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In Performance: The Blanket Dance (Berlin, Germany)

PREMIERE of The Blanket Dance in BERLIN
HAU3, Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
17+18+19 March

©Ivo Hofste

The Blanket Dance

by Frédéric Gies, Jefta van Dinther and DD Dorvillier

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. – Oscar Wilde

We’ve made this dance for you to see it. As we make our rounds along the periphery of the space nothing is left untouched. The lights, our bodies, the sound, you, the objects, are all mutually affected. The Blanket Dance addresses a proliferating curiosity about touch, and about how form itself can be content. We see how the reach of touching produces a movement, and how this movement reveals unexpected affinities, images, and meanings. In The Blanket Dance touch behaves and misbehaves, in making sense and non-sense. We see how it animates the inanimate and turns the most concrete things into the softest of matters.

Choreography and Dance: Frédéric Gies, Jefta van Dinther and DD Dorvillier
Music and Sound Score: Jonathan Bepler and Daniel Jenatsch
Lighting Design: Minna Tiikkainen
Technical Director: Ruth Waldeyer
Production Management: Christian Modersbach
The Blanket Dance is a production by Frédéric Gies, Jefta van Dinther / Sure Basic and DD Dorvillier / human future dance corps | Co-produced by Frascati Productions / Amsterdam, HAU / Berlin, Tanzquartier / Wien | Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds / Berlin | Residence at CNDC / Angers | With the support of fabrik / Potsdam – Tanzplan Potsdam: Artists-in-Residence
Thanks to Robert Steijn, Kristine Slettevold, Naiara Mendioroz Azkarate, Sabine Prokhoris, Simon Hecquet and Ulrike Melzwig.



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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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