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Recording: 2020-03-02 , Studio 1 / HAU3 Hebbel am Ufer (© Walter Bickmann)

Interview / Portrait

Kareth Schaffer

Kareth Schaffer

Kareth Schaffer (1987, USA/NL), is a choreographer and performer who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She practices an extended concept of choreography: to date she has scrutinized prophecies, mudwrestling, synchronized swimming, foley, Angela Merkel, emojis, and conversational formats in her “post-postmodern” (Astrid Kaminski for Jahrbuch Tanz) dance pieces.

Her works include a diptych about the tragic heroine Cassandra (Cassandra Has Turned 2 (2018) and Cassandra Has Turned 1 (2017)); a fictional fan-fiction piece about Angela Merkel (Merkel Dances (2019)); a dance piece about a story she won’t tell you (An Animal Went Out, 2016); an exhaustive examination of foley as a choreographic tool (Unheard Of, 2016); and a conceptual mudwrestling tournament with a dubious 100,000 views on Youtube (Dirty Money Mudwrestling).

Kareth Schaffer was named “new talent 2016” and nominated for “Female Dancer of the Year 2018” by Jahrbuch Tanz. Also in 2018 she was awarded the Pina Bausch Fellowship in cooperation with Mekar Bhuana Center in Denpasar, Bali. Schaffer loves to work with and for other artists such as deufert&plischke, Tino Sehgal, Stefanie Wenner, Yvon Chabrowski, Christian Falsnaes, Tomomi Adachi, Dragana Bulut, and Barbara Berti. She regularly teaches workshops and is on the board of zeitgenössicher tanz berlin e.V..

The premieres of 2 new productions by Kareth Schaffer are planned for 2020 in Berlin: from November 5th to 8th, “Bee Dances” as part of Open Spaces at the Tanzfabrik Berlin / Uferstudios, and from December 10th to 13th, “Question of Belief” at the Sophiensæle.

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