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In Performance: Moved by the Motion (Wu Tsang & boychild), Sudden Rise (The Present is Not Enough)

Sudden RiseMoved by the Motion (Wu Tsang & boychild)The Present is Not Enough, HAU1June 28-29 On the curtain of HAU’s proscenium theatre flashes a western archive. Images from a Euro-centric art historical past and present. In the first 30 seconds, we travel over a thousand years in time and find ourselves back in Germany, where Wu Tsang enters the stage to the melodic sounds of Patrick Belago playing the cello. The performance text, which was co-written by and with Fred Moten is spoken with a soft authority. The words are dense but seductive. The type of language that makes you reposition your body to hear more clearly. Visually, Sudden Rise fractures perspectives and casts the theatre into the mirage of shadows. Dark materiality is collaged through time on stage, and the result creat...

In Performance: Mamela Nyamza, Black Privilege (The Present is Not Enough)

Black PrivilegeMamela Nyamza The Present is Not Enough, HAU2June 25-26 From a black void emerges the glimpse of a goddess.  Mamela Nyamza, appears perched on top of a bronze wheeled-staircase. Her own bronzed body in the warm light reflects the gold jewelry that adorns her head, ears, wrists and ankles. A second performer, Sello Pesa, catches the eye only a few seconds later when his cumbersome red and black magisterial robes bunch together as he physically pushes Nyanza’s mobile pedestal.   Black Privilege embodies the dark irony of the title’s contradiction. A saturation of iconographic sonography contrasts Nyanza’s subdued choreography. The resulting performance seduces a gaze only to return the bright bite of a hot sun. We squint while bearing witness to her tragic fall from grace...

In Peformance: Julian Weber’s sight seeing Nov 1-3, 2018 (Berlin)

sight seeing Julian Weber  Performance · Premiere In the frame of Open Spaces#3-2018  Uferstudios Für Zeitgenössischen Tanz, Uferstr. 8/23, 13357 Berlin, Germany 31.10.2018 19:00 Uferstudios 5 01.11.2018 19:00 Uferstudios 5 02.11.2018 19:00 Uferstudios 5 03.11.2018 19:00 Uferstudios 5 Tickets: https://tanzfabrik-berlin.reservix.de/events In »sight seeing« a figure finds itself exposed on a white page, searching for temporary attractions and its own origin of existence. While the page is inhabited by different foldable objects and subjects, they struggle with the concept of definition and glitch from frame to frame. In this way they find themselves sliding back and forth from a theatrical space into a cage, onto a desktop and back into the comic. The fear of invisibility in our digitized wo...

Opportunities: Open Call – Dirty debut (Berlin Germany) Deadline Oct 5, 2018

Dirty debut  # 3 Snickers Deadline: Oct. 5, 2018 Please Applications To apply@dirtydebuet.de Performs: Nov 30, 2018 For the third time, Dirty Debut offers four emerging performance artists a platform to show sketches, unfinished projects, or even dirty works in response to a concrete theme or idea. The performances are then followed by a discussion and a feedback session over a shared meal. Each new edition seeks to use different feedback methods, which is published by Eike Wittrock . The third edition will take place on November 30 th , 2018 at 7 pm in the cafeteria at Sophiensæle . The topic for Dirty Debut # 3 is Snickers . Would you like to make a Dirty debut # 3? Then send a short project proposal to the topic Snickers in German or English (max 2000 characters) and your resume! Perfor...

In Performance: Rudi van der Merwe, Trophée (Tanz im August)

Trophée Rudi van der Merwe Tanz im August, Vierfelderhof August 19-20 The performance space (in this case, a field at the outer edges of the Berlin city limits) becomes a site to be conquered in Rudi van der Merwe’s outdoor Trophée. At one end of the field stands a white picket fence, the audience gathered a short distance behind it. From the faraway trees at the other end of the field, three figures emerge. Their faces are blank, white; they lift their blue hoop skirts to move purposefully, with a regimented directness. Too distant to perceive the details of their actions, all we know for certain is that they are coming closer. Their slow approach instills a visceral unease (augmented by the ominous soundscape, performed live by Béatrice Graf). When we first arrived, the picket fence mere...

Open Call 2018 Berlin Performing Arts Festival – Deadline January 22, 2018

Open Call 2018 Berlin Performing Arts Festival Deadline January 22, 2018 Apply Online (In German)–> LAFT Berlin invites all professional Berlin-based artists, groups and performance venues of the independent performing arts community to participate in shaping the schedule of programming by offering their productions and events as part of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival! The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is a city-wide festival of Berlin’s independent performing arts community with the participation of the independent performance venues, groups and artists. The community is responsible for the festival artistically and organizationally. The 2018 Berlin Performing Arts Festival will take place from June 5 (opening)  to 10, 2018. The festival team provides comprehensive support...

In Performance: Trajal Harrell, Caen Amour (Tanz im August)

Caen Amour Trajal Harrell Tanz im August, HAU2 August 17-19 “Hoochie in the front, koochie in the back,” explains the chipper woman who takes the stage early in Caen Amour to walk us through the performance. She is referring to the hoochie-koochie show, a pastiche of so-called “oriental” and “exotic” dance styles that emerged in the U.S. in the early twentieth century, which provides the framework for Trajal Harrell’s piece. Her statement also playfully introduces us to the performance’s bifurcated playing area, created by a flat backdrop (with one doorway and a shadow-play window) cutting across the middle of the space. On one side is the show proper: dancers enter through the doorway, shake and strut their way across the stage, and make a tantalizing exit on the other side of the wall. O...

Opportunities: Open Call for 12-Channel-Compositions (Berlin)

Open Call for 12-Channel-Compositions USAP PERFORMANCES @ C60/COLLABORATORIUM BERLIN URBAN SOLAR AUDIO PLANT (USAP) is a solar powered, WiFi controlled, multichannel sound system for public spaces. 12 loudspeaker columns transform suitable urban landscapes into unique acoustic environments and „listening parks“. In June 2014 USAP will be presented for the first time in Berlin. Multichannel audio works and Soundscapes will be performed at different locations. Composers of the world are invited to submit own electro-acoustic-multichannel works for our unique system. There are no thematical restrictions. Please send a short audio abstract (stereo) until March 15, 2014 to: info@u-s-a-p.org Accepted canditates will be informed until March 30, 2014. The final compositions have to be available un...

First Person: A New English Theatre of Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

A bomb goes off, a telephone rings in the darkness, the lights flicker, and a thin tract of stage slowly reveals the actors standing dreamily at a hotel’s front desk. But this is no ordinary stage, and it is no ordinary theatre. The world of Hotel Methuselah is a reflection, a refraction, and a hinting at a world that lives somewhere between theatre and film. The stage is a narrow 6-meter long slit — a seriously wide widescreen — allowing us glimpses of actors below the neck and above the knee. Around them, a lush and well-crafted film offers us our only look at their faces, or hands, or whatever else the directors want us to see, while hinting back to lush noir films, French New Wave, and even some old Stan Brakhage. It is not always successful at merging the worlds of T...

In Performance: Dancers @ Banhoff Zoo (Berlin, Germany)

X-Choreografen 22. + 23. + 24., August 2012, 19:00 – 23:00 h Treffpunkt: Maison de France, Kurfürstendamm 211, 10719 Berlin Berlin is changing. (insert cry of distress) With construction fences cropping up around the last bombed-out lots, hordes of EasyJetsetters crowding the streets, and GEMA fees threatening to flush out our favourite off-the-grid hangouts, the city’s rough and sexy reputation is dangerously on the line. Everybody. Panic. Now. Now stop panicking. Berlin knows change, and, chances are, it’ll take it in stride just as it has for the last, oh, century or so. Prime example is the district around Bahnhof Zoo. From bad boy Kiez of Christiane F. fame to posh shopping district to construction site, the area around Ku’damm is no stranger to change. This yearR...

In Performance: Reading Of The Graphic Novel, Berlin — Geteilte Stadt (Berlin)

  (English)Today isn’t just any ordinary Monday—it’s also the 51st anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall. To mark the sombre occasion, Mitte’s newest bookstore (that’s “not just a bookstore”), ocelot, has invited the author-illustrators of “Berlin — Geteilte Stadt” for a presentation and reading. The newly published documentary graphic novel uses the comic book format to creatively tell stories of everyday life in a divided city. (German) Heute ist nicht einfach irgendein Montag, heute ist der 51. Jahrestag des Mauerbaus. Zum Gedenken an dieses düstere Kapitel deutsch-deutscher Geschichte hat die Buchhandlung ocelot in Mitte (Slogan: „not just another bookstore”) die beiden Autoren und Illustratoren des dokumentarischen Comi...

In Performance: Piano Battle at Sophiensaele (Berlin)

Piano Battle Andreas Kern Vs. Paul Cibis AUGUST 11 2012 20:00 UHR Ort Festaal TICKETS The next time you deign to think yourself cooler than the next person, think again. Our world runs on the brainpower and talent of the classically uncool. While we’re sleeping off our hangovers, brigades of unappreciated geeky folk are busily honing skills the cooler kids don’t know the first thing about. Behind every smartphone we hold, piece of designer clothing we wear, and genius piece of music on our playlist is an expert nerd with such passion, dedication, and intellectual capacity it makes our mediocrity look everything but cool. It’s a geek-eat-geek world in the upper strata of the highly skilled and brilliant. And when two such class acts meet, us commoners better take cover and...