July 12 | 8 PM | Artist Talk in German sign language (DGS) with translation into German spoken language
Registration starts here on June 18.
In his latest work, the dancer, actor and performer Jan Kress deals with the process of swallowing. Who swallows and why? What do we swallow just like that and what has to be swallowed? Who makes the decisions about it? What do we want to swallow and what not? When does swallowing become choking? With a focus on intensive bodywork, Jan Kress develops his own artistic language that combines sign language and dance. swallow swallow was created following a research residency of the network project Making a Difference at Sophiensæle and is also Jan Kress' first full-length solo.
Making a Difference is dedicated to building a self-empowered community of disabled and deaf artists within the Berlin dance scene. This network includes SOPHIENSÆLE, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Uferstudios, tanzfähig, Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin, TanzZeit, Diversity Arts Culture and Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin.
JAN KRESS, *1980 in Offenbach, is an actor, dancer and performer. He has been living in Berlin since 2008. He gained notoriety in 2014 through the play bodieSLANGu-age by The Progressive Wave. At the theater festival Clin d'oeil in Reims/France, he was awarded the prize "Best International Actor" for the short film Jenseits von Worten by Oscar Lauterbach in 2015. At the Deutsches Gehörlosentheater, he appeared in Diener zweier Herren in 2016/18 and in Die Hauptsache in 2019. In 2019, together with Rita Mazza, Steve Stymest and Athina Lange, he will present FOUR. A visual musical in sign language at Sophiensælen Berlin, and in 2020 and 2021 he will be artist in residence there. In 2020 he founded the group fauXpas with Sophia Barthelmes and Wille F. Zante and led the workshop Flash den Mob for deaf and hearing youth at Parkaue Berlin. He is currently working at the RambaZamba Theater in the play Der Golem. Jan Kress works at FELD - Theater für junges Publikum on the inclusive design of the program and various projects.
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Jan Kress SOUNDDESIGN Tim Schwerdter CHOREOGRAPHIC EDIT Gabriel Galindez Cruz OUTSIDE EYE Jolika Sudermann van den Berg CAMERA, FILM Alexander Lony, Vanessa Nicette PHOTO Vanessa Nicette THANKS TO Sophia Barthelmes.
A production by Jan Kress in co-production with Making a Difference: SOPHIENSÆLE, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Uferstudios, tanzfähig, Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin, TanzZeit, Diversity Arts Culture and Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin. Supported by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, co-financing fund. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.