Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25
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Start: Zur letzten Instanz (Waisenstraße 14-16, 10179 Berlin)
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Cranky Bodies a/company:
Terrestrial transit - kick off

CRANKY~4
Cranky Bodies a/company:
Terrestrial transit - kick off
Dance/Discourse
in English

The shows will be photographed and filmed and the audience might be clearly recognizable on the photos and video.

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit deals with the activist practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining importance again in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes. Drawing on the artistic and autobiographical experiences of its ensemble members, the project refers primarily to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before 1989 - and asks about their significance today.

While the first evening of the kick-off in the Sophiensælen will focus on questions about current queer-feminist protests and their relation to history, the second evening will deal primarily with the critical potential of withdrawal and subtle moments of withdrawal: conversations, improvisation, dance and music, autobiographical memories and historical events flow into each other and thus form the starting point for a search for traces of political protest in Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art, for alternative forms of participation and resistance.

The kick-off weekend marks the beginning of a choreographic journey from Berlin via Ponderosa/Stolzenhagen via Szczecin to the Baltic Sea, which will be documented by filmmaker Stella Horta in the form of a cinematic diary. A final performative audiovisual installation will take place in October at DOCK 11 in Berlin.

GUESTS JUNE 03 Katarzyna Sitarz, Joanna Leśnierowska
GUEST JUNE 04 Boglárka Börcsök

PLEASE NOTE: THE SOPHIENSÆLE ELEVATOR IS CURRENTLY OUT OF ORDER. THE FESTSAAL CAN ONLY BE REACHED VIA THE STAIRS.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that the accessibility information is subject to possible changes.

The event lasts about 3 hours including intermissions and consists of performances, talks, video works, lectures and more. The primary language is spoken English. Seating options are chairs, cushions and beanbags. The beanbags as well as two wheelchair spaces can be reserved by phone or purchased at our online ticket store 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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ARTISTIC DIRECTION Peter Pleyer, Michiel Keuper PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Madga Garlinska COSTUME, SET Michiel Keuper ASSISTANCE COSTUME Juliane Länglin FILM Stella Horta VIDEO Victoria Martínez (in collaboration with Stella Horta)SOUND/MUSIC Marc Lohr DRAMATURGY Jette Büchsenschütz DRAMATURGY, SCIENTIFIC ACCOMMODATION Kirsten Maar DANCE/PERFORMANCE Eszter Gál, Marysia Stokłosa, Aleksandra Borys, Mor Demer, Bjørn Ivan Ekemark/ Ivanka Tramp, Caroline Neill Alexander, Ka Rustler GUESTS Joanna Leśnierowska a. o. 

A production by Cranky Bodies a/company in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of DOCKART. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.

In August 2020, Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper founded the dance company CRANKY BODIES A/COMPANY with the support of DOCK11/EDEN. Based on their long-standing collaboration, which dates back to their student days in Arnhem (NL), their projects combine Peter's choreographic work and Michiel's visual compositions, including costume and spatial design and photography. Over the years, they have assembled a group of international performers and artists who collaborate with them in projects such as the HKF-funded ensemble works visible undercurrent (2014) and cranky bodies dance reset (2017), as well as the ongoing Berlin-Polish exchange project moving the mirror (from 2016).

  • CRANKY~4
    © Michiel Keuper
  • CRANKY~1
    © Michiel Keuper
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