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Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl:
U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik

Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl: U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik
Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl:
U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik
Dance, Performance, Music
Duration: 1h
English – partly in German, Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian
10€/15€

02.05.: After the show U.F.O. LP launch & artist talk

03.05.: After the show U.F.O. Artist talk Voice-work, Care-Work with Bojana Kunst, Mateusz Szymanówka, Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl

04.05.: After the show artist talk with Katalin Ladik, Kata Krasznahorkai, Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl

05.05.: 12:00–15:00: Workshop mit Katalin Ladik / Workshop with Katalin Ladik

The Hungarian-Serbian poet and performer Katalin Ladik is considered the “Yoko Ono of the Balkans” and a pioneer of noise and performance art in Southeastern Europe: With the “SoundBodyPoetry” of her radical body art performance UFO Party from 1969, she shook the artistic scene at the time and developed methods of experimental voice work and physical performance in the 1970s.

In their collaboration, German sound dancer Jule Flierl and Slovenian choreo-vocalist Irena Z. Tomažin celebrate their shared interest in Ladik's artistic position: a homage that blurs the boundaries between poetry, dance and experimental voice work; while continuing the two artists' own research into the physical experience of language and the articulation of different layers of the voice.

The duet U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik received the award of the expert jury for the best performance of Gibanica Festival (Slovenia), 2023 and has toured to Brussels, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Belgrade, Salzburg, Vitlycke and Skopje.

To mark this iteration of U.F.O., the artists are releasing the LP U.F.O., which will be presented after the premiere. On May 4 Katalin Ladik herself will be present for a panel and will give insights into her practice in a workshop on May 5. Another panel with Bojana Kunst on May 3, Mateusz Szymanówka, Irena Z. Tomažin and Jule Flierl will be dedicated to the topic of Voice-work, Care-Work.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact the communikation team at barrierefreiheit@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at ticketing@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).

 

Duration

  • 60 Minutes


Language

  • English spoken language
  • Partly in German, Serbian, Slovenian and Hungarian spoken language. It is not necessary to speak these languages to understand the piece.


Light

  • The lighting situation is very dark at the beginning and then slowly becomes brighter. There are light reflections that can be dazzling.


Sound

  • Different sounds come from different directions.


Audience area

  • Seated grandstand
  • 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
  • 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability


Early boarding

If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.


Tickets

  • Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
  • Via the online ticket shop
  • At the box office

 

You can also find more information about accessibility here.

Concept, choreography, performance: Irena Z. Tomažin, Jule Flierl
Light: Gretchen Blegen
Sound: Nicola Ratti, Tomaž Grom
Costume: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Historic advisor, dramaturgy: Kata Kasznahorkai
Assistance: Sharón Nogales Mercado
Production: Alexandra Wellensiek, Zavod Sploh, Spela Trošt

A production by Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl in coproduction with Sophiensæle, Zavod Sploh (Ljubljana), CharleroiDanse (Brussels), PACT Zollverein (Essen), City of Women Festival (Ljubljana). Coproduced by apap – FEMINIST FUTURES, a project cofinanced by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the HKF-Wiederaufnahmefonds. With support from SKICA Berlin – Slowenisches Kulturzentrum Berlin. Media partners: Siegessäule, taz.

Irena Z. Tomažin is a dancer, experimental singer and philosopher who works in the experimental dance and music context. Her work has been analyzed by Bojana Kunst (The Voice of the Dancer) and Sophie Herr (Geste de la voix et théatre du corps), among others, while her writings on voice philosophy have been published in various art publications. Tomažin has already released three albums, Crying Games, Taste of Silence and Lump in the Throat. Her work is a consistent exploration of the non-linguistic voice as a medium in physical performances. She has worked with Janez Janša, Tino Seghal, Mala Kline, Christian Kesten and Josephine Evrad, among others. Tomažin teaches at the workshop series The World is Sound in Berlin.

Jule Flierl is a dance and voice artist from Berlin. She develops choreographies that understand the voice as part of dance and translate movement into the auditory realm, unsettling the relationship between seeing and hearing. She revives the legacy of Valeska Gert, an avant-garde dancer from Berlin in the 1920s, who was the first to coin the term “TonTanz”: Dancing with the voice. She collaborates in various formats with choreographer Antonia Baehr and TonTanz artist Irena Z. Tomažin. 2023 saw the premiere of the quartet Time out of Joint, which deals with the voice as a battleground for political representation.

  • Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl: U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik
    © Dieter Hartwig
  • Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl: U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik
    © Dieter Hartwig
  • Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl: U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik
    © Dieter Hartwig
  • Irena Z. Tomažin & Jule Flierl: U.F.O. – Hommage to Katalin Ladik
    © Dieter Hartwig
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