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Melanie Jame Wolf TONIGHT

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February 10 | 19.00 Dance/film
Online | Tickets 5 Euro

This revival of TONIGHT takes place online. Because time has a very different quality on screen than on stage, and because the logic of video is different to the logic of theater, Melanie Jame Wolf has reimagined this version of TONIGHT as a film. In this sense, it is a second edition of the work. Offering a fresh take to both those who are familiar with TONIGHT, and those new to the work and the artist.

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Sheena McGrandles Figured + Flush
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February 20 | 19.00 Dance/film
Online | Tickets 5 Euro

Figured and Flush are companion works by choreographer Sheena McGrandles that are part of an ongoing series on radical temporalities and illogical intimacies. Since the performances cannot be brought to the stage due to the pandemic, both works are reworked as dance for screen.

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Tanztage Berlin 2021

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JANUARY 07 to ∞

Due to the current pandemic situation, the 30th edition of the Tanztage Berlin will start as an online program from January 7 to 16. All planned live performances will then be made up for in spring 2021.
The film showdown AV by choreographer Judith Förster and filmmaker Stella Horta will kick off the festival on January 7. Clay AD will present the first digital premiere of the festival on January 15 with the performance Indication of Spring at the End of Time. We also invite you to an online Zukunftswerkstatt – a series of discussions about work culture and mental health, organized in cooperation with the ZTB (Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin) association. Pedro Marum will also curate an online format focusing on new artistic practices of care in club culture. In addition to this, the festival presents the first three episodes of its podcast, which was prepared in collaboration with the queer-feminist rave collective LECKEN.

 

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          Melanie Jame Wolf Highness

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          2017 October 25 26 27 28 | 21.00
          2018 April 27 28 | 20.00
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          Masterful women, drag superstars, actual monarchs, aging queers: What makes a Queen a Queen? Highness critically inhabits and stages ideas of "the regal feminine": the precarious labor of working a crown in the everyday, in divergent narratives of history and colony and blood, and in relation to one's subjects; the magic trick of holding on to the right to rule, of appearing born for the task, of deserving one's place, of remembering to remember how to serve. Soft power, iron rule, petty tyranny, virgin queen – what is the relation of power to legacy, and legacy to sacrifice on the territory of a woman's body that is "royal"?

          Involving a video collaboration with artist Sam Smith, Highness is the second piece in the Arch Type-trilogy of performance works begun in 2015 with Mira Fuchs. This trilogy investigates economies of affect as they relate to three available archetypes of performing womanhood: the Whore, the Queen, and the Hag.

          TEXT, CHOREOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PERFORMANCE Melanie Jame Wolf VIDEO, SET Sam Smith COSTUME Veronika Schneider SOUND DESIGN Annika Henderson, 24k/Carl Anderson ARTISTIC ADVISORS Sharon Smith TANZ Louise Trueheart, Alistair Watts MANAGEMENT björn & björn

          A production by Melanie Jame Wolf/Savage Amusement funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. With support from Arts House Melbourne, Metro Arts Brisbane, and Schwankhalle Bremen. media partner: taz.die tageszeitung

          Melanie Jame Wolf makes performances and video installations about economies. Sometimes solo, sometimes with friends. Always exploring systems of value and exchange, particularly as they occur in the murky field of immaterial capital – the social, the cultural, the affective. She investigates these flows as they are produced through ideas of ghosts, of gender, of pop, of myth, of morality, of sensuality, of class. Melanie Jame has shown her work in gallery, theatre, and film festival contexts around the world. She premiered her two last major performance works HIGHNESS and TONIGHT at Sophiensaele. savage-amusement.com

           

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