This spring, the Sophiensæle is pleased to be able to catch up with two works from the Tanztage Berlin 2021/2022 programme that could not be presented during the festival in January due to the pandemic: Michelle Moura's Overtongue will be shown from 23 to 27 April. Kiana Rezvani's dance performance Cyber Ghosts will take place on 11 + 12 June 2022.
There is a common idea that what we say expresses our individuality. In her solo Michelle Moura works with ventriloquism to outsmart this logos and give herself up to a preverbal world. A chimerical body moves within sonic dissociations and physical landscapes whose mechanisms can be grotesque. Through misspeaking the performance bespeaks a diversity of voices in an act of its decoupling from the body. As an entity between physis and psyche the voice leaves the body of the performer without quite belonging to her: possessed, perhaps alive, perhaps dead.
The piece lasts 40 minutes and uses English and Brazilian Portuguese spoken language. Knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese is not required for comprehension of the piece though. The audience area on the grandstand is seated and will be rather dark throughout the entire performance. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop or at the box office, if available. If you require a specific seat, please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to show time and approach our evening staff.
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MICHELLE MOURA was born in Brazil and has lived in Berlin since 2017. Central points of her work are the physical, affective and neurological abilities of the body. Her performances have been presented at international festivals for dance and performing arts, including Impulstanz (AU), Panorama Festival (BR), La Biennale di Venezia (IT). As a performer she currently works with Lea Moro (CH) and has collaborated with Wilhelm Groener (DE) and Vincent Dupont (FR). She completed her master's degree at the School of Choreography (2015-2013), Amsterdam.
Choreography, Performance Michelle Moura Dramaturgy Maikon K Texts Maikon K, Michelle Moura Sound Design Kaj Duncan David Lighting Design Annegret Schalke Costumes Thelma Bonavita Make-Up Kysy Fischer International Distribution Something Great
A production by Michelle Moura in co-production with CND Centre National de la Danse Pantin (Paris) and Something Great (Berlin), supported by the SOPHIENSÆLEN. With residencies at Vooruit (Ghent - BE), STUK - House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven - BE), Fabrik Potsdam, Tanzhaus Zurich (CH), Traumabarundkino (Berlin) and Lake Studios (Berlin). With thanks to Mateusz Szymanówka and the entire SOPHIENSÆLE team, Alejandro Ahmed, Faetusa Tirzah, Fernando Marés, Greice Barros, Nadja Naira. The revival is sponsored by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.