Paradise on Stage


" Mirjam Klebel and Tomaz Simatovic impress with their energetic performance that lurches through the diverse worlds of dance. In conjunction with the sound scape of Matej Bonin the piece presents a unique version of the story of creation that remains interesting, surprising and entertaining for the entire hour. "

Christoph Pichler, DrehPunkt Kultur Salzburg, on Paradise On Stage, December 2014


Paradise on Stage in many ways reflects ideas of what is like to be in 'paradise' on stage. The central question of this work is the creation of a piece of music that makes the couple dance, a piece of music that acts as a catalyst for a dance for an intimate experience with the imagination and sensation the music creates. 

The work began as a reflection of the urban legend that throwing tomatoes (in German Paradeiser) on stage means that something must have gone really wrong in the performance. In reference to the biblical notion of 'paradise', where the couple indulges into the carnal experience of the body, something went wrong by which the couple was banned from the ideal place of harmony and ended up in a place where they have to work to recreate their experience of paradise. 




Concept, performance, stage and light design ● Mirjam Klebel, Tomaz Simatovic
Music composition ● Matej Bonin
Dramaturgy ● Christian Sattlecker
Co-production ● ARGEkultur Salzburg / Cornelia Anhaus

Year ● 2014
Duration ● 45 min
Photography, trailer ● SensoReye/ Fivos Salahas
Video ● SensoReye/ Nicos Stavros
Graphic design ● Alexander Stürzer

Supported by ● tanz_house Salzburg, Performance Centre Falmouth University, Salzburg Stadt and Salzburg Land Kulturfonds