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Recording: 2012-08-22 , Tanz im August 2012 | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Sofia Dias, Vítor Roriz

A gesture that is nothing but a threat

Tanz im August 2012 | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)

Production Details / Press Releases

»In this piece we subject words to the rules of movement composition and explore the potential of the word as a body, taking into account not only its meaning, but also its sound plasticity and the relationship to voice, breathing, rhythm and musicality. We place ourselves in the moment when the word repeated loses its meaning and within the possibility of degeneration and transformation, where other words emerge. Here, we are able to observe how our minds work – in the chaos of sound textures there is always a logical connection to something recognizable. In this way, we free ourselves from semantic and syntax determinism, rearrange the hierarchy of word, voice, movement and gesture, and aspire to new constellations of meaning that can reflect the complexity of the human experience.«
Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz

Sofia Dias (who graduated from the National Conservatory of Dance in Lisbon) and Vítor Roriz (who graduated in Sports and Physical Education at Porto University), are independent choreographers and performers who have been collaborating since 2006 in the research and conception of nine dance works that have been presented in Portugal, Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Romania and Belgium. Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz have been teaching improvisation and movement research workshops to professionals and non-professionals from the field of performing arts.

Cast & Credits

SOUND: Sofia Dias
COSTUMES: Lara Torres
COPRODUCTION: Box Nova CCB, O Espaço do Tempo, CDCE
PARTNERS: Alkantara, ACCCA, O Rumo do Fumo, Negocio / ZDB, Bains Connective
FINANCES: SUMO Associação de Difusão Cultural
TOURMANAGEMENT: Materiais Diversos
SPECIAL THANKS to: Pietro Romani, Maria Ramos, Câmara Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo, André Pires Calvário, Cláudia Mateus
SUPPORTED BY: Governo de Portugal – Secretario de Estado da Cultura / Direcção Geral das Artes, Départs Network with the support of the European Commission under 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
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. 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):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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