Hauschka & Edivaldo Ernesto

August, 2013


Edivaldo Ernesto

Piano & Electronics



An encounter of improvised music and dance


A project by Annette Gentz Music Arts and

UM:LAUT musik.impulse


An encounter of two unique artists: The internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka meets the young Mozambican dancer Edivaldo Ernesto from the company of Sasha Waltz & Guests. The two of them abandon the safety of composition and choreography, joining each other in an improvised interplay of sound and movement, entering an artistic dialogue without the corset of a predetermined course, open for unexpected developments, spontaneity and the impulses of each other.


Edivaldo Ernesto has collaborated with numerous artists and choreographers like David Zambrano, Mat Voorter, Robert Hilton, or Faustin Linyekula after having received traditional and classical dance training in Mozambique. Sasha Waltz engaged him for the first time for her project "Dialoge Freiburg" in 2005. Since 2008 Edivaldo Ernesto is a constant member of the ensemble of Sasha Waltz & Guests and has performed in numerous productions of the company worldwide. With his unique and expressive style, he is considered one of the most remarkable and fascinating protagonists of the dance scene in Berlin. As his legendary duet with American percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky for the occasion of the 5th anniversary of RADIALSYSTEM V illustrated, improvisation has remained his great passion. Together with the Cuban choreographer Judith Sánchez Ruíz, Edivaldo Ernesto has developed the project "There is a name for it" which premiered in Brussels in May 2013, as a director, sound designer and dancer.


Hauschka on this collaboration:

"A collaboration between two artists, in particular between a dancer and musician is a tremendously interesting and challenging process. One of the first questions that came to our minds is whether we want to keep the spontaneity of the first interaction and leave a lot of the content open or whether the piece will be entirely choreographed from the beginning to the end. In the case of me performing with Edivaldo I think it is great to start the process on the evening of the performance with a rough outline of an idea and to create space for the strength of our improvisations.

When thinking about the theme of the evening I happened to read an article in the German newspaper "Die Zeit" about the subject of "Humanizing" in pop music and it made me reflect on the importance of dilettantism as an art movement. I like the idea of two people coming together who allow those unavoidable little uncontrolled events or even mistakes to change the direction of the performance and to create something unexpected. I think this is all in the nature of improvised music and dance.

Another angle is inspired by a research project of the Max Planck Institute I came across. It deals with the idea of humanizing music sequences, which of course is connected to the imperfection of a performance. Something that I also regard as a psychological issue: that imperfect things and spontaneous moments often have the power to unfold an enormous attraction and beauty.

I look forward to my initial meeting with Edivaldo right there on stage where the audience can see us communicate with each other on various levels."


by Hauschka, May 2013


UM:LAUT - Hauschka & Edivaldo Ernesto // an encounter of improvised music and dance from RADIALSYSTEM V on Vimeo.

Berlin Premiere