STORY WATER is an intermediary. It is warm water, it is bread. It is a garden. It is the story of dancing bodies, of music being played, of colour and line, and of the light that hides and shows it all. It is an intermediary put to work in the service of communities, through reflecting the issues and concerns of the places where they land. It stands witness to meaning beyond the known, and is therefore a transcendent commerce, a currency, an economy of experiences. It is a place of fluid metaphors waiting for new contexts to emerge, so as to reveal new meanings. STORY WATER is a long deep look into the space in which music and choreography meet, serving as intermediaries and creating a space for people to step into, a freshly watered garden.

No one can walk into fire without an intermediary – Except for the salamander that hides in it – You need the water from the bath to enjoy the goodness of fire.

Mawlana Jalal-ud-Din Balkhi (Rumi)


Choreography: Emanuel Gat

Music: Pierre Boulez, Rebecca Saunders, Emanuel Gat

Costume Design: Thomas Bradley

Performers: Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Péter Juhász, Zoé Lecorgne, Michael Loehr, Emma Mouton, Eddie Oroyan, Karolina Szymura, Milena Twiehaus, Sara Wilhelmsson, TingAn Ying

Produced by Emanuel Gat Dance. Co-produced by Chaillot – Théâtre national de la danse, Festival d’Avignon, Künstlerhaus Mousontourm and Beethovenfest Bonn. With the support of Fondation BNP Paribas.

Upcoming shows

19th – 23rd July 2018
Festival d’Avignon 2018
Cour d’honneur du Palais des Papes, Avignon, France

9th September 2018
Beethovenfest 2018
Bonn, Germany

07th – 08th November 2018
Frankfurt LAB, Frankfurt, Germany

14th – 15th December 2018
deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium

10th – 13th January 2018
Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, France



  • In good company

    Emmanuelle Bouchez from French cultural magazine Télérama visited us during our residency at La FabricA last May in Avignon. She spent some days with us in order to observe the creation process of STORY WATER, talk to Emanuel about his career and his working methods, and interview some of the dancers (including myself) about their...
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  • A place of fluid metaphors

    “STORY WATER is a place of fluid metaphors waiting for new contexts to emerge, so as to reveal new meanings.” The air inside Frankfurt LAB is muggy and the creation process for STORY WATER is in full swing. With the World Premiere coming closer, Emanuel is simultaneously working with the dancers on the choreographic structure...
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  • Dance and Music

    Emanuel sat down with Agnès Izrine to talk about the relationship between dance and music in his work, and his collaborations with electronic musician Awir Leon in SUNNY and the Ensemble Modern in his upcoming creation STORY WATER. Read the full interview below:
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  • A show about itself

    A huge thanks to everyone who voted for STORY WATER in the Fedora competition! Our project has been selected as one of four jury nominees for the Fedora Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet 2018. Fedora is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and supports innovative opera and ballet projects...
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    A tribute to creativity and innovation

    STORY WATER, a collaboration between Emanuel Gat Dance and Frankfurt’s renown Ensemble Modern, has just been shortlisted for the Fedora Van Cleef & Arpels Prize for Ballet 2018. Obviously this is very exciting news and I’d be thrilled if you help to support our production with your vote on! Fedora is a platform that...
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