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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 TONIGHT

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          Performance

          2019 June 27 28 29 30 | 20.00
          Festsaal

          Auf Englisch - In English

          From The Stooges to Rihanna, tonight is one of the most frequently used words in pop music, and probably the most powerful. When this word is heard, or sung along to and out loud - a sense can open up that tonight, for real, something momentous might occur. It might take the shape of a romantic event or a total revolution. But either way, this extraordinary event will bring with it a radical transformation of your life as you have lived it up til now.

          As a lyric, tonight functions as a powerful talisman or portal to an alternate time and place. As a performance, TONIGHT critically explores the potency of this popularly shared poetic of the tonight space. It looks at tonight as a complicated tension between being a place of queer becoming – where we imagine and stage other possibilities of ourselves – and a vehicle of exploitation of desire via the pop machine.

          tonight is the sensual world. tonight is the promise of an imminent magic moment - the ancient Greek notion of Kairos. tonight is an uncontainable temporality, a sticky speculation of desire that spills over. It is an act of cultural edging that is both a sanctuary for rehearsing our ideal selves and a cruel fiction running on an engine of nostalgia for a space and time that is yet to be.

          TONIGHT explores the pleasures and perils of the erotics, the poetics, and the politics of a shared pop imaginary of exquisite anticipation.

          Forever's gonna start tonight...


          A companion TONIGHT video installation will screen in the Festsaal-foyer during the run of the performance.



          Concept, Text, Video, Direction Melanie Jame Wolf Performed by Melanie Jame Wolf, Sheena McGrandles, Rodrigo Garcia Alves SoundDesign Mieko Suzuki LIGHT DESIGN Ariel Efraim Ashbel CostumeDesign Josa Marx STAGEDESIGN Jonas Maria Droste Outside Eyes Sharon Smith, Peaches Assistant Evan Loxton Photo Ashton Green Press & Production björn & björn

          A production by Melanie Jame Wolf in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. With support by the Australia Council for the Arts, Cité Internationales des Arts, The Substation - Melbourne, and MAKE artist development programme and residency - Theatre Forum Ireland. Media partner: Missy, taz. die tageszeitung, Ask Helmut

          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 Mira Fuchs and HIGHNESS at Sophiensaele.

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