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Dan in 3 forthcoming choreographic pieces

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.”

Dan performing in This is Still Not Normal

Dan is performing in the choreographers Arantxa Martínez and Juan Domínguez’s project This is Still Not Normal at Radialsystem and Uferstudios in Berlin.

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”

The Radialsystem dates are 25-28 August and Uferstudios dates are 8-11 September. Check the Radialsystem or Uferstudios web sites for times and ticket information.

Another Green World workshop at Art Laboratory Berlin

We are running a workshop on Sunday 14 August at Art Laboratory Berlin, Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin.

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
Register here!
The workshop has a very limited capacity, therefore registration is necessary.

Sophia contributes to workshop on storytelling at FU Berlin

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.

Autumn 2021 Catchup

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….

At the invitation of Sandra Noeth, we gave a talk at https://hallning.se/ in June which is still available till March next year called The pros and cons of being digitally vegan (we start at 41:14)

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

Sophia and Dan Guest Professors at University of the Arts Berlin

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 video in Künstlereltern exhibition in Dortmund

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.

plan b performing Together/Apart at Haus der Statistik Friday 12 June

As part of Sabine Zahn’s second Stadterweitern series of labs this week, we will present our performance lecture Together / Apart which we first developed during our residency at PACT Zollverein. The evening starts at 19:30 with a lecture by Dr. Saskia Hebert, I’m the Escalator and our contribution begins at 20:30. Haus der Statistik Haus D Otto-Braun-Straße 70/72 Berlin. Tickets are 7 / 5 EUR available by registering beforehand at stadterweitern@lovelabours.net

Dan and Martin Howse talk about Stadterweitern on reboot.fm

Martin Howse and Dan have just recorded a walk near Martin’s studio in Mitte which will be broadcast this Sunday 17 May at 10pm on reboot.fm During the hour-long walk, we talk about Martin’s visit to two of the Stadterweitern labs organised by Sabine Zahn that Andrea Keiz and Dan devised last week. Martin kindly lent his electromagnetic detektors that were used in the Stadterweitern labs. UPDATE: if you missed the broadcast, you can listen to the programme here on reboot.fm’s mixcloud channel

plan b perform at the Floating University, Berlin

We are very pleased to be presenting a lecture performance on Wednesday 2nd October at about 6pm at the Floating University in Berlin. Map here. We are part of the open programme curated on this instance by Sabine Zahn, with whom we worked on Fremdgehen this summer.

The drop in day will begin at 4pm with a participatory workshop led by Sabine and Arantxa Martinez. We will be performing at around 6pm, followed by a screening of THE VISITOR by Katarina Schröter.