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 email@example.com
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,
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.
Happy Spring, Dance Fans!
Some upcoming items of interest:
This coming weekend, April 6 & 7, at 4pm both days, performing with the fabulous Martin Nachbar in his duet Männer Tanzen, at the Feld Theater (formerly Theater am Winterfeldtplatz) in Berlin. The piece is intended for ages 7 and older, but i think works for slightly younger kids and adults as well. Come and watch me finally do something fun and child-friendly!
On a different note, teaching my always-popular workshop Spanking for Beginners at the stupendous STRETCH Festival (for men* of all genders), appropriately over Easter (transforming pain into salvation), April 19-21 at Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Teaching Dance Into S*x Magick in Cork, Ireland, on the weekend of May 4 & 5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register (Censorship! I was told to obscure the actual name of the workshop, lest my newsletter end up in your spam! Please add the vowel You most wish it to be, and join us in Cork!).
Also: ongoing! My regular Tuesday evening class Finding the Most Open Question, every week at 8pm (except during Pesach, April 23), at Tanzfabrik Berlin (Uferstudios branch). Come and join me to explore the somatics of performance and the performative potential of somatics! (and to learn the secret real name of the class, which i only tell participants.)
Also continuing to play piano for ballet classes around town, including this coming week at Marameo for Kevin Quinaou’s professional classes, so if You enjoy spending some time in the classical paradigm, join us and hear me play on a good piano!
Sending Love out there.
After 7 weeks of working together, the wonderful participants of this Tanzfabrik Performance Project on Desire will have an informal showing to round things off on Wednesday December 19, at 9:00pm, Uferstudios Studio 3. Come!
I hope this finds You fabulous! The above notes were from a workshop i gave earlier this month to design students at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. I shared one of the wonderful tuning scores by the brilliant Lisa Nelson and asked one of the students to make a note of the tasks we were working with. Being a fine arts & design academy, it came out much nicer than i’m used to – i enjoy the mix of calligraphy and post-modern dance (and the Dutch spelling of “pause/pauze”).
This is what i’ll be up to this month and the next:
Starting November 5, and running through December 19, i’ll be facilitating a Performance Project on Desire – Intimacy in Process and Performance – at Tanzfabrik Berlin. The project is fully booked, but please come to see the final showing on December 19 at 9pm in Uferstudio 3. You can also still join the open class, Pleasure – a contemporary technique class – which will be happening before the performance project every Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:15pm, also November 5 through December 19.
From November 10 to 15, i will be rehearsing my new piece The Universe Project in the frame of a creative residency at Tanzzentrale Nürnberg. There will be a public showing at Tanzzentrale the evening of November 15, and a public conversation about the role of desire in choreography between Nuremberg-based choreographer Barbara Bess and myself at Tafelhalle Nürnberg on November 13.
And finally, on Friday November 23 & Saturday November 24, i will be presenting my one-on-one performance Sexual Fortune Telling at the marvelous PornyDays Festival in Zurich, between 6 and 10pm both days.
Hope to see You there!
Sending lots of love,
I hope this finds You fabulous. Apologies for the long silence (or alternately, You’re welcome!) – i have been on a bit of a mini-sabbatical the past few months, questioning, questing, re-assessing.
And now, for upcoming hoo-hah and assorted:
Next weekend, July 20-27 in Berlin, is the fabulous STRETCH Summer Festival (for men*), where i will be facilitating two workshops, Spanking for Beginners at 4:30pm on the Friday, and Moving from the Bones, a contemporary dance class on the Sunday at 11am. It will be my fourth time at STRETCH and i can only invite You to what is always a wonderfully heart-opening festival and beautiful community.
In the fall, i am very excited to be sharing my research as part of Tanzfabrik Berlin’s Performance Project Series, every Monday and Wednesday for seven weeks from November 5 to December 19. There will always be a 90-minute contemporary dance class on Pleasure as a potential path for accessing “technique” at 6:15pm which is open for anyone to join, followed by the Performance Project, on Desire, from 8:00-10:00pm, which is for a closed group and will culminate in a showing on December 19. You’re more than welcome to join both the class and project for the full experience, or drop in to the class occasionally (also see the full description below).
Hope to see You around and wishing You all a fantastic rest of your summer!
Join the class whenever You like, or join for all seven weeks of the performance project
Hope this all finds You staying warm. Just a quick message to let You know about some goings-on in the next two months.
First up NEXT WEEK (including this weekend), teaching Pleasure (a contemporary technique class) at Marameo Berlin. Come join me and help me prove that it’s still possible to get folks to dance with you even if you’re off social media!
Class times are Saturday March 24 & Sunday March 25 at 13:00, and Monday March 26, Wednesday March 28, & Friday March 30 at 14:00 – all at Marameo.
Other happenings in Berlin and elsewhere:
Teaching two workshops at the beyond-fabulous STRETCH Festival (photo above from last year by Jean-Baptiste Huong), Foot Washing Ritual, Friday March 30 at 11:00, and Gut Feelings, Sunday April 1 at 11:00.
Teaching Pleasure (a contemporary technique class) at Tanzquartier in Vienna, April 3-6 & 9-12, 10:45-12:30 daily, with the workshop Desire – on Intimacy in Process and Performance – on Saturday April 7, 13:00-18:00. Contact Tanzquartier for details. Thrilled to be making my debut at this fine institution.
Teaching The Choreography of a Play Party, Saturday April 28 & Sunday April 29, 11:00 to 15:00 both days, at Hacker Porn Film Festival in Rome. On the Saturday evening, i will also be presenting my predictive one-on-one performance Sexual Fortune Telling at the festival.
Looking forward to running into You here or there –