Wings of Desire
Ballet in two acts
based on the film by Wim Wenders
Wings of Desire [Der Himmel über Berlin, 1987]
Piece for the whole company
Performed to recorded music
With the support of Fidelio
Wim Wenders is represented by VERLAG DER AUTOREN
In collaboration with Retouramont
Choreography Bruno Bouché Dramaturg Bruno Bouché, Jamie Man, Christian Longchamp Music Antony and the Johnsons, John Adams, Jean-Sébastien Bach, Jamie Man, Olivier Messiaen, Einstürzende Neubauten, Steve Reich, Jean Sibelius Stage Design Aurélie Maestre Set assistant Clara Cohen Costumes Thibaut Welchlin Lighting David Debrinay Video Etienne Guiol Hanging scenery assistant Fabrice Guillot CCN • Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin
Angels—silent and invisible sentinels in the grey sky—watch over the inhabitants of Berlin living in the shadow of a wall that still divides the world. There, omniscient and benevolent since the dawn of time, they listen to people's worries and existential anxieties.
No thought escapes them. Only children and a few exceptional beings—fallen angels who have renounced eternity to accept the human condition—can feel their ethereal presence. One angel, Damiel, is tempted to make the leap to mortality as he becomes drawn to the aspirations and grace of a young trapeze artist forced to leave her traveling circus. Out of love for her, he chooses to sever his wings and fall to earth, to experience sensory pleasures and what it means to be human. For his first full-length work, choreographer Bruno Bouché takes up the narrative and iconic motifs of Wim Wenders' cult film in act one before exploring the mystery of incarnation in the second act, imagining what comes after the “to be continued” that concludes the original film. This dramatic work brings together the full OnR Ballet company who tread the fine line between poetic evocation and exaltation of the body in a state of weightlessness.