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“The Ball is Capricious”

The Celebration Night on 24 April is one of the highlights at the 40th Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. We spoke to the director of the elaborate production, Professor Enno-Ilka Uhde.

Professor Uhde, what is the basic idea behind the Celebration Night show?
We’re not simply getting a single star to appear in Stuttgart – the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is definitely the star at the Celebration Night on 24 April. That the sports event has been in existence for the past 40 years and is still developing and growing is something quite remarkable. We’d like to celebrate the anniversary in a way that is in keeping with the occasion.

Therefore, a homage to the tennis tournament. How are you going to do it?
The Celebration Night is based on a philosophical idea. It’s about winning and losing, about inner and outer balance, about the consolidation of time. To illustrate everything, I’ll be using the dimensions of language, plot, music and space. I don’t play tennis, I’m portraying a big idea.

What can one imagine?
For the event, a tennis court will be given a high-gloss golden dance floor with a black frame. There’s also about 160 computer-controlled kinetic spheres hanging from the roof and a further 70 mirror spheres on the ground. We’ll be also employing a huge video screen.

The guests can look forward to a unique gesamtkunstwerk. And the way in which the exceptional space is utilised?
The ball is the central theme at the Celebration Night. The ball is capricious, it doesn’t belong to anybody, its trajectory is governed by chance. Players have to try to subdue it, to seduce it. Something of a similar nature also takes place in our programme like in the action-packed contact juggling performed by Victor Kee, the Cirques du Soleil’s head juggler. Or in the horizontal juggling number shown by Victor Moiseev, who will present a totally new way of moving balls.

Dance will also be celebrated at the Celebration Night …
Yes, and with a pas de deux full of devotion danced by Alicia Amatriain and Constantine Allen, the Stuttgart Ballet’s two first soloists. I don’t want to reveal too much about the Match Point Dance performed by 40 showgirls and modern dance girls from Le Lido in Paris, just that they’ll be appearing in golden costumes. It’ll be spectacular.

You’ve engaged the Stuttgart “Tatort” TV series detective Richy Müller alias Thorsten Lammert as the announcer and presenter for the evening. …
Yes, Richy Müller is so-to-say the evening’s lead person, he’ll present the individual elements of the programme as a part of a bigger picture. And he’s a real Porsche-lover. The Celebration Night is his premiere as a conferencier.

How long have you been preparing the Celebration Night?
We’ve been working on the show for the past nine months, every day. It’s designed to be an entertaining, informative but not patronising event that will continue to excite the guest for a long time afterwards. Then we’ve achieved our aim.

Celebration Night

RICHY MÜLLER
Sprecher

EKATERINE ROBAKIDZE
& PHILIPPE RIVES

Bewegungsartistik
Und mimodramatischer Tanz

MARULA RIGOLO
Sanddorn-Balance

VIKTOR KEE
Kontaktjonglage

VICTOR MOISEEV
Horizontaljonglage

STUTTGARTER BALLETT
Pas de Deux

RHYTHMISCHE SPORTGYMNASTIK
Showformation „Rockin’ Angels“

40 TÄNZERINNEN
24 Revuetänzerinnen
(„Oh My God Girls“)
Und 16 Modern Dance Girls

SPECIAL GUESTS

TRACY AUSTIN
ANGELIQUE KERBER
MARK WEBBER

LIVE MUSIC

ALESSANDRA GÜNTHARDT
Pop

DANIELA VEGA
Sopran

CENK BIYIK
Tenor

JEE EUN FRANZISKA LEE
HSU-CHEN SU
MATT CLIFFORD

Piano

ENA HAN
Trommeltanz

PIERRE WYSS, ULLA BLADIN & ANDREI GOLESC
Choreographie

PROF. ENNO-ILKA UHDE
Regie

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