Ania Nowak Golden Gate

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Performance/Dance
February 24 25 26 | 20.00
February 27 | 16.00
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Festsaal
15/10 €

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Golden Gate questions our normative perceptions of loss and mourning. What is queer grief and in what way can it become a collective movement of melancholy and resistance? Drawing from vanitas, baroque aesthetics around transience and death, the work attempts to make space for gestures, voices and the erotics of mourning needed in today´s pandemic reality. For a long time now, collective mourning and its rituals have been disappearing from public space, making loss a private experience of each individual. In addition, as history, eg. the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, has shown us, some deaths are more worthy of grief than others. Given the lack of representation of death in epidemics, pandemics and suicide, Golden Gate attempts to create space for assisting loss in a queer utopia. If in earlier genres, such as Ars Moriendi, the function of art was to educate about death, what rituals can we imagine today to collectively process the experience of grief? The performers Ania Nowak and Frédéric Gies create a queer representation of companionship through losing and letting go. They rehearse each other’s deaths and use this morbid play not only to confront systems of injury aimed at queer and other minorities in the past and today, but mainly to develop new tactics of care and repair.

Ania Nowak’s expanded choreographic practice approaches vulnerability and desire as ways towards reimagining what bodies and language can do. She develops formats such as live and video performance, performative exhibition and text. Nowak’s overall inquiry is into the political dimension of body material and its immaterial aspects -affects, feelings and intuition- to think of new, embodied practices of care and companionship. She is especially interested in the latter when taking into account the unstable, transnational character of our lives and work in the Western world today; experiences of sexuality and sickness, as well as, ethics of pleasure in times of climate and political urgency. Nowak’s works have been presented at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlinische Galerie and Sophiensaele in Berlin; Nowy Teatr, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw; La Casa Encendida in Madrid, BWA Wrocław, the Baltic Triennial at CAC Vilnius and M HKA Antwerp a.o. In 2021 she is Artist-in Residence at Ankara Queer Art in Turkey and Q21 MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. Nowak lives and works in Berlin. www.anianowakanianowak.com

IDEA, TEXT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Ania Nowak CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Frédéric Gies SCULPTURES Pakui Hardware PRODUCTION OF SCULPTURES Atelier Gamil SOUND DESIGN Justyna Stasiowska LIGHT DESIGN Aleksandr Prowaliński COSTUMES Grzegorz Matląg/Wsiura PRODUCTION Micaela Kühn Jara, Magda Garlinska DRAMATURGY Siegmar Zacharias VIDEO Janne Ebel

A production by Ania Nowak in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with the support of Q21 MuseumsQuartier, Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius and Milvus Artistic Research Center. 

Programme
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January 27 28 29 | 20.00
January 30 | 18.00
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music theatre
Festsaal | 15/10 Euro

The Berlin music theatre group Hauen und Stechen presents its version of the opera Salomé. The production, based on an opera by Richard Strauss and a text by Oscar Wilde, alternates between music and dance. It is a film, a journey, a fair and a dance of death all in one.

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Athina Lange + Pawel Aderhold
Whatremainsofme
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January 31 | 19.00
February 01 | 19.00
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The way we perceive our reality is shaped by the language of our senses. But what happens when this fine interplay is disturbed? A search for traces of perception and experience.

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Hendrik Quast
Spill your guts
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February 03 04 05 | 19.30
February 06 | 17.00
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For his latest project, Hendrik Quast learns the art of ventriloquism in order to approach the chronic inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis artistically. In conversation with the disease, new ways of speaking and images of chronic illness emerge, opening up unusual spaces of humor for the ill and healthy audience.

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Nima Séne
auf den weg zu mir / auf den weg zu dir
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February 12 13 14 15 | 21.00
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Hochzeitssaal | 15/10 €

In auf den weg zu mir / auf den weg zu dir, Nima Séne traces the history and lyrical legacy of the poet and activist May Ayim.

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Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Ddanddarakim
History has failed us, but…
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February 13 14 15 16 | 19.00
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Festsaal | 15/10 €

History has failed us, but... deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered - and how are they told?

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Ania Nowak
Golden Gate
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February 24 25 26 | 20.00
February 27 | 16.00
Tickets
Festsaal | 15/10 €

For a long time now, collective mourning and its rituals have been disappearing from public space. Golden Gate questions our normative perceptions of loss and mourning. What is queer grief and in what way can it become a collective movement of melancholy and resistance? 

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Festival
Tanztage Berlin 2022
Tanztage HP mit Text schwarz
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JANUARY 06-22

In tandem with emerging dance artists connected to our city, Tanztage Berlin 2022 continues to examine what keeps us together and tears us apart. After 2021 the festival took place exclusively online, its 31st edition returns as an extended offline and online program. Alongside the last year’s selection of performances, it includes new creations and discourse formats on power, protest, and empowerment. The work presented during Tanztage Berlin 2022 critically navigates the present by reimagining past and future encounters on the dance floor. While dealing with acute problems like power relations, surveillance, disembodiment, or climate change, it tunes into the social body, creating much-needed moments of awareness, connectedness, and self-determination. Unlike the 21st-century billionaire strategy of abandoning earth in a rocket ship or escaping into a parallel virtual universe, the festival chooses instead to stay with the trouble: to celebrate dancing together through the crisis and against despair.

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