Emanuel Gat together with Awir Leon, producer, musician and performer, created SUNNY as a multi-layered event, juxtaposing a live musical concert with a vibrant choreographic exploration. An explosion of ideas, SUNNY is a flowing free-from merging new sounds with an in-depth questioning about contemporary choreographic possibilities.

Photos of SUNNY by Emanuel Gat, Julia Gat and Dajana Lothert

SUNNY by Emanuel Gat is a blast of pleasures. Gat is one of the rare artists of the moment who puts forward a notion of research. His writing is a continuous flux of new sensations. Together with Awir Leon on stage, SUNNY offers some of the most beautiful sequences of the season. The richness of composition, the intelligenceof changing moods and colors, renders SUNNY a choreographic miracle.

Philippe Noisette
Les Echos


Choreography: Emanuel Gat

Music: Awir Leon

Performers: Annie Hanauer, Anastasia Ivanova (Thomas Bradley), Pansun Kim, Michael Loehr, Genevieve Osborne, Milena Twiehaus, Tom Weinberger (Péter Juhász), Sara Wilhemsson, Ashley Wright, Daniela Zaghini (Emma Mouton)

Produced by Emanuel Gat Dance. Co-produced by Festival Montpellier Danse 2016, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Théatre de la Ville Paris, Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, Scène Nationale d’Albi. In collaboration with La Biennale di Venezia / Biennale Danza 2016. With the support of Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône and Fondation BNP Paribas. The company acknowledges the support of the city of Istres and the French Ministry of Culture, DRAC PACA.

Thanks to Amit Epstein for his Sunny Costume Extravaganza.

Performance History

La Biennale di Venezia / Biennale Danza 2016
Teatro alle tese, Venice, Italy

Montpellier Danse 2016
L‘Agora, Montpellier, France

Tanz im August 2016
Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany

Scène nationale d’Albi, Albi, France

Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France

Théâtre de l’Olivier, Istres, France

Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dance 2017
Gasteig, Munich, Germany

Dublin Dance Festival 2017
Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

Tanzfestival Rhein-Main 2017
Frankfurt LAB, Frankfurt, Germany

Opéra de Rouen – Théâtre des Arts, Rouen, France

La Filature, Mulhouse, France

La Garance, Cavaillon, France

Theater Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

L’Equinoxe, Châteauroux, France

Le Parvis, Tarbes, France

Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, Paris, France

More Music! 2018
Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium

Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

Tanec Praha 2018
Forum Karlín, Prague, Czech Republic

Budapesti Tavaszi Festival 19
Trafó, Budapest, Hungary

times performed between 2016 and 2019


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  • The winners are…

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