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Berlin has a vivid scene of performing and dancing artists who work in various forms and at diverse places – here are just two of many projects established in the city. Local artists and institutions working in these fields need a proper and reliable support and not just promises – but of course it must not come along with the destruction of other successful and popular venues in the city. 

These are photos of the artist Stella Geppert and dancers inside her work «Hieroglyph Ceiling» from 2015/2016. This year she developed a performative artwork with the title «10 Scores for a Sculpture» based on it which will have its world premiere at 30th of August 2017 in the exhibition space of Haus am Lützowplatz which is the oldest art society of Berlin. These photos are from the final rehearsals earlier this week. ⠀
Stella Geppert’s work has ever since been a practice which connects performative concepts with installations and drawings. It is therefore consequent that she takes her work to the next level now and researches about spatial phenomena through the communicative and social behaviour of the human body to make collective action visible. ⠀
For «10 Scores for a Sculpture» all dancers wear a special sort of head antennae which constists of pipes attached to their heads and have a piece of charcoal at their end. With the help of these tactile sort of «communication organs» and body-expanding dance prostheses the team members explore the limitations of the physical «white space» and the given framework which both form the environment for the whole setting. So the description «framework» for her sculpture which is built as a walk-in space is taken literally in this performance. ⠀
Through these actions the word «score» unfolds its double meaning: It signifies the trace the bodies leave via the transmitting coal on the white wall and the subtle sounds emitted during the performance which refer to the acustic potential of the word, as scores are used as a way of musical notations. ⠀
As the movements are improvised we can be curious which data excactly will be collected in this unique form of human media art at its first official release by her and the accompanying professional dancers Jan Burkhardt, Lukas Geschwind, Kathleen Heil, Michelle Lui and Hilla Steinert. •

The last weeks special modern dance events took place in Berlin: Directly after the festival «Tanz im August» the Berlin dance biennial «Tanznacht Berlin» which is happening again next year scheduled its interim year event «Tanznacht-Forum» under the subtitle «unsettled landscape» at the off-space Tanzfabrik Berlin. ⠀
The two-part platform started with a series of talks on contemporary aesthetics in dance and was followed by an eveing of encounters in dance, music and words. The fashionable term «lecture performance» fits perfectly to the concept by Berlin Art Prize winner of the year 2015 Julian Weber: The dancers Oliver Connew, Lisanne Goodhue, Renen Itzhaki, Katharina Meves, Antonia Steffens and Peter Pleyer questioned what is moving them and presented themselves as well as their biographies in solos of movement and language. ⠀
Dressed with active sportswear outfits they questioned for example how theatre instructions differ from instructions of everyday life and gave the answers also through their dancing bodies to the live music performed by Brendan Dougherty and Martin Hiendl on their electric devices and on the piano. ⠀
Also regional differences were a topic as a lot of the performers have flocked over the last years to Berlin from Germany and abroad to work in the contemporary dance field. ⠀
Some of the participants also questioned the ongoing practice of questioning itself by stating that there are indeed answers. ⠀
Tanzfabrik Berlin as an internationally known centre for contemporary dance proves that Berlin already has effective self established structures for dancers and choreographers which have earned every form of support. There is definitely no need to give up or even destroy other successfull venues in the city to allegedly foster a vivid local dance scene. ⠀
Or as it was stated by one of the participants: «Commitment to something that isn’t happening is a barrier between you and your body.» • ⠀⠀

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