Macabre 2001-2015
De Gérard Collin-Thiébaut, installation 2016
Appearing intermittently on the walls, a dance of death lasting 3 minutes is projected in the given light of the room. The characters in this Danse macabre come from watercolours by the Strasbourgeois painter Albrecht Kauw* (1649), which were themselves small-format copies of a dance of death by Manuel Deutsch (between 1515 and 1519), a monumental fresco nearly 100 metres long painted on wooden panels placed along the inward side of the wall around the Dominican church garden in Bern. Here there are only five musician skeletons, who will meet the cast shadows of visitors and dance with them, for “to this dance we must go.” In 1533 Manuel Deutsch’s dance of death was restored by Jakob Kallenberg and Hans Dachselhofer. The original dance of death thus reaches us doubly deformed, and augmented by the 3D version here. Gérard Collin-Thiébaut first began making audiovisual works in 1981, and began producing them for the stage in 1984. This piece was conceived in 2001 but could not be produced because of technical problems.
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