- Cilgia Carla Gadola
- Alexandra Hennig
- Gabi Beier
- Yaron Maïm
- Nina Burkhardt
- Johanna Ryynänen
- Concept, choreography and performance
- Maque Pereyra
- Concept, choreography, performance, costume and scenography
- Björn Ivan Ekemark
- Sound design
- Mars Dietz
- Dramaturgical advice
- Verena Melgarejo Weinandt
- Concept, choreography and performance
- Caroline Alexander
- Layton Lachmann
- Sound design
- Fjóla Gautadóttir
- Light concept
- Imogen Heath
Yaron Maïm: SISSY SYMMETRY
„SISSY SYMMETRY“ is a live-drawing and -looping solo performance by Yaron Maïm. The site-specific durational 2-hour piece happens at dusk outside, as the natural light emphasizes the reality of the passing time. Maïm uses loops to create never-ending amplified drawing sounds and geometry for repetitive patterns on different scales. While they uses their body as a tool of measurement to orientate themself on the drawing surface, they produces continuous actions that lead to exhaustion, and challenge physical and mental endurance.
Yaron Maïm’s practice spans playful language (French/English), drawing techniques, and alternative systems of art production and distribution. As a Berlin-based visual artist and performer, they writes stories that go beyond the binary of things (cyber/real, male/female, poor/rich). They worked with Okwui Okpokwasili (Berlin Biennale, 2018) and with Angélica Liddell (Odéon Paris, 2015). With a background in education, they has an MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship (Inter-University Centre for Dance, Berlin, 2018) and an MA in Visual Arts (University of Art & Design, Geneva, 2012).
Nina Burkhardt & Johanna Ryynänen: HABIT ANIMALS
This is the safe place, the escape from the reality.
In a society where everything has to be harder, better, faster and stronger – full of innovation and surprise– we are inviting you into our cave of habits and routines, where you will not find any unexpected actions. What exists inside is the comfort of predictability and the satisfaction of always knowing what comes next. We are creating one of these movies, that you have seen a million times. The typical plot, nothing new or original. You know how the story starts, continues and ends. What you expect to happen, will happen.
Right after graduating from her contemporary dance education at Tanzakademie balance1 in Berlin, Nina Burkhardt was part of the TANZTAGE BERLIN. She opened the festival in January 2019 with the premiere of her piece “The Idea of Satisfaction”. In addition to that, she is interested in further education, works on her own projects and collaborates regularly with other artists and dancers for various projects. She works on the photo project naked_pink_, which aims to give women* a more positive body image. In 2017 she founded the collective UGG (UglyGirlGang) which is always involved in her art projects.
Johanna Ryynänen was born in Lieksa, Finland. She graduated in 2018 from Tanzakademie balance1, Berlin. In 2018 she featured as an actor/dancer in the music video ”Used to be in love” by Jungle Giants, directed by Schall und Schnabel. Later in the year she worked as a dancer with the Berlin-based dance and performance company INNER for the production ”Erdbeertage” choreographed by Marlene Naumann, performed at Frieda-Frauenzentrum e.V., Berlin. She is interested in crossing multiple forms of art and performance together, creating interdisciplinary works within the contemporary art field.
Maque Pereyra: Solar Threshold
“Solar Threshold” fosters the idea of pleasure, sensuality and spirituality as tools for decolonizing bodies. The vibrations of the voice create a temple of sounds and movement intending to trigger a communion between the physical and the energetic bodies.
The piece interweaves ritual chanting with reggaeton to generate liminal spaces where new bodies/entities/identities appear.
Maque Pereyra is a Berlin-based artist, performer, DJ, dancer and spiritual activist. In 2018 she finished the MA SoDA program at HZT. A DAAD scholarship in the field of performing arts was granted to her from 2016 until 2018. In her home country, Bolivia, she obtained a BA degree in Psychology in 2014. Her work held various prizes and was shown in different festivals and venues internationally. She is currently invested in spreading the practice of Yoggaton which is a movement practice she developed, that aims to work at a physical, spiritual, mental and emotional level.
Mars Dietz is a fourth generation Brooklynite who writes, lectures, performs, and creates sound works. Mars has created and shown work at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon, ABC No Rio in New York, and the Performing Arts Festival in Berlin, Germany among other places. Mars also performs as a DJ under the name Sapphic Faggot, and works as an artist assistant and dramaturg in Berlin and New York. They have an Associate’s degree in Humanities from Bard College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Verena Melgarejo Weinandt is a German Bolivian artist, curator, activist and researcher. In her curatorial projects, she has dealt, among other things, with criticism of colonial collection and exhibition practices, including at the World Museum Vienna, and with the work of the Chicana Author, theorist and artist Gloria Anzaldúa. Since December 2018 she has been a Research Assistant at the Graduiertenkolleg “Das Wissen der Künste” (“The Knowledge of the Arts”) at the UdK Berlin. She is a member of various political networks such as the Großes Schiff association. In 2014 she founded the collective TRENZA.
Björn Ivan Ekemark: Low Maintenance
Picture this...A visceral scene from a psychological thriller: the light intensifies and glistens on the tears of unhinged individuals. Subwoofers boom as they encourage each other to speak, to dance, to listen, to fake it, to keep going, not to stop, to finish each other’s sentences with a kiss – but just one. Picture this…A flipping of the image, a turning inside-out, a capturing of all that is ugly or scary because it is no different than all that is beautiful and tender. “Low Maintenance” takes a psychological deep dive into the polarities of emotional unavailability and extreme co-dependence.
Björn Ivan Ekemark recently graduated with a BA at HZT Berlin. In the last years he has created “Salon” with Ewa Dzianowska, “NFAT” (Neurotic Faggots Arranging Things) with Alistair Watts, as well as performing with Peter Pleyer, Dewey Dell, Hodworks.
Layton Lachman is a Berlin-based artist, researching in the realm of somatics. They is often working with methods of utilizing these experiential practices in the creation of immersive worlds of sensorial complexity and perceptual disorientation.
Caroline Alexander received her BA degree in Performance Studies from the UCB California. She has performed with Fogs Beast Dance, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Peter Pleyer, Alexandra Pirici and Joe Goode. For the past three years she has been living, working developing her own work in Berlin.
Alumni.Tanz.Berlin is funded by spartenoffene Förderung of the Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.