Production Details / Press Releases
Robert Steijn, who is connected with the performance as an outside eye, about »a coming community«:
»(T)he four men of ›a coming community‹ agreed easily on the description: rough poetry. There was no discussion about it. But what does it exactly mean, this rough poetry, and how will it occur in the new performance? After visiting some rehearsals I imagine that a kind of rough poetry will appear especially in how the four men relate to each other on stage. (…)
At first glance, it doesn’t seem an easy meeting between the four men who are present on stage. However, the desire to make a performance together is clearly felt. There is a big common drive to go for it. None of them gives up when it gets difficult. But there is a clear distinction between the four in how they are creative on stage. It seems there could be a big potential for conflicts and endless debates, but their poetic approach of being together on stage takes the heat out of the moment and emphasizes the sensorial experiences of being in such a situation. (…) Their theatrical poetry does something with time, it slows down the dramatic tensions, unravels them and opens a situation in different ways of looking at something and even into different ways of reflecting. ›a coming community‹ plays with multi-layered ways of perceiving of how we can create something together, without losing the reality of being different. (…)
Like in good poetry, we must focus on insignificant details to make our view more complex, to get into other perspectives. Poetry plays with details that at first glance have no direct meaning, but start to work deep under the skin at the moment when one discovers them (…).«
Pieter Ampe (born in 1982) studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in 2002-2003 and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels from 2004-2008. During this training he created the solo performance »On Stage« (2006) and »Still Difficult Duet« (2007) together with Guilherme Garrido. With Simon Mayer he presented the duet »O feather of lead« (2008). In 2006 Pieter took part in the scholarship program danceWEB at ImPulsTanz in Vienna. Out of this emerged the artists’ network Sweet & Tender Collaborations, towards which Pieter still contributes. For the twentieth birthday of Vooruit Arts Centre in Ghent, Pieter created »Kiezen is Verliezen« (2003-2004). As a dancer he appeared in Cirque Danton by the stage director Jan Decorte and The Song by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Rosas. He collaborated with the performance duo United Sorry (Frans Poelstra & Robert Steijn), with the artist Roland Seidel, choreographer Anne Juren and the noise rock quartet The Germans. Since 2009 Pieter Ampe has been artist in residence at CAMPO in Gent. In 2011, he created »Jake and Pete’s Big Reconciliation Attempt For The Disputes From The Past« together with his brother Jakob Ampe and mentor Alain Platel. This piece, as well as »Still Standing You«, is still touring all around the world.
Guilherme Garrido’s (born in 1983) artistic work and education are connected to dance, choreography and fine arts. Between 2007-2009, he was the curator of »Show Rooms« within the frame of the annual Dance Festival A Fábrica in Porto. In 2008 he was the co-artistic director of the project Skite/Sweet & Tender Collaborations Porto 2008, together with António Pedro Lopes and Jean Marc-Adolphe. As a dancer he worked for Maria Clara Villa-Lobos, Ibrahim Quraishi and for Tommy Noonan/PVC company Stadttheater Freiburg. Since October 2007 he has been touring all around Europe with »Still Difficult Duet«. He is still working with Antonio Pedro Lopes in »I WANT MORE FANS YOU WANT MORE STAGE« (work in progress). Together with Mia Habib he created a duet called »A couple dance«. He premiered his first solo work, »GO JOHN«, in 2011 at Fresh Festival, BUDA (Kortrijk, BE), and in 2012 he premiered »BEST BEAST«, his first group piece as choreographer at HAU Berlin.
Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido met at P.A.R.T.S. In 2007, they created the duet »Still Difficult Duet«, which is still touring all over Europe. The successor, »Still Standing You« (2010), was selected for Circuit X of the Belgian Theaterfestival 2012.
Hermann Heisig (born in 1981 in Germany) started with contemporary dance in 1997 when taking part in the »best dance solo« competition at euro scene Leipzig Festival for the first time. Even before and during his studies at Die Etage in Berlin, he created various dance solos in clubs and galleries, and collaborated with musicians and artists such as Anja Müller, Marina Quesada, Diana Wesser and Brockdorff Klang Labor. In 2007 he participated in the program for choreography ex.e.r.ce 07 at CCN Montpellier. Together with the other participants he initiated KAF = Knowledge & Fun, an open platform for young choreographers to exchange their work in the context of Tanz im August 2007. As a dancer he has worked with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Meg Stuart/Frank Castorf, Martin Nachbar/Martine Pisani, Corinna Harfouch and Begüm Erciyas. In 2009 Hermann was invited by Meg Stuart to participate in Connections, a mentorship program for the performing arts initiated by Spielart Festival, München. In this context he created »Themselves already Hop!«, a piece for four performers. In collaboration with Elpida Orfanidou he created the duet »united states«, premiered in 2011 in Zagreb.
Nuno Lucas (born in 1980 in Portugal), choreographer and performer, began to show his ability to perform comedy at the age of five, imitating public figures, typical characters, singers and voices of animals. Between 1989-1991 he lived in Madeira where he began his studies of music (mandolin, acoustic guitar, electric and voice). In 1998 he moved to Lisbon where he obtained a degree in Economics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 2001 he participated in his first dance workshop and had his debut as a performer with the choreographer Miguel Pereira at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. He got his professional training at The Choreographic Course of Creation and Research in Forum Dança and the ex.e.r.ce program at CCN Montpellier for which he received a scholarship of Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. In 2003 he was invited by João Fiadeiro to develop his first choreographical sketches in LAB10. He created two solos: »Self portrait as a dancer« and »What can be shown cannot be said« (2007). His collaboration with Márcia Lança, »Trompe le Monde«, premiered in Culturgest, Lisbon (2010). Recently he has been teaching at the Superior School for Technology and Arts of Lisbon.
Hermann Heisig and Nuno Lucas met during ex.e.r.ce 07. Together they created the duet »Pongo Land« (2008) and, with Irina Müller, »What comes up, must go up« (2009).
Cast & Credits
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY & PERFORMANCE: Pieter Ampe, Gui Garrido, Hermann Heisig, Nuno Lucas
DRAMATURGIC ASSISTANCE: Louise van den Eede
BLOOD FROM OUTSIDE: Robert Steijn
SPECIAL FEATURES: Dirk Pauwels
TECHNOLOGY: Philippe Digneffe, Bennert Vancottem
COPRODUCTION: Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Alkantara Lisbon, Dance in August / Hebbel on the shore, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève
SUPPORTED BY: NXTSTP with the support of the European Union cultural program
FUNDED BY: Départs Network with the support of the European Commission as part of the Culture 2000 program
Tanz im August 2012
Organizer: Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH / TanzWerkstatt Berlin – Management Moritz van Dülmen, Hebbel am Ufer – Artistic Director / Management Matthias Lilienthal
Artistic director: Ulrike Becker, Dr. Pirkko Husemann, Matthias Lilienthal, André Thériault, Marion Ziemann
Production management: Nina Klöckner, Anna Wagner, Marion Ziemann
Tanz im August is supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Supported by the Capital Culture Fund.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)
Tempelhofer Ufer 10
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
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):
Hermann Heisig / Trailers and Video Documentations
- Hermann Heisig: Singing Machine (2019)
- Hermann Heisig: slave to the rhythm (2019)
- Instant Feedback / Hermann Heisig: slave to the rhythm (2019)
- Hermann Heisig: NEXT TO NEAR (2017)
- Hermann Heisig: STRTCH (2014)
- Hermann Heisig: SLAP/STICK (2013)
- Hermann Heisig: united states (2012)
- Hermann Heisig: PONGO LAND (2011)
- Hermann Heisig: Themselves already Hop! (2010)