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.
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Dan prepared a series of lab experiments in urban space with Andrea Keiz as part of the series of labs called Stadterweitern by Sabine Zahn. You can find out more on the Stadterweitern website, as well as some sample excercises to do anywhere and feed into the research process.
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