IMPETUS created by GN|MC with tanzmainz, Staatstheater Mainz in Germany and in collaboration with Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz was premiered on 24th February 2018 at the Großes Haus in Staatstheater Mainz. This is the second collaboration with tanzmainz after being awarded Der Faust prize for their previous piece FALL SEVEN TIMES in 2017.

“Guy Nader and Maria Campos (…), together with the tanzmainz ensemble, have created images and figures that are hard to beat in terms of beauty, expressiveness and virtuosity.”

Allgemeine Zeitung, Natacha Olbrich


In IMPETUS, GN|MC transforms the magic of eternal return into a dynamic journey of dance. Starting from the idea that, in infinite time and a limited number of events, revealing the mystery of our existence through repetition, a captivating pattern of sometimes spectacular formations are weaved. Accompanied by Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz under the direction of the music director Hermann Baum, the 20 tanzmainz dancers perform a captivating journey of dynamic constellations and images on a wide range of symphonies from contemporary to classical such as John Adams and Vivaldi, amongst others.

IMPETUS explores the notion of the “eternal return” inspired by the myth of Sisyphus in which the repetitive nature of existence comes to represent life’s absurdity. Though the task of rolling the stone repeatedly up the hill without end is inherently meaningless, the challenge faced by Sisyphus is to refrain from despair as in Albert Camus’s view.


Title: IMPETUS | Concept/Choreography: GN|MC Guy Nader | Maria Campos | Creation/Performance:  Ada Daniele, Madeline Harms, Amy Josh, Amber Pansters, Tijana Prendovic, Maasa Sakano, Marija Slavec, Zachary Chant, Mattia De Salve, Finn Lakeberg, Jorge Soler, Matti Tauru, Cornelius Mickel, Thomas Van Praet, John Wannehag, Anamaria Klajnšcek, Milena Wiese, Pontus Fager | Music conductor: Hermann Bäumer | Music repetiteur: Michael Millard | Rehearsal director: Michael Langeneckert | Scenography: GN|MC | Light design: Yaron Abulafia | Costume: Lucia Vonrhein | Photos: Andreas J. Etter | Production: Staatstheater Mainz, tanzmainz


75 minutes