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
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.
Dan is one of the performers and artists you can phone as part of the telephone version of She She Pop’s Kanon. Lines will be open from 8pm on Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May. Details on the Hebbel am Ufer website.
Carrying on from the last post about it being the year of guest appearances, Dan has been invited to be a guest performer in She She Pop’s latest work Kanon, which will premiere in HAU 2 in Berlin on Friday 22 November. He will be performing on Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Monday 25 November and the last evening is Tuesday 26. See the HAU site for ticket details.
It’s the year of performing in other people’s work this year. After both of us having a wonderful time developing Fremdgehen with Sabine Zahn in the Summer, Dan has been asked to act as an English guide for two of Club Real’s events around their Parliament of Organisms, Beyond Nature. The first event was the opening and first sitting of the Parliament of Organisms in Osloer Str on 9 September and more recently, there was the People’s Judicial Proceedings at Ballhaus Ost on 3 November. Keep an eye out on Club Real’s web site (link above) for forthcoming dates.
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.
We are delighted to be involved in a unique psychogeographic, choreographic performance ‘Fremdgehen’, initiated by Sabine Zahn. Sophia and I will be performing with Arantxa Martinez and Joshua Rutter. Also involved in the project are Andrea Keiz and Benoît Verjat. Fremdgehen will run twice a day (11am and 1pm) on 2-4 July and 5-8 August.
Here’s an excerpt from the flyer:
Fremdgehen comprises four choreographic city duets each made together with an unknown companion in the area around Anhalter Bahnhof. You are invited to subtly shift your own viewpoint through movement and physical communication. Fremdgehen tests how much playfulness the daily life of this neighbourhood allows.
Tickets: 14 EUR from eventbrite
Nearness (Nähe) is an evening of new works by two artist duos — plan b (Sophia New and Daniel Belasco Rogers) and Kovács/O’Doherty. plan b will present Together/Apart, a performative lecture and live video work, and Kovács/O’Doherty will present 1–100, a process-based spatialised sound work. The event is presented as part of Place Rhythm. Pulse, the ausland series focusing on performance, sound, and presence, organised and curated by Gretchen Blegen.
The works of both artist duos presented at this event share a common concern with the thematic core of nearness. Both works consider the possibilities of proximity and commonality — of matching without lining up, of the difference between the identical and the adjacent.
We are delighted to be collaborating again with our friend Ella Ziegler for her day of performance and video work entitled Movement of Emotions at Projektraum Meinblau, Christinenstraße 18-19, 10119 Berlin this Sunday 16 September, starting at 8pm. As well as the piece Feigned Unconsciousness, which we have performed before in Berlin with the vibraphone player Morten J. Olsen, we will also be performing in the premiere of a new piece, Streitgespräch, featuring household appliances and text. We hope to see some of you for what should be an interesting evening for all concerned.
This month we seem to be very busy with public space. Firstly, our workshop (Re)discovering the City is happening again 14 – 17 June as part of the Berlin University of the Arts and the Udk Studium Generale. We’ll be exploring and introducing artistic strategies to intervene in public space and urban environments.
We have also been preparing for the new commission called ‘The Day the Books Took Off for the Impulse Fesitval where we have made a small performantive installation (meant for 2 people at a time) in the International English Library. We are one of the five artist groups contributing to the Stadtprojekt which is called Wenn die Häuser Trauer Tragen (When the Buildings Carry Grief) which is responding to the fact that the last public building in central Düsseldorf is to be sold off. All the institutions are having to be rehoused and not everyone is happy about that. Upstairs in the library that has existed for the last 70 years we are using some of the culled books to make birds and reflect on their materiality and sancturary of libraries and their threatened status. All the tours are free as is the final farewell party on 24th June from 18.00 so if you are in the area do pop by