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“139 Seconds” and “600 Seconds”

“139 Seconds” is a shortened and updated version of “600 Seconds”.
Both pieces were composed by the Swiss composer Christian Schaaf.
In 1990 he created “600 Seconds” especially for a highly acrobatic pas de deux Thorsten Kreissig choreographed for the Hannover Ballet, Germany.

This pas de deux was extended into a pas de six with the title “Digits 1” performed by Malmö Ballet in Sweden. In 1991 an even more elaborated version “Digits 2” was presented at the International Choreographic Competition in Tokyo. “Digits 2” was performed by 6 highly talented dancers who just finished their education at the renowned John-Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany

Christian Schaaf, Composer

Christian Schaaf

Swiss born music journalist, art director and film composer Christian Schaaf had been making music and playing the piano from early childhood, winning his first piano competition at age 16.
Yet his strong interest in theatre and dance led him to new realms: he became a ballet dancer and performed solo roles in creations of many renowned choreographers such as Mats Ek or Robert North.

After his active dancing career he became art director of one of the then leading event agencies of Germany, designing and producing a number of mega-events for the EXPO 2000 world exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
Eventually, Christian moved to Berlin, where he founded the TV-documentary film production company TIME:CODE:MEDIA. As head and art-director of this enterprise, he produced films for major German public broadcasters like ARD, ZDF, Phoenix and many others. Moving on, he founded Klassik.TV, Germanies first IPTV-station for classical music. Currently, Christian Schaaf works as an independent music journalist and producer. In his spare time, he enjoys piloting his microlight airplane over Europe.

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