New book ‘Walking as Artistic Practice’ features us!

Ellen Mueller wrote to let us know that we are included in her latest book ‘Walking as Artistic Practice‘. Following this, she invited us to contribute an interview about our work on her blog, which has just gone live.

A fireside dreaming session at Hildegard

We’d love you to join us at Lucy Powell’s Roots in the Ruins at Hildegard, a beautiful garden on the outskirts of Berlin this Saturday 7 Sunday 8 October between 4-7pm (NB postponed a day because of rain) for a fireside dreaming encounter we call Another Green World. Entrance is free.

A double-exposure image of herbs including sage and wormwood blending into a fiery centre sending sparks up into a dark top edge

Drossener Straße 16, 13053 Berlin, M4 Feldtmannstr
ROOTS IN THE RUINS
TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICES FOR FUTURE FLOURISHING

a series of participatory performances, discussions and workshops
in a wild garden in Berlin Alt-Hohenschönhausen

presents
Another Green World
a fireside dreaming with plan b

Saturday 7 October from 4 – 7 pm
followed by drinks and soup

As the autumn sets in and winter draws near, we invite you to dream of better, greener worlds to come. Having gathered rosemary, lavender, wormwood and sage we will bind the herbs ready for you to take home for future dreaming and cleansing.

While we do this, we will collectively enter into future visions beyond the eminent damage to this world and encounter another green world. What does waking up and stepping into this world feel like, sound like, smell like?

Afterwards, sipping lemon balm tea, a wormwood tincture based on a recipe by Hildegard herself and a hearty soup, we will warm ourselves around the fire as we share journeys through the collective imaginary.

Choreographic Milieu established as Fonds DaKü evaluation

As part of Fonds Darstellende Künste’s evaluation of their funding programmes, Sabine Zahn, Alice Chauchat, Ghyslaine Gau and Dan have been asking ourselves what performance and movement work in the urban environment needs in terms of support.

We feel ourselves part of a connected group of artists with similar concerns, a milieu. In September, we invited 12 other artists to present their work and discuss common issues at the Floating University. The artists invited were: Jason Corff, Paula Kramer, Clément Layes, Sophia New, Katja Münker, Gabi Reuter, Josh Rutter, Karol Tyminski and Siegmar Zacharias.

A group of 13 people all look at a laptop under a white awning on a sunny day. The background is foliage and they are standing, sitting on chairs and the floor on a wooden deck mostly within a white taped square. They look very absorbed by the contents they watch on the laptop which we cannot see. Photographer: Dorothea Tuch

Dance Gathering on Winterfeldtplatz

The time of the Dance Gatherings has come! There will be three Dance Gatherings in Schöneberg this month. The first chance to dance is this Sunday 18th June between 6-8pm on Winterfeldtplatz in SchönebergDance Gathering is an invitation to dance together from a menu of social dances proposed by Alice Chauchat.

Hope to see you there!

A poster advertising the event "Dance Gathering" by Alice Chauchat

Dan in two dance performances in Schöneberg with Alice Chauchat

Dan is taking part in two dance performances initiated by Alice Chauchat.

A Stroll, A Song, A Doubt, An Echo is a one-on-one performance walk in the urban space, with words and silence. Made by Alice Chauchat, Ghyslaine Gau and Dan, who live in Nollendorfkiez, the piece proposes a walk together, discovering how you can meet places with the support of words, song, and dancing. Strolling through the Nollendorfkiez at nightfall, you experience the city as a space of sensorial and imaginary encounters, where intimacy and distance are constantly rearranging. Every evening at 20:45 near Nollendorfplatz in Berlin between 17 April and 3 May. Register through this Eventbrite link.

Dance Gathering is an invitation to dance together from a menu of social dances proposed by Alice Chauchat. Dance Gathering is free and open to all participants and also takes place in Berlin Schöneberg. You can either get involved in preparing for the events as hosts every other week on Tuesdays 11/4, 25/4, 9/5, 23/5 and 6/6 between 7-9pm (register at dance.together@gmail.com) or just come along to the open air dance parties on 11, 18 and 25 June 6-8pm. Exact location in Schöneberg to be confirmed.

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 grafik@julieaugust.de 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!)

Photo from the She She Pop Show Dance Me featuring 5 old and 5 young performers. We see 5 older people in sparkly trousers and silver grey vests with their right hands in the air in front of 5 younger performers behind microphone stands. The background is the illuminated scoreboard from the show, designed by Jan Brokof

Dance Me – She She Pop. Photo: Benjamin Krieg

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.