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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
Dear Dance Lovers, Love Dancers, etc. etc.,
I hope this finds You fabulous. Or coping. It’s been a slightly, let’s say, unusual year for many of us, and one of the unusual things that happened for me personally was that i made a solo. It’s my first real “choreography” in about 5 years, my first piece for “the stage” in far longer than that, and my first solo… pretty much ever. I’ve been so interested in relationships, desire, boundaries between people for so long that i never understood how to possibly start a solo piece, but in the last two years, several things shifted around that and i actually found (most of) my time alone in the studio incredibly rich, in dialogue with my own history and present as a dancer and as a musician. The solo wrestles with Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony and the daily newsfeed, as two attempts to put the whole world into a limited timeframe. It will be one dancer’s attempt to process everything going on and hopefully also a celebration of the day, a performance for these times. Because the text of the day’s news is always incorporated, each performance will be different.
Alles Vergängliche streams as part of Tanzfabrik Berlin’s Open Spaces: Making It Happen on Saturday, February 27, at 18:00 Berlin time (9:00am in Oakland, 2:00am the next day in Tokyo), and on Sunday February 28, 19:00 Berlin time (12 noon in New York, 20:00 in Johannesburg). The link will be here and the videos will be public for 48 hours after the dates. Hope to “see” You “there”!
Lots of love and major respect to everyone at Tanzfabrik Berlin for supporting this project and being a pure delight to work with, as well as everyone who offered tech support, childcare support, conceptual and emotional support. You know who You are!
Sending a hug through the web, dance together soon?
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!
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 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,
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.
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.