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Recording: 2021-08-13 , Tanz im August | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

James Batchelor & Collaborators

An Evening-length Performance

Tanz im August | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

With “An Evening-­length Performance”, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression. A new kind of social dance emerges that invites curiosity about the event space and its inherent theatricality. Sensitive, delicate and poised, the performers embody a shared vocabulary with echoes of their own personal movement histories. As doors open and layers are removed, the formality of the space shifts to allow moments of subtlety and intimacy.

James Batchelor is a prize-winning choreographer and dancer from Australia based in Berlin. After studying dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, he was invited by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to join a two-month scientific expedition at sea in 2016, which led to the creation of “Deepspace”, commissioned by Dance Massive, and later to his solo “Hyperspace”, selected for Aerowaves 2019. He presents his works in multiple contexts worldwide, such as at Centre Pompidou (Paris and Malaga), MONA (Hobart), Vitalstatistix (Adelaide), Dancehouse (Melbourne), Dansens Hus (Oslo), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Tramway (Glasgow), December Dance (Brugge) and at Tanz im August in 2019. Batchelor also has a dedicated teaching practice, sharing his creative processes with people of all ages and abilities.


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Cast & Credits

Choreographer: James Batchelor
With: Jacqueline Trapp, James Batchelor, George Hampton-Wale, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin
Dramaturge & Producer: Bek Berger
Music: Morgan Hickinbotham
Costume: George Hapton-Wale
Lighting: Vinny Jones
Developed with: Natalie Abbott, Arad Inbar
Guest Provocateurs: Zander Porter, Dr. Dorita Hannah

Co-production: December Dance (Cultuurcentrum and Concertgebouw Brugge), Menagerie de Verre. Supported by: the ACT Government, Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH lab, City of Melbourne and private donors.

In cooperation with Sophiensæle.

Tanz im August 2021
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer & Logistics: René Dombrowski
Production: Monica Ferrari, Florian Greß, Johanna Herrschmann, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Ben Mohai, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.


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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)

James Batchelor & Collaborators / Trailers and Video Documentations

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