This is Still Not Normal in the Zitadelle in Berlin Spandau
This is Still Not Normal, the choreographic piece about sexuality and intimacy proposed by Juan Domínguez and Arantxa Martínez is revisiting Berlin in February for a special one-off performance as part of the exhibition ‘Skin’ at the Zentrum für Aktuelle Kunst at the Zitadelle in Spandau.
There are two performance slots on Saturday 25 February: 15:00 (3pm) and 16:00 (4pm)
The performance is free but you need to book a slot in advance. To do so, please send an email to email@example.com saying what time you would like to attend.
Special tip: The performances are one-on-one. If you came to the 3pm performance, there could be space left on the 4pm performance and you could experience it with another performer.
Performers: Daniel Belasco Rogers, Ghyslaine Gau, Sangeeta Lerner, Guilherme Morais, Noa Noelani, Lola Rubio
Dan back in Berlin with She She Pop in Dance Me
Since being invited as a guest artist with She She Pop to develop the inter-generational dance competition ‘Dance Me‘ in Winter 2021/2022, Dan has performed in Kampnagel in Hamburg, Spring in Autumn festival in Utrecht, Mousonturm in Frankfurt and Hellerau in Dresden.
This period of touring for ‘Dance Me’ will finish with a return to where we premiered the piece, in Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin on 16 & 18 March 2023. Check the HAU site for ticket details (on sale now!)
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
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.
The Pervasion of the Digital at Bern University
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!
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 moderating PSR Dance by Other Means today
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.
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.