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Interrobang Livestream: Familiodrom

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May 14 15 | 20.00 Performance on Zoom
Online | 10/5 €
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In Familiodrom, Interrobang gives birth to a child together with the online audience. Immediately the freshly baked parents' collective is stuck in the ideological swamp of cloth diapers, ready-to-eat porridge, sleep training, shame and guilt.

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T.Will NEW TECHNIQUES II: RESIDENCY SHOWING
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May 15 | 19.00
May 16-29
Film Release + DJ Set
Online |

We would like to invite you to our second online showing, happening in the frame of the residency program NEW TECHNIQUES. T.Will and his collaborators will give insight into his research into the interrelation of race, gender and melancholia.

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Henrike Iglesias Livestream: Under Pressure
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May 19 | 19.30 Livestream
Online auf www.berlinerfestpiele.de | Pay what you want
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In an interactive game show, the performers of the collective Henrike Iglesias compete against each other. The audience decides via app who bears up best against the competition’s challenging performance categories.

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Joana Tischkau BEING PINK AIN'T EASY
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May 20 | 16.00
May 21-31
June 01 02 03
Dance/Film
Online | 10/5 Euro
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Gangstas, Pimps and Hoes: The US rap world is filled with hyper masculine images. Joana Tischkau draws on these events to expose the fragility of social constructs such as race and gender. We will show the performance as a film version.

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Julian Warner AFTER EUROPE. BEITRÄGE ZUR DEKOLONIALEN KRITIK
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May 20 | 19.00 book presentation on zoom
Online | Eintritt frei

As part of the After Europe festival, curator Julian Warner invited participants to a symposium at Sophiensæle in the fall of 2019 to discuss central – and debatable – concepts and issues surrounding postcolonialism, decolonization, and identity politics. Now an edited version of the discussion has been published by Verbrecher Verlag.

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KRISTINA + KAROLINA DREIT, ANNA TRZPIS-MCLEAN FASHIONSHOW: WORKING CLASS DAUGHTERS
May 26 | 15.00
May 27 28 29 30
Online-Installation
Online | Eintritt frei

As part of PAF Introducing ..., the installation in the Sophiensæle courtyard negotiates issues of class, gender and migration. In a subtle way it plays with conventions of fashion shows and refers to a current phenomenon in which so-called "workwear" finds its way into high fashion contexts. What's classy if you're rich, but trashy if you're poor?

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KRISTINA + KAROLINA DREIT, ANNA TRZPIS-MCLEAN Artist Talk
May 28 | 20.00 Artist Talk
Online |

With the ARTIST TALK, there is an opportunity to further learn about the Working Class Daughters project and the topics of the work.

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hannsjana Die große M.I.N.T.-Show
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May 29 30 | 18.00
May 31 | 19.00
June 01 | 19.00
Performance on Zoom
Online | Solidarische Preisstufen 5-25 Euro

Die große M.I.N.T.-Show goes online! As part of the Performing Arts Festival 2021, hannsjana reprogram a Zoom meeting into a late-night show in their usual humorous manner and confront the exclusion mechanisms of scientific disciplines.

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Festival

Tanztage Berlin 2021

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JANUARY 07 to ∞

Dear Audience, dear Friends of Tanztage Berlin,

due to the ongoing uncertain planning situation, after three attempts of postponing the festival since January 2021, we have to inform you with a heavy heart that the event won’t take place this year. The twelve performances we were supposed to present received an invitation to participate in its next edition in January 2022. The artists received their production/revival grants, cancellation fees, and rehearsal space and dramaturgical support throughout the season. The works are finished and ready to be presented live. On July 1st, we are going to publish an open call for Tanztage Berlin 2022. We would like to thank the artists and our audience for their patience and understanding and were very happy about the interest in our online kickoff of the Tanztage in January – you can still find the podcasts of the online kickoff on our website

 

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          Risk and Resilience Marjani Forté-Saunders + Meena Murugesan Memoirs of a Unicorn: A Film (First Cut)

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          Online film screening + talk

          2020 October 25 26 | 20.00
          ONLINE

          In English

          The film screening will be followed by a talk between Marjani Forté-Saunders, Meena Murugesan and Joy Kristin Kalu on the translation of the live performance into the medium of film and the presentation of vulnerable art in times of pandemic.

          CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM

          In her triple Bessie award-winning solo, choreographer and dancer Marjani Forté-Saunders pays tribute to the "unicorns" of her life and her community: formative figures such as father, son and brother, homies, pahtnas and fams. The choreography interweaves memories of her father - his mystical knowledge, his love for science fiction literature and his special ability to create realities - with collective memories and historical fragments. Inspired by writers such as James Baldwin, Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison, a performance about black identity, magic, resilience and political resistance.
          Due to current travel restrictions, the piece unfortunately cannot be shown on stage as planned. Instead, Marjani Forté-Saunders and filmmaker and Bessie Award winner Meena Murugesan will offer the Sophiensæle audience a first pre-screening of the film Memoirs of a Unicorn: A Film (in progress, First Cut). This experimental collage of intimate encounters and experiences documents the piece's three-year journey and at the same time offers an interpretation of the internal processes and dreams that lie at the core of this work and its team.

          MARJANI FORTÉ-SAUNDERS is a Mother, choreographer, performer, and community organizer. She is a 2020 recipient of the Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grants for Artists Award and a 3x Bessie Award winner for Memoirs of a… Unicorn. Marjani collaborates with husband and composer Everett Asis Saunders as 7NMS|. Their new work, PROPHET,  exploring the journey of Hip Hop’s infamous Lyricist, will premiere at Abrons Arts Center 2021-22. She defines her work by its lineage stemming from culturally rich, vibrant, historic, loving, irreverent conjurers!

          Meena Murugesan is an experimental choreographer, performer, video artist and arts educator. Meena often investigates the ways in which South Asian dance histories intersect with Eurocentric dance histories, and re-choreographs these post-colonial junctions through live performance, multi-media installations, and video art. Since 2014, Meena has been working through issues of Blackness and anti-Blackness in the South Asian diaspora in a three-part series of choreographies. Meena is currently based in Los Angeles and has worked with choreographers taisha paggett, Shyamala Moorty, Sheetal Gandhi, Laurel Tendindo, Emily Beattie, Alison D’Amato and Carol McDowell. Meena is a current member of the transnational Post Natyam Collective, and taisha pagget’s collective WXPT.

          Film
          Director, Media Designer
          Meena Murugesan Producer, choreographer, performer Marjani Forté-Saunders Producer, composer, sound designer Everett Saunders Drone, 2nd Camera D. Sabela Grimes Light Design Tuce Yasak STORYTELLING, STAGE DESIGN, CO-DESIGN Richard Forté Set Design Mimi Lien AssISTANT Set Design Peiyi Wong Production Manager Santino Lo

          Performance
          CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Marjani Forté-Saunders COMPOSITION, SOUND DESIGN Everett Saunders MEDIA DESIGN Meena Murugesan LIGHT DESIGN Tuce Yasak STORYTELLING, STAGE DESIGN, CO-DESIGN Richard Forté SET DESIGN Mimi Lien, Peiyi Wong PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Nathan Shreeve

          A production by Marjani Forté-Saunders, funded by the PGF-USA Special Projects Grant, the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation and the Princess Grace Special Projects Award Commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Residency together with New York Live Arts. With friendly support of the (MANCC) in partnership with the Urban Bush Women's Choreographic Center Initiative. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.