In Question of Belief, choreographer Kareth Schaffer addresses the demons of today’s world: Between actionism and laziness, distraction and apathy, the performers Mădălina Dan and Manon Parent fight their way through stage designer Dan Lancea's inflating stage landscape. Between potato chip-fueled fantasies of world and self-improvement, smartphone-induced contactless impro or a lethargic yawning contest, rage suddenly erupts from the dancers - until the next moment of distraction. To the subtle synthesizer rhythms of sound designer Jean P'ark, a demonology of the contemporary unfolds, exploring the multiple bodily constitutions into which we are placed in the name of different belief systems. At the same time, the piece creates a space of experience for the wonders that have always been possible even beyond spiritual asceticism and the Work-Hard-paradigm.
After the premiere of Question of Belief had to take place online in April 2021 due to the pandemic, the dance performance can now be seen live in the Sophiensaele for the first time.
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The piece lasts about 1 hour. It uses minimal English spoken language with German subtitles. However, one doesn't need to understand the spoken or written text for comprehension of the piece. At times the performers voices are quite loud and shrill. The audience area is rather dark and there will be one black out. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. 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 specific seating of any other kind, please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to show time and approach our evening staff.
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KARETH SCHAFFER is a choreographer and performer living and working in Berlin, Germany. She practices an expanded concept of choreography: so far, her dance pieces have examined prophecies, mud wrestling, thrillers, synchronized swimming, Foley, Angela Merkel, emojis, ancient monastic practices, and conversational formats. Her work has been shown in Berlin (Sophiensæle, Tanzfabrik, HAU, Uferstudios, Ballhaus Ost), Amsterdam (Het Veemtheater), Düsseldorf (tanzhaus NRW), Essen (PACT Zollverein), Malmö, Hamburg (Kampnagel), Denpasar (CushCush Gallery) and Mexico City. Kareth Schaffer was awarded "New Talent 2016" by Jahrbuch Tanz and nominated "Dancer of the Year 2018". She was also awarded the 2018 Pina Bausch Fellowship in cooperation with the Mekar Bhuana Center in Denpasar, Bali. Schaffer enjoys working with and for other artists* such as deufert&plischke, Tino Sehgal, Stefanie Wenner, Yvon Chabrowski, Christian Falsnaes, Tomomi Adachi, Dragana Bulut, and Barbara Berti.
ARTISTIC DIRECTION, CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT, CHOREOGRAPHY Kareth Schaffer PERFORMANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY Mădălina Dan, Manon Parent SOUNDDESIGN Jean P'ark STAGE Dan Lancea COSTUME Lauren Steel LIGHTING Elliott Cennetoglu PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT M.i.C.A. - Movement in Contemporary Art WITH THANKS TO Joseph Wegmann and Michael Ludwig Tsouloukidse
A production by Kareth Schaffer in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.