Production Details / Press Releases
Science and technology are meant to improve the world. But how and where do people conduct their research beset? In a metropolis or at a remote lab at the end of the world? In South-Siberia there is a science city called Akademgorodok since the late 50ies, a very successfull place with particle accelerators, fusion reactors, and, as of recently, Start-Ups and IT companies. What happens to a utopian dream of an ideal science city in the age of globalization – the era of migrating “high-potentials” – the so called brain-drain? post theater set up an A.I., an artificial intelligence, that organizes the evening and asks contemporary dancers to feed input. The audience witnesses a special experiment that fuses worlds as diverse as the USSR, Silicon Valley and Science Fiction cities.
After “House of Hope”, a recent post theater piece on the crisis of housing in big cities, post theater again combines solid research (documentary theater) with utopian and dystopian visions. As always, media play a key role in this interdisciplinary performance work.
post theater is a multi-media performance company by Hiroko Tanahashi (MFA Design & Technology, Parsons School of Design, New York) and Max Schumacher (MA Performance Studies, New York University). Since 1999, they have presented over 50 productions in more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the US. post theater creates performances in which the audience’s roles are shifting and questioned. Multi-media environments help to install both audience and performers in spaces and ways that fit the subject matter of a particular performance. Sound, video and spatial concepts are as important as the skills (acting, dancing etc.) of the performers. post theater conceives their pieces based on solid research and documentary practices but does not avoid fiction. Some pieces have narratives, some don’t – all have a stringent dramaturgy – no matter to what degree words play a role. All video, sound, music and text material are original creations for a particular piece.
Cast & Credits
Dance | Performance: Luis Hergon, Mariko Koh, Patrick Khatami, Maria Pyatkova, Tata Ziegler
Sound | Music | Composition: Sibin Vassilev
Video art: Hiroko Tanahashi, Yoann Trellu
Kinect Programming | Design: Sasha Pyatkov
Model | stage | Installation: Michl Schmidt
Choreography: Maria Pyatkova
Artistic Direction | Text: Maria Pyatkova, Max Schumacher, Hiroko Tanahashi
Lighting design | Technical Director: Ingo Jooss
Production management: Mario Stumpfe
Press work: k3 berlin
Funded by the Ministry of Research and Culture of Baden-Württemberg via LAFT BW and the HOMEBASE program/Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk, PALERMO Gallery Stuttgart, Axel Springer Plug & Play and Accenture.
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):