Dan is being a busy little performer this month, performing in 3 different movement pieces, all before the end of September.
There is another chance to see the very wonderful This is Still Not Normal conceived by Arantxa Martínez and Juan Domínguez at the Uferstudios in Berlin Wedding. There are two performances every day at 5pm and 6pm from Thursday 8th – Sunday 11 September. Details on the Tanzfabrik website.
Dan will be working with Arantxa again and join Sabine Zahn and Alice Chauchat in the continuation of Sabine’s unique urban movement practice Into Dwelling #2 which takes place on Alexanderplatz, also programmed by Tanzfabrik (ticket details on their website). There are performances at 12 midday on two weekends: Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 and Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 September. The choreography Into Dwelling #2 creates the conditions for minimal interventions into the habitability of the city. 4 performers take 8 participants on a devised parcour around the microlocations of Alexanderplatz to provisionally occupy subtle situations and movements.
Dan then continues working with Arantxa and Alice to be part of Alice Chauchat’s social dance work Dance Gathering at 6pm on Saturday 24 September at the Uferstudios in Berlin Wedding. This one is free, so come and join us in the courtyard of the Uferstudios for an evening of dancing pleasure. “[Dance Gathering is] an experimental choreographic work becomes a local contemporary folk dance. Prepared in collaboration with the local community in Wedding, Dance Gathering is an open-air party in the public space where professional dancers and amateurs invite visitors to dance speculative relationships. Steps and rules are replaced by guesswork, engagement and curiosity.”
The project promotes a public discourse about intimacy using nakedness, the performer’s own sexual stories, performative encounters and conversations. “Over the course of an intimate journey, the project negotiates situations and encounters that immerse us in unexpected juxtapositions of bodies, identities, experiences, fantasies and desires”
Using green space in the urban context of Wedding in Berlin, plan b invite participants to this outdoor workshop to collectively envision another kind of green, urban world, one that might sustain us in an uncertain future? Building on techniques of perception and imagining developed by the environmental activist Rob Hopkins, pioneer of the transition movement and author of From What Is to What If, we use the radical, transformative power of our imaginations to assess what we already have and taste what is nearly in our grasp.
Cost: 12 EUR / 8 EUR
The workshop has a very limited capacity, therefore registration is necessary.
On May 27th 2022, Sophia was invited by Kirsten Maar and Mila Pavićević to give a talk at the Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, FU Berlin, within the workshop on “Storytelling and Autofiction as Dramaturgical Tools”. The workshop addressed feminist dramaturgical procedures and its lineage with traditions and re-writings of history, and the potential to re-think the past in order to re-conceptualize the present and to re-envision the future. Sophia talk was entitled ‘Using one’s life as source’ which it examined some of plan bs past works that used performative stratgies to specifically draw upon personal and shared material be it that of songs or memories and reflections in the Last Hour as well as the ongoing practice or recording indivdual movement as a means of of a creating a self portrait based on where one goes. Lastly Sophia shared an excerpt from her video work The Matter Between Me and You which she made with Ruby about the personal respond to the physical biological matter that they shared and stored in the freezer.
Sophia and Dan were hugely delighted to be invited to contribute to the two-day interdisciplinary workshop at the Theatre and Dance Studies Department of Bern University in Switzerland on 2-3 March. Johanna Hilari (Bern) and Anna Leon (Vienna) did a wonderful job of putting together a fascinating workshop with plenty of time to exchange, eat together and get to know each others research and artistic practice. The weather was good too!
Even though juggling online and presence teaching through our Guest Professorship at the UdK Studium Generale for Interdisciplinary Artistic Practice and Theory, finishing a PhD at Exeter University (Sophia) and teaching still at the HZT, Berlin is taking a lot of time and energy we thought we’d let you know what else we have been up to….
Dan continued his collaboration with Sabine Zahn in August and September with the project Into Dwelling, where they made a site responsive performative study of the area near Alexanderplatz.
Sophia and Ruby took part in a podcast series that Sheena McGrandles initiated called Don’t Mother Me For the upcoming podcast they discussed the video they made together in 2014 called ‘The matter between me and you’ which they then showed as part of an accompanying exhibition taking place during Sheena’s latest performance, Dawn – a Musical on Reproduction at the end of September
Dan is currently rehearsing with She She Pop on their latest production, Dance Me which is currently scheduled to premiere in January 2022 at Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
From 17:00–18:57 (Berlin time) today, Sophia will moderate a panel about the launch of the new publication coming from PSR member Mila Pavićević’s residency Dance by Other Means (which I was honoured to proof read). The panel will consist of Sophia New, Igor Dobričić, Alexandra Hennig and Matthias Mohr. Its part of an all-day programme of events called Our Dance, organised by PSR collective (sorry guys, not going to link to your FB page for ethical reasons). Details and stream link can be found here.
We are delighted to announce that we are working for the wonderful Studium Generale (General Studies) team at the University of the Arts (Universität der Künste) here in Berlin, starting this Winter semester 2020/2021.
We are responsible for the Interdisciplinary Artistic Practice side of Studium Generale and are joined on the Academic side by our colleague, philosopher and author Philipp Hübl who also joined for this semester.
Sophia and Ruby will be presenting the video The Matter Between Me and You in the exhibition Künstlereltern at the Künstlerhaus Dortmund. The exhibition opens on 5th Sept at 2pm (where they will be present) and continues till 11th October.
Sabine Zahn’s urban movement project Fremdgehen, which premiered last year around Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin has been invited to be part of Potsdamer Tanztage 2020. Dan once again joins Arantxa Martinez and Joshua Rutter to develop and perform this one-on-one movement piece through the streets of Potsdam. Tickets and further details available through the Fabrik Potsdam site.