Production Details / Press Releases
How does your body feel today? In this time of velocity, violence and chaos, choreographer and performer André Uerba explores intimacy as a practice of being together, along with five performers and a musician, in his new work “Æffective Choreography”, which premieres at this year’s edition of Radialsystem’s SENSE series. The performance plays with the boundaries between sharing and withdrawing, movement and stillness, beauty and deception; the performers structure their encounter through a slow pace, propelling their bodies to attune, sink and merge together, refining their present moment.
The desire to make hidden things visible is unfolded by their intimate gestures. Collectively they turn their gaze to inner landscapes where slowness and touch become a main practice. Their bodies resemble a choir that acknowledges the group as a body itself.
André Uerba began his research on rehearsing intimacy during the process of “Burn Time” (2018) and continued through “Fire Starter” (2019/20), “Inviting Moments of Stillness” and “A hole the size of your touch” (2021). “Æffective Choreography” marks a new chapter in the research and is reinforced by his current training in bodywork by the Institute for Somatic Learning, Sexuality and Bodywork (ISB Berlin).
André Uerba is a Performer, Choreographer and Filmmaker born in Lisbon. Based in Berlin since 2013, he holds an MA in Arts, Solo/ Dance/ Authorship at HZT Berlin (2015). Since 2018 his research is focused within the potentialities of slowness, touch and intimacy in a performative context. In 2018 with the support of Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Espaço do Tempo (PT) he developed the project “Burn Time”, that premiered at Tanzfabrik Berlin and has been touring internationally ever since – among others, he presented it at Radialsystem in 2020. Other works related to this theme are “Pool of Emotions” (2019) and “Fire Starter” (2019/20). In 2021 during his “Body Time Space”-residency at Radialsystem, Uerba developed the film “Inviting Moments of Stillness”. Later that year he developed the project “A hole the size of your touch”, presented in the frame of BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts (PT). Since 2021 he’s a bodyworker in training from the Institute for Somatic Learning, Sexuality and Bodywork (ISB Berlin).
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Cast & Credits
Concept, Artistic Direction & Performance: André Uerba
Performance: György Jellinek, Jone San Martin, Lyllie Rouvière, Manoela Rangel, Pedro Aybar
Sound Design / Live Music: Kreatress
Dramaturgical Advice: Meg Stuart
Light Design, Space, Photos & Ice Sculpture: André Uerba
Executive Production: SHORT HOPE
Production & Press: Apricot Productions
Residency Support: Tanzfabrik Theaterhaus Mitte
Æffective Choreography is supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance.
„SENSE“ is a programme series by Radialsystem, funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Supported by Radial Stiftung.
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The video documentation is produced 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):