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Grosse Bühne
Jessica Nupen:

The Nose

  • The Nose
    © Joel Janse van Vuuren
  • The Nose
    © Jessica Nupen
  • The Nose
    © Joel Janse van Vuuren
  • The Nose
    © Joel Janse van Vuuren
  • The Nose
    © Joel Janse van Vuuren
  • The Nose
    © Joel Janse van Vuuren
  • The Nose
    © Joel Janse van Vuuren
  • The Nose
    © Joel Janse van Vuuren
Wheelchair users / Dance / With hearing amplification
  • Wed, 18.03.2020 20:00
    Kampnagel – K6 Cancelled
  • Thu, 19.03.2020 20:00 [Talk]
    Kampnagel – K6 Cancelled
  • Fri, 20.03.2020 20:00
    Kampnagel – K6 Cancelled
  • Sat, 21.03.2020 20:00
    Kampnagel – K6 Cancelled
  • Thu, 28.10.2021 20:00 [World Premiere]
    Kampnagel – K6
  • Fri, 29.10.2021 20:00
    Kampnagel – K6
  • Sat, 30.10.2021 20:00
    Kampnagel – K6

This is the new date, originally THE NOSE was scheduled for March 2020.

“I am myself!” exclaims The Nose when interrogated about where she belongs.

Major Kov, the self-claimed owner of The Nose (originally created by Gogol in 1836) wakes up one fateful morning and discovers that the central feature of his face has disappeared. The narcissistic and self-important man frantically runs around the town marshalling all the resources he has to find it. Meanwhile The Nose is seen parading through the chaos of Johannesburg with effortless authority.

Fast forward to the 21st Century, we find a wildly-reimagined interpretation of this absurd story explored through electrifying physical expression and fused dance styles framed by opera and rap, all conceptualized by the eccentric Hamburg-based South African choreographer and dancer Jessica Nupen.  

Transformed from stage onto screen, The Nose is a full-scale hybrid film installation accompanied by live music. An original score and rap libretto by Canadian musician and rapper Josh “Socalled” Dolgin, directed and composed by South African musician Gareth Lubbe, The Nose responds to themes of greed, hierarchy and emancipation against an imploding backdrop of growing social tensions, political cataclysms and fake news. A spectacular set design together with an international ensemble of dancing singers and singing dancers leads an expedition into an absurd reality driven by superstition and revelation.

HERE is the evening sheet to download.



  • Artistic Direction & Choreography: Jessica Nupen
  • Music & Libretto: Josh Socalled Dolgin (Joshua Dolgin)
  • Composition & Music Direction: Gareth Lubbe
  • Dramaturgy: Maria Isabel Hagen, Khutjo Green
  • Technical Direction, Stage Design & Light: Wilhelm Disbergen
  • Costumes & Props: Joel Janse van Vuuren
  • Visual Arts: Dolph TV
  • Production Manager: Fanny Roy
  • Assistant Director: Marthe Meier
  • Choreographic Assistance: Oscar Buthelezi
  • Technical Assistant: Lars Rubarth
  • Musical Ensemble: Lisa Lammel, Lucas Schwengebecher, Ruben Jeyasundaram, Olivier Stritt, Konstantin Bessonov, Bastian Duncker, Jonathan Murphy, Djordje Davidovic
  • Singers: Luvo Rasemeni, Siphesihle Mdena, Ernestine Stuurman, Thando Mpushe, Babalwa Mdayi, Pumza Mxinwa von Cape Town Opera und Caroline Nkwe
  • Dancers: Sunnyboy Motau, Oscar Buthelezi, Eugene Mashiane, Masego Moloto, Sbusiso Gumede, Lesego Dihemo von Moving Into Dance Mophatong
  • FILM PRODUCTION: Creative Director: Jessica Nupen
  • Production, Direction: Kate D’hotman
  • Line Production: Madelyn Ludi
  • Production Cordination: Fundi Shezi
  • 1st Assistant Director: Pule Mqhedlane
  • Performance Direction: Khutjo Green
  • Musical Direction: Gareth Lubbe
  • Director of Photography: Pascale Neuschafer
  • Drone Operator: Juandre Vorster
  • Focus Puller: JP Turvey
  • Loader: Kekeletso Monare
  • Video Take Off: Mpesh Mkhonza
  • VTO Assistant: Phumzile Nkosi
  • Gaffer: Lesiba Makona
  • Best Boy Lights: Chris Makona
  • Spark: Tumelo Mohalanyane
  • Production Design: Luarnae Roos
  • Art Direction: Nadine Botha
  • Junior Set Dresser: Nthabiseng Malaka
  • Art Assistant: Aubrey Ndzimeni
  • Costume Design: Joel Janse van Vuuren
  • Make-up Artist: Anel Kleynhans
  • Sound: Gavan Eckhardt
  • Cast Drivers: Siyanbonga Mbene & Jabulani Nkosana Masondo
  • Unit Management: Kenneth Matila
  • Unit Assistant: Aubrey Moekeletsi
  • Medic: Robert Jacobs
  • Catering: Game Changers
  • Security: Thuso Security
  • Offline Editor: Kate D’hotman

In co-production with: Kampnagel Centre for the International Arts, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Movement Metropolitan e.V., LKB Gallery

Artistic cooperation: Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Cape Town Opera

Funded by Fonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes/Federal Cultural Foundation of Germany, Behörde für Kultur & Medien Hamburg, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, Cassens Stiftung, Berit and Rainer Baumgarten Stiftungsfonds unter dem Dach der Hamburgischen Kulturstiftung, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, ZEIT-Stiftung, Canada High Commission, Dieter & Elisabeth Ammer and privat funders. Also funded by Claussen-Simon-Stiftung.
Made possible by the revival and guest performance funding of the Dachverband freie darstellende Künste with funds from the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Department of Culture and Media.

Other partners: DAL Deutsche Afrika-Linien, KoopLoft, Tonali

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