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.
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.
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.
We would like to invite you to the first online showing happening in the frame of the residency program New Techniques at Sophiensæle. On December 17th, Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld will share some of their ongoing creative research around the topic of queer hospice in the form of video scores, followed by a conversation with Mateusz Szymanówka, dance dramaturge at Sophiensæle.
How will we take care of each other as non-blood-related family? What do we require as queer people to ensure that we will be able to provide the end-of-life care that we envision? How can artistic research become a life-long commitment explored in different forms and iterations? During their residency at Sophiensæle Rodrigo Alves Garcia and Liz Rosenfeld met with figures who work with death in both pragmatic and creative ways: a palliative doctor, a death doula, a choir director, a bondage expert and a tattoo healer, among others. Together they deepened the knowledge around dying and queer care, creating choreographic scores, video works and auto-discursive writing dealing with questions of intimacy, asking how queer kin can continue to hold space for each other politically, artistically, architecturally and emotionally as they prepare for their hospice. In their residency, they had the privilege to spend studio time with Colin Self, Maja Zimmermann, Fercha Pombo, Andre Neely, Imogen Heath, Christian Küllmei and Dasnyia Sommer.
With the residency program NEW TECHNIQUES Sophiensæle wants to support dance makers who have not yet benefited from structural support. Until the end of 2021, one choreographer per half-year will participate in the residency for one month with their artistic team. In November/December 2020 Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld will explore questions of queer care; in March 2021 Tiran Willemse Normanson will research the connection between race, gender and melancholia; and in November 2021 Angela Alves will work around the topic of pleasure and visualization. Sophiensæle is among nine Berlin production houses participating in the pilot project Residency Funding Dance of the Berlin's Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Liz Rosenfeld (b.1979, USA/DE) is a Berlin based artist who works in film/video, performance, and personal discursive writing practice. Liz explores the sustainability of emotional and political ecologies, cruising methodologies, and both past and future histories related to the ways in which memory is queered. Liz's work approaches flesh as a non-binary collaborative material, specifically focusing on the potentiality of physical abundance and excess, approaching questions regarding the responsibility and privilege of taking up space. Departing from the personal, Liz's writing is rooted in questions that contend with how queer ontologies are rooted in both political and personal variant hypocritical desire(s). Liz is one of the members of Berlin based film collective nowMomentnow. Her films are represented by Video Data Bank and LUX Moving Image.
Rodrigo Garcia Alves (b.1983, BR/DE) is a Berlin based choreographer, performance artist, and curator. Since 2005 he has developed solos and collaborative works exploring topics such as: creative translation (transcreation), queer affects, and decolonial discourses. Studio Disorder is a platform he created in 2013 which is thought of as a place of exchange for visual and performing artists with an experimental and political approach to art making.He studied Solo Dance Authorship at HZT Berlin.
WITH Rodrigo Garcia Alves, Liz Rosenfeld In conversation with Mateusz Szymanówka
The residency program NEW TECHNIQUES is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe as part of the pilot project Residenzförderung Tanz.
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