Forest3 (Cosmos)


COSMOS uses Dance, Music and an interactive kinetic architecture of lights to describe what is beyond words. The discovery of gravitation waves in 2016 proved, that time and space is a fabric, which is in motion. How does it feel? How do we move in it? Does it has an impact on our everyday lives? We used to believe that the stars tell our future. Now they present us new unsolved mysteries.


Interactive Dance Performance and Installation with Sayaka Kaiwa, Ted Stoffer (Dance) and Hugo Paquete (Music) about disturbances on our lives through discoveries in the fabric of space and time.

In 2016 researchers from the American observatory “Ligo” succeeded in observing the gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916. The piece COSMOS describes the human fascination about the stars the sky and the universe, of the amazement about its existence. It creates a poetry of infinity and tries to make the fragile tissue of time and space, matter and spirit tangible. Ancient myths and scientific explanations, physicality and movement, architecture and light merge poetically. With the interactive kinetic light stage of COSMOS Chris Ziegler creates a visual sign system in space, which artistically explores the stars and the human relationship to the sky.

Heaven is “the sunset, the course of the moon, the glow of the stars, the times of the year, light and twilight of day, dark and light of night, the favor and the inhospitable of weather, clouds and blue depth of ether”. COSMOS quotes not only Heidegger, but also Italo Calvino’s “A Sign in Space” and an interview with Nathanial Butler, a member of the research team that received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for discovering gravitational waves – for new insights into the universe and hidden dimensions in the curvature of space and time.


Chris Ziegler: Concept & Media | AME, ASU

Chris Zlaket: Hardware & Electronics | AME, ASU

Connor Rawls: Responsive Media & Software | Synthesis & AME, ASU

Ian Shelanskey: Responsive Media & Software | AME, ASU


Production in cooperation with the School of Arts, Media and Engineering / Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ (USA).

Supported by the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende Baden-Württemberg e.V. with funds from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg.