everyone + John Moran Filmtag

John Moran (US/DE)

films from 16:00 free of charge | Co-production with Schauspiel Leipzig and HELLERAU

Musik Performance

The works of US composer and choreographer John Moran are extremely precise sequences of gestures and movements that performers* perform in complete synchronicity with previously recorded voices and sounds. For the viewer, this creates a kind of “hyper-realism”. In “everyone”, Moran and dancers Jule Oeft , Kristin Mente and Yamile Navarro explore the universal gestures and rhythms of life from birth to death. A soundtrack of human voices and sounds from all over the world is accompanied by individual “choreographic musical portraits”. Their arrangement on stage follows the musical form of a fugue and poses universal questions about the essence of human existence.

John Moran began his career in New York in the late 80s. Philip Glass is considered his mentor. In his operas J. Moran worked together with Uma Thurman, Iggy Pop and Allen Ginsberg. Since 2008 Moran has been producing mainly in Europe. In 2017 he worked on a new version of his opera “The Manson Family” in HELLERAU.


John Moran…and his neighbor, Saori
51:24 min
Recorded: 2009 T-Werk (Potsdam) / 2010 Philip Glass Days & Nights Festival (California)
Besetzung: John Moran, Saori Tsukada | Music, Choreography, Direction: John Moran | Camera: Oscar Loeser, Wolfgang Hoffmann | Produced by Aurora Nova (DE) / Philip Glass (US)

The Manson Family (Opera)
45:37 min
Recorded: Schaubühne Lindenfels (Leipzig)
Besetzung: John Moran, Jule Oeft, Inez Schaefer, Tobias Herzz-Halbauer, Constanze Friedel | Music, Choreography, Direction: John Moran | Lightning: Josia Werth | Sound Recording: Nikolaus Woernle | Camera: Barbara Lubich, Michael Sommermeyer | Produced by HELLERAU (Dresden) / Schaubühne Lindenfels (Leipzig)
Etudes: Amsterdam (Etude #4)
09:24 min
Recorded: Lodz Film School (Poland)
Besetzung: John Moran | Music, Choreography, Direction: John Moran | Produced by Lodz Film School (Poland)
Afternoon – from Book of the Dead
01:34 min
Besetzung: Uma Thurman | Music: John Moran | Produced by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts / The Public Theater (US)