Dear Dance Fans,
I hope this finds You thriving! In these uncertain times, all the following information is בעזרת Corona, as we say, or subject to the whims of the universe.
First off, this coming weekend, November 19-21, is the glorious Body IQ Festival at Somatische Akademie Berlin and environs. There are still tickets available to the whole festival, and the program looks amazing. The festival is attempting to tackle ambitious questions about the complex role of somatics and body-based practices in social, political, and ecological transformation.
Then, a mere WEEK LATER (how does he do it?), i am thrilled to be presenting the LIVE Premiere of the solo Alles Vergängliche at Dock11 Berlin, made (and shown online at Tanzfabrik’s Open Spaces) earlier in the year. Join me November 25-28 at 19:00 as i attempt to dance the uncertainty of the times to Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony, and play with the news of the day (each show will be different). I am very excited indeed, as this is probably my first presentation of live stage choreography in Berlin in about 10 years (!).
Please note, both events are 2G (recovered or fully vaxxed).
So, listen, in December, barring Zombie Aplocalypse and/or Pandemic Pandemonium, the plan is currently to teach a weekend workshop on The Desire of the Space Between at motionlab cologne, December 10-12. Check out the motionlab website or contact them closer to the date to get the newest latest on those plans!
Finally, very happy to report that i was recently awarded a four-month research grant (Initial-Stipendium) from the Akademie der Künste to start work on the NEW solo, which will most likely celebrate its premiere in the fall next year, and will definitely be by far the most JEWISH piece to date! Stay tuned.
Sending love, stay healthy, and stay in touch!
Dear Dance Fans!
I hope this finds You joyful. Here in Berlin, we have now become one big sidewalk restaurant. It’s nice to see everyone out and about (and showing off, as it is Berlin), and also very surreal. And all of a sudden, THINGS! Are HAPPENING! In my favorite parallel universe, the Contemporary Dance World.
I will try to keep it as short as possible, but may fail.
First off, Throwback Thursday: Late mazel tov and shoutout to the se+iest performance duo since Marina & Ulay, Lucy Wilke & Paweł Dudus, on the success of their production Scores That Shaped Our Friendship, which was invited to the Deutsches Theatertreffen last month, which means they are now officially one of the 10 BEST PERFORMANCES of the past year. And before You say, David, since when do You consider institutional acclaim to be the indicator of artistic quality?, i say to You: WHENEVER IT COINCIDES WITH MY OWN OPINION! Full disclosure: i worked on this piece as an outside eye with Paweł and Lucy in Munich last year, but only for a few days. I will take credit for having introduced them to each other, though ;)
Just saw that the piece is actually still available online, but only until tomorrow (June 11), so check it out!
From TODAY, June 10 until June 23, my solo performance Alles Vergängliche, to Gustav Mahler’s 8th symphony and the daily news, will be streaming again online as part of Tanzfabrik Berlin’s Open Spaces series. Since the performance was from February, not all the daily news is completely current anymore, but if You missed it, just watch it now as a period piece!
Next week and the week after, Tuesday to Thursday, June 15-17 and 22-24, 10:30-12:00 (Vienna time) all days, i will be giving the online morning classes at Tanzquartier Vienna, Finding the Most Open Question. Join me quickly before online classes go completely out of fashion!
July 20 & 21, at LAKE Studios Berlin’s SUBMERGE Festival, i am super excited be offering the workshop “But I could never do THAT in a Piece!” – Choreography as an Active & Receptive Practice from 10:00-16:00 both days. Based on the process leading to the solo Alles Vergängliche, we will consider the Desires that arise while making work. Where do they come from? What do we do with them? Are they friends? Allies? Enemies? Lovers?
The workshop is aimed at anyone who has ever had doubts about their choices while making work, and is DONATION-BASED (Thank You, Marcela, LAKE Studios, and the city of Berlin!). Apply by filling out the registration form here, and sending your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also at SUBMERGE: After the workshop, i will be showing the piece, Alles Vergängliche, LIVE, and updated with the current daily news, on July 24, at 20:00, sharing a performance evening with Saida Makhmudzade.
The day after the performance, i jump on the S-Bahn and head on over to IKSK Berlin (Institut für Körperforschung und Se+uelle Kultur – Institute for Body Politics and Se+ual Culture), where i am very happy to be facilitating a little workshop on Sensual Somatics as part of their Summer Festival Program on Sunday, July 25, at 13:30. (the festival runs Friday-Sunday, July 23-25)
From July 28-August 1 at the Kulturforum in Fürth, choreographer Barbara Bess is organizing Inner Landscapes – a Somatic Performance Lab. Barbara has been doing important artistic work in that region since we graduated from the M.A. Choreography course here in Berlin together, over 10 years ago (!), and i’m very happy to be joining her and the excellent Body-Mind-Centering teacher (who is also a doctor, and all-around lovely person) Christian Meier, for 5 days of exploration, fermentation, and fun times in the Kulturforum, a former slaughterhouse and now cultural center. The lab is actually FOR FREE thanks to Barbara’s efforts and Bavarian funding structures, and is addressed to artists across all disciplines. Application with CV and motivation letter to email@example.com Deadline for applications: June 30
Barbara’s website here
FB event here
It’s also a very beautiful part of Germany and i can highly recommend coming down and checking it out!
Congratulations on making it this far down, and really hope You can make it to any or all of the above. And if not, feel free to drop me a line anyway, so i know You’re still out there!
Sending love from Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg,
Apologies for spamming You just a month after my last email – trying to keep these to quarterly announcements – but spontaneous times call for spontaneous measures. Nobody seems to be planning anything more than a few weeks in advance at the moment.
A few short items:
Next week, i will be teaching the morning classes for professionals (although i personally wish to invite a broad definition of that term) at Tanzquartier Vienna. I am really excited about returning to this fine institution, and the only thing that would excite me more is if i were physically IN THE SPACE. The good news is, Tanzquartier has currently decided to offer their online morning classes FOR FREE (€€€! $$$! ¥¥¥!) to the dance community in Vienna and elsewhere. So the other good news is that You can join wherever You are. Tuesday April 6 through Friday April 9, 10am to 11:30am daily (Vienna time!). See You there!
This coming Sunday, April 4, at 1pm Berlin time, i will be teaching at my favorite STRETCH Festival (April 1-5 altogether), always a heartwarming experience (online, of course). This time, i will be sharing a workshop on Embodied Fermentation/MicroSomatics, in which we will somatically explore the digestive system in movement, as well as discuss some practical methods for fermenting foods! Delicious AND nutritious. There are still places available, so please support the beautiful STRETCH community (and yourself) by signing up for the festival here. Video of me working some sourdough here. (STRETCH is a festival for gay, bi, trans, and queer men* and people who identify somewhere on a gender-fluid male-to-non-binary spectrum). Good gut health so essential for everything, including your immune system!
In May and June, the plan is currently (pending lack of global apocalypse) to work as artistic collaborator/assistant to director/choreographer Christopher Roman at Neuköllner Oper’s world premiere of contemporary composer Diana Sysre’s opera Mexico Aura, with performances at Humboldt Forum Berlin June 25-27 and July 1-4. I’m especially excited to be collaborating with Christopher, as i used to admire him (and the other Forsythe dancers) on stage, as a little dance student back in Frankfurt, ahem, about 20 years ago.
End of February, i showed my new solo Alles Vergängliche at Tanzfabrik Berlin’s Open Spaces series. To those of You who caught it online, congratulations! To anyone who missed it but really wishes they hadn’t, drop me a line and i’ll be happy to share the secret vimeo link. Trailer at Tanzforum Berlin here. Interview by Tanzfabrik during the rehearsal process here.
Sending love and peace around the web,
Hey Dancers! Sorry for the extemporaneous email – i like to keep these to 4 a year, to avoid getting on your shit list. Just wanted to let You know that my weekly Tuesday evening class, Finding the Most Open Question at Tanzfabrik Berlin will be going back ONLINE again, as of tomorrow, November 3, due to the new regulations starting this week. Say whatever You want, i’ll miss being in the studio, but i’ll take it for living in a country right now with a femme scientist as head of state. Time will still be 8:15pm in Berlin (although the online version is only 60 minutes), and signup is through the website fitogram.
The bad news is, we’re back in the middle of a global pandemic, the good news is, You can now join my class again from Vienna, Portland, and Johannesburg! So things balance each other out.
Let me know if You have any questions!
Stay healthy, stay grounded, check out my sourdough dance video if You haven’t yet, i love You all.
See You soon!
Dear Dance Fans,
STRETCH Festival for Men* – cancelled! Xplore Festival Berlin – cancelled! White supremacy – cancelled! I was a lot sadder to see some of those go than others. Let’s transform.
Here are a few offerings in coming months:
First of all, after 3 months online, my regular weekly class Finding the Most Open Question will be happening in physical spacetime again, starting this week (July 7), still on Tuesday evenings, now at 8:15pm, and please note it will now take place at the Kreuzberg branch of Tanzfabrik Berlin (studio 3). Space is limited and registration is only possible online so please check the Tanzfabrik website for instructions and COVID guidelines. Looking forward to see You there and play with the space between! (at least 1.5 meters)
The online class may still happen from time to time for all my favorite participants in Vienna, Portland, South Africa, and elsewhere. Thank You so much for dropping in!
Excited to be teaching a workshop in real life again! And in Berlin, no less. Desire – on Intimacy in Process & Performance – will happen as part of Marameo Berlin’s summer program on August 1 & 2, 3pm to 6pm both days. We will not go into physical contact, but rather explore how socially distant times inform the desire in space. Once again, spaces are limited so sign up now!
Also this summer: really looking forward to working as an outside eye with young Hamburg-based choreographer Marcelo Dono on his new piece Grind Me, premiering September 18 at the Lichthof Theater in Hamburg.
Looking forward to connecting with all of You again soon, and figuring all of this out together.
Lots of love,
Dear Indoor Dancers,
I hope this finds You happy and healthy in these strange and shifting times. I had a sermon prepared on transformation, introspection, and setting priorities, but in the spirit of spending less time online (see priorities above), i won’t launch into it, and rather focus on letting You know what’s not happening and what is (for the confused: i’ve been expanding my culinary explorations during this time inside, and image above is of my homemade extra spicy mango pickle, which i’ll be more than happy to make for You once this is over. Whatever “this” is).
Not cancelled, but rather TRANSFORMED! My regular Tuesday evening classes at Tanzfabrik Berlin, Finding the Most Open Question, playing with and around Somatics, Performance, G*d/dess, the Universe, Time and Space, have moved ONLINE and are now part of Tanzfabrik’s online class program. Join me for 60 minutes every Tuesday at 6:30pm (Berlin time). Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register (at least an hour before the class starts) and for more info. International friends, join me in your own time zone, too! Very curious to check out various possibilities of sensing and moving within the spaces (of various sizes) that we inhabit in “real life” (outside the studio).
From April 22 on, the plan is to restart classes at Tanzfabrik’s Kreuzberg location, Wednesdays from 8 to 9:30pm, should things be open again… note the shift from Wedding to Kreuzberg and from Tuesday to Wednesday.
So the STRETCH Festival for Men*, April 10-12, has been, of course, cancelled, and my Introduction to S+x Magick class to go with it. Stay tuned for the most likely rebirth of the Festival in its Summer incarnation, July 17-19.
Also canceled, or should i say postponed: Weekend workshops on DESIRE and Performance in London (early May) and Helsinki (late May – very probably happening in October).
Presumably NOT canceled, quite a unique summer school, INNER LANDSCAPES (all the info here), organized by my friend and colleague Barbara Bess in Bavaria, at Kulturforum Fürth, from June 17-21. I will be facilitating around Desire and Performance, while Barbara will be offering Atmospheric Composition, and Christian Meier will be facilitating sessions on Body-Mind-Centering. Working with Barbara and Christian has been extremely rich for me personally, and this is a great opportunity to join us super cheaply – the lab is being supported by the city and state.
The Somatic Performance Lab addresses young performers, visual artists, dancers, who are interested in an intense, professional confrontation with the instrument that is the body in motion. For five days, we will come into movement together, research, and develop choreographic material.
Motivation letter and CV (German or English) to: email@example.com
Application deadline: May 15th, 2020
Participation fee: € 30
And for those of You missing my live piano accompaniment at HZT, Marameo, or Tanzfabrik, here’s a very short clip of a little quarantine birthday improv i did for my uncle-in-law:
Lots of Love, virtual hugs, kisses,
Good morning, Neighbors!
I hope this finds You happy and well!
Some early-year offerings:
After traveling last week, i am back to teaching my regular Tuesday evening class, Finding the Most Open Question, at Tanzfabrik Berlin (Wedding version, Uferstudio 3) Tuesdays at 8pm. Depending on the evening, we cover breath, bones, kidneys, Truth, Beauty, God*dess, the Universe, that sort of thing. Stop on by!
Recently, i’ve been working a bit more “behind the scenes” than usual, out of the public eye: Just came back from Frankfurt, where i taught another seminar in the M.A. of Contemporary Dance Education at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. That’s becoming a more regular thing for me, and it’s wonderful to connect to and exchange with others who are in a process around transmission and facilitation.
Several weeks ago, i was delighted to be in Munich to work as an outside eye with Lucy Wilke and Paweł Duduś on their new production Scores that Shaped our Friendship. It’s a beautiful piece about love and vulnerability (rave review in the Süddeutsche Zeitung here) and premiered this past Thursday, but You can still catch the final Munich show tonight, Sunday, February 16 at 8pm at the Schwere Reiter.
Next week, i will head down to Franconia, where i will be teaching a workshop in the framework of artistic research for Barbara Bess’ new production BeComing. There will be an interactive sharing of the research phase at Tanzzentrale in Fürth on Sunday February 23 at 7pm.
Artist and parent extraordinaire Juli Reinartz and i will be facilitating a workshop/discussion that was postponed from December, on Little Disasters, or Parenting While Making Art, on Monday, March 2, 12-3pm at Uferstudios Berlin. Come join us, and make sure You register with Tanzbüro at firstname.lastname@example.org
On a somewhat different note, join me for the full weekend workshop BDSM & Choreography, run by Authentic Eros at The Village Berlin, March 7 & 8! This is a rare mixed gender workshop at the Village, and will explore the relationship between BDSM and choreographic practices. Register here!
Looking forward to running into You here and/or there, and stay tuned for some more workshops happening later this year in London, Helsinki, and Berlin, plus finally getting back on stage choreographically with a solo scheduled to show in the fall!
Please take a moment to check out this petition to save Uferstudios from turbo-capitalism. Berlin may not be able to completely prevent itself from becoming New York, but the city’s unique history has sparked a number of initiatives to slow things down longer than elsewhere:
Click here for the Change.org petition
Sending You lots and lots of February Love,
Happy Summer, Dance Fans!
I hope this finds You all fabulous! It’s a busy couple of months, so will try to give You the newest latest, hippest freshest, without much embellishment, not always an easy task:
TOMORROW, Wednesday August 21, 9pm in Seattle! Sonata, my short film from 2015, will be screening as part of the “Best of SECS Fest” event at Seattle’s Grand Illusion Cinema. Everyone i know in Seattle: Go! Alice, this means YOU!
This coming Friday, August 23, from 7pm: I will be contributing to the official grand opening of a new queer, se+-positive art space in Berlin, Karada House, by performing my predictive one-on-one performance, Se+ual Fortune Telling. Come and discover your se+ual future here! I’m excited about this new space, and warmly invite You to help us inaugurate it in style. Other performers the same evening include Caritia and Bishop Black.
Continuing the Karada House opening week, i will be offering my workshop The Choreography of a Play Party, Thursday August 29, at 7:30pm. For those who keep asking me when they can take a workshop in Berlin, this is a rare opportunity. The three-hour workshop is a good introduction to the work around intimacy, desire, and boundaries that i’ve been busy with for the past 6 or so years. Sign up here!
September 3-8, near Barcelona: Facilitating two workshops, a shorter version of The Choreography of a Play Party, and my ever-popular Spanking for Beginners, at the Touch & Play Barcelona 2019 Festival: Politics of Pleasure.
From September 10, my regular Tuesday evening classes at Tanzfabrik Berlin (in Wedding, at Uferstudios, Studio 3, 8pm), restart. Come join me every week for Finding the Most Open Question, a somatic approach to performance.
And now for something completely different: Monday September 16 at 2pm, and Tuesday September 17 at 10am: performing in handsome Martin Nachbar’s piece Männer Tanzen (suggested for ages 7 and up), at the Feld Theater for Young Audiences in Berlin. Come and see me do something kid-friendly! Small theater, reservation recommended.
Sunday, October 20, & Monday, October 21: Excited to perform in my friend Akemi Nagao’s piece Verbotene Liebe, in the context of her M.A. Choreography studies at HZT Berlin, at the Ernst-Busch-Hochschule für Schauspielkunst.
November preview: Teaching morning classes (Pleasure – a contemporary technique class) at K3 Hamburg, November 11-14, and a workshop on men* touching men* at the fabulous Body IQ Festival in Berlin, November 15-17.
Congratulations if You made it this far down! Hope to see You at any and/or all of these!
Sending lots and lots of love through the ether.