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Recording: 2024-03-03 , DOCK 11 (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Erika Kooki Filia

an album


Production Details / Press Releases

This piece should be approached as a short amateur punk album, where we will co-sing futile systemic grievances, try to flirt and observe the idea of deconstructing ballet, whilst decorating a Christmas tree that will decent to nothingness. Bound by informality this piece will try to knit short personal and collective commentaries around patterned embodiment of social defeat in four chroreographic songs.

Affected by necropolitics, the politics of location and the idea that neither the human nor the topos(:space) is universal, this piece came as a mean of understanding and a need of redefining the consensus of what it means to be human (a term that is not neutral), through breaking down the classicist, neoliberal, patriarchal expected forms. How can space be found for everyone?

Erika Kookie Filia: After studying speech pathology (BSc, 2015) and music therapy, Erika decided to follow xier/xies passion for dance. After a year of dance training in CobosMika (Spain, 2016), xier/xies continued xier/xies studies at SEAD, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and graduated in 2022. Driven by collectivity and creativity, Erika loves to immerse in deep sensory, imaginative physical experiences and extend into the therapeutic realm. Erika’s physicality, stems from intrinsic research on xier/xies part, leading to improvisation and various research processes. They often cross the line between performance art and acting. These aspects in dance allow Erika to immerse xier/xies in the multi-layered work and appreciate the expertise of others in the creative environment. Erika believes that these processes increase and expand the level of complexity in her own artistic practice, as the practice is not only related to itself, but more importantly to the coexistence of diversity. Erika has performed works by Elina Pirrinen, Hillel Kogan, Meytal Blanaru, Juxtapoz Company, Nicholas Vladislav, Manuel Ronda, Oded Graf, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, among others, while creating pieces that serve xier/xies own choreographic interests.


TFB Nr. 1858

Cast & Credits

Choreography, performance: Erika Kooki Filia (they/them)
Music, sound design: Samuel Boldrini (he/him)
Special thanks to Hari Krishna and Sofia Pouchtou for their help

The premiere of this work took place as part of the second edition of the Blank Check Festival on 21 September 2023 at DOCK 11 / DOCK ART; produced, curated and performed by nein9 and with the kind support of DOCK ART.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



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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