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Recording: 2024-01-19 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Rob Fordeyn


Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

“I don’t like to say goodbye to things” says Rob Fordeyn. In refusal to say things will end, we become ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS. Memory takes center stage, showcasing the effort we put into constructing our stories. This solo performance (a mourning ritual or is it a spun-out celebration?) is a celebration of the “absolute beginner” in all of us — the seekers, the doubters, the wanderers.

In ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS, time is a visceral journey. Rob Fordeyn moves through the sounds of Ann Eysermans’ Fuga for four Diesel Locomotives and Harp, Schubert’s A Major Sonata and David Bowie’s Absolute Beginners. The movement will be a decantation of these at first sight incompatible musics, resulting in Fordeyn’s signature dance of grace and despair, decay and grandeur, a dance for the forgotten and the disappeared.

Rob Fordeyn is a Belgian-Zambian dancer/choreographer based in Berlin. Fordeyn studied at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and began his career with Royal Ballet of Flanders. In 2008 he joined Ballet Opéra de Lyon. Since 2009 Rob has worked as a freelance artist with Arco Renz, Marc Van Runxt, Lisbeth Gruwez, Claudia Castelluci, Forsythe Company, Trajal Harrell, Ersan Mondtag, and Benny Claessens. As a choreographer he has collaborated with Darcey Bennet (Tragic by Accident and Drama, Chaos, Confusion and Madness), Tobias Staab (After Work) and Ersan Mondtag (Antikrist). From 2020-2022 Fordeyn was engaged with Constanza Macras/Dorky Park. In 2023 Fordeyn joined Trajal Harrell / Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble for The Romeo, Maggie The Cat and The Köln Concert.

Darcey Bennett is a creative producer and artist based in Berlin. Coming from a background in the visual arts, Bennett has made site specific installations exhibited in Belgium and the Netherlands (i.e. Marres Maastricht, MUHKA Museum for Contemporary Art Antwerp, Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, CinemaZuid/Fotomuseum Antwerp, SOIL collective Brussels). In collaboration with dancer/choreographer Rob Fordeyn he staged Tragic by Accident (2015), which premiered at Monty Kultuurfaktorij Antwerp, followed by Drama, Chaos, Confusion & Madness (2017), which premiered at FrankfurtLab. In 2020 he started his collaboration with choreographer Jeremy Wade. Since early 2023 Bennett takes part as creative producer in CRUSH, an artist-led alliance by Martin Hansen, Kareth Schaffer and Cécile Bally.

CIVIC GRACE is the musical alias of Ashley Wright, Australian producer based in Berlin. Her work is a mix of oneiric sounds, an experimentation of ambient, breakbeat, dub techno and acoustic soundscapes. With her musical background stemming from her career as a professional dancer, she has built herself a sentimental approach as a producer. She works by gathering and assembling sonic fragments of the world to form layered sound tapestries that find a kind of majesty in sharp contrasts of ephemerality and nostalgia. With an ardency for story telling though sound she doesn’t seek for a connection with any particular music style, but encapsulates interpretation. CIVIC GRACE produces for her own choreographic works, commissioned dance pieces, art installations, live events and film. Since 2019 she has released three solo albums.


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Cast & Credits

Concept, Choreography, Performance: Rob Fordeyn
Artistic Collaboration, Production: Darcey Bennett
Light: Andreas Harder
Sound: Ashley Wright/CIVIC GRACE
Dramaturgical Support: Jette Büchsenschutz

A production by Rob Fordeyn in co-production with Sophiensæle.

Tanztage Berlin 2024
CURATION: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Jette Büchsenschütz, Dandan Liu
PRODUCTION: Vivi Kartsioti, Léonie Duflot
The 33rd Tanztage Berlin is a Sophiensæle production.
Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and with funds from the Capital Cultural Fund.
With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

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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