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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          Risk and Resilience Olympia Bukkakis A Touch of the Other

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          2020 October 08 09 10 | 20.00

          In English


          Please note that stroboscopic effects are used in this performance.

          With lipsync, dance, video and storytelling, the drag legend and self-proclaimed Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Olympia Bukkakis tackles the question of the role of trans identities and drag practices in the current feminist discourse. For this, she ventures to fall back on her own family history: for it is not only for Bukkakis that the external assessment of her body, which was assigned male at birth, has had a profound influence on her existence in the world. Because of the female ascriptions to her body, Olympia Bukkakis' mother and her five sisters carry out feminised labour - professions traditionally occupied by women and less valued by society. It is precisely in the example of feminised labour and its lower social esteem that Bukkakis finds interfaces to her own work as a drag performer: in the form of shared vulnerabilities, strengths and resilience strategies. In this way she creates a space for recognition and new ties of feminist solidarity beyond fixed gender, sex and generational boundaries.

          Accessibility Information
          The show has a duration of 60 minutes and uses English spoken language. The stage area is very brightly lit and the show uses stroboscope lightning as well as fog. Loud music is not planned so far. Silence is not mandatory, but the audience is kindly requested not to leave the room during the show. The performance deals with traumas. The information on accessibility will be continuously updated. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

          OLYMPIA BUKKAKIS is a drag and dance artist. In 2009 she started to perform in Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to Berlin in 2012, she has organised various queer performance nights in Berlin, including Get Fucked, Apocalypse Tonight and Queens Against Borders. In 2018, she completed the SODA Master's degree at HZT with her piece Tales From a State of Shemergency. Her piece Gender Euphoria celebrated its premiere at the Sophiensæle within the Tanztage Berlin 2019. Most recently she showed: Work on Progress (HAU), Under Pressures (Gessnerallee, Zurich) and Boys Night Out (Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne).

          CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY Olympia Bukkakis DRAMATURGY Allison Wiltshire STAGE DESIGN, VIDEO Camille Lacadee LIGHT Maika Knoblich SOUND Lyra Pramuk COSTUMES Jay Barry Matthews PRODUCTION Lisa Gehring PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Paul Niedermeyer choreographic assistant Am Ertl

          A production by Olympia Bukkakis in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.