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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 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...

Apply Today: atelier:performance Open Call For Performance Artists (Germany)

Concept: The atelier:performance series was developed, to create a space for performance art without borders. The studio of Ilka Theurich opens their doors for Live Art & Performance Artists who are traveling through Germany and passing Hannover – uncomplicated, easy and spontaneously. This series is based on the idea of sharing. Offer: a 50 square meter art studio, with white walls and a glass roof marketing/press and public relations photo documentation accommodation (one till two nights) catering (breakfast and a warm meal) Apply by sending a short mail that includes: possible date of arrival (if you know it already) a short idea of what you will do or how you will work at the studio a CV //  contact information // link to your website 3 images of your work (for press and publ...

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...

Digest: News for the week of October 5-10, 2009

Featured: John Jesurun (NYC, USA) October 5th, 2009 JOHN JESURUN is a playwright, director, designer living in New York. His presentations integrate elements of language, film, architectural space and media. His exploded narratives cover a wide range of themes. [singlepic id=187 w= h= float=] —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— In Performance: Creature Feature #3 (Berlin, Germany) October 6th, 2009 We propose that performing otherness is a threshold tow...