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Recording: 2021-08-22 , Tanz im August | MaHalla (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Stephanie Thiersch, Brigitta Muntendorf

ARCHIPEL – Ein Spektakel der Vermischungen

Tanz im August | MaHalla

Production Details / Press Releases

After the end of the world as we know it, a neo­humanoid presence will emerge and explore biological symbioses and rituals of collective coexistence. Inspired by this vision, choreographer Stephanie Thiersch and composer Brigitta Muntendorf bring architecture, dance and music into a new alliance. With Japanese architect Sou Fuji­ moto’s sculpture acting as a stage, a landscape, a shelter and a musical instrument, dancers and musicians elicit and develop its sounds. Moving between utopia and realism, “ARCHIPELAGO” speaks of a species in search of togetherness.

With her compositions, German-Austrian composer Brigitta Muntendorf creates music that acts as a web of multi-layered references and connections. Her instrumental works and installations have been shown at festivals and museums worldwide such as Festival d’Automne Paris, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Kyoto Experiment, Warsaw Autumn, Elphilharmonie Hamburg, Duolun Museum for Modern Art Shanghai, Münchener Biennale, Musica Strasbourg and ONASSIS Athens. She received the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s Young Composer’s Prize and the German Young Music Authors Award from GEMA. She founded Ensemble Garage in 2009 and works with numerous ensembles like Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Mocrep Chicago and Les Siècles. For the past two years she has been a professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.

German choreographer Stephanie Thiersch creates boundary-breaking, interdisciplinary works with dance at their core. With her company MOUVOIR, founded in 2000, she has worked with many international artists and has created over 50 stage works, films and installations. In 2016 she first collaborated with composer Brigitta Muntendorf on “City Dance Köln”, a project conceptualised with postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin that included over 600 performers and 10.000 participating passers-by. In 2019, she staged “Bilderschlachten/Batailles d’Images” with her international troop of dancers, the French orchestra Les Siècles and the Asasello Quartet. Thiersch is the artistic director of URBÄNG! Festival Cologne and has been a visiting professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen and at HfMDK Frankfurt. Tanz im August is happy to invite her back after having presented “Bronze by Gold” in 2015 and the documentation film “Spectacles of Blending” in 2020.

Sou Fujimoto is a Japanese architect. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1994 and established his own office, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in Tokyo in 2000. Noted for his delicate light structures and permeable enclosures, he has won multiple awards and international commissions. In 2013, he was selected to design the temporary Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London and in 2019, he contributed as one of 23 architects to the “Réinventer Paris” project. He has also published the book “Sou Fujimoto: Primitive Future” (2008) that gives an overview of his designs and explains his concept of primitive future.

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Cast & Credits


MOUVOIR: Fabien Almakiewicz, Neus Barcons Roca, Julien Ferranti, Kelvin Kilonzo, Gyung Moo Kim, Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart, Alexandra Naudet, Camille Revol, Joel Suárez Gómez, Malu Thiersch

Ensemble Garage & Guests: Carola Schaal (clarinet), Pablo Giw (trumpet), Till Künkler (trombone), Yuka Ohta (percussion), Jonathan Shapiro (percussion), Joss Turnbull (percussion), Lola Rubio (violin), Isaac Espinoza Hidrobo (violin), Sofia von Atzingen (viola), Elio Herrera (cello), Moritz Baerens (double bass)

Det Norske Solistkor – The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir: Silje Aker Johnsen, Ingeborg Dalheim, Mari Johanne Müller, Camilla Wiig Revholt (Soprano), Camilla Marie Bjørk Andreassen, Marianne Bye Granheim, Maria Dale Johannessen, Frøydis Fegran Kopperud (Alto), Håvard Gravdal, Paul Kirby, Øystein Stensheim, Markus Tähti Dunseth (Tenor), Timothy Ferguson, Hugo Herrman, Olle Holmgren, Peder Arnt Kløvrud (Bass)

Due to Corona, the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir cannot be present live as originally planned, but will be integrated into the piece via audio and video recordings.

Artistic Direction & Composition: Brigitta Muntendorf
Artistic Direction & Choreography: Stephanie Thiersch
Architecture: Sou Fujimoto
Dramaturgy: Stawrula Panagiotaki, Juliane Votteler
Costumes: Sita Messer, Lauren Steel
Lighting Design & Technical Direction: Begoña Garcia Navas
Sound Direction: Sebastian Schottke
Programming: Maximiliano Estudies
Live Electronics: Lukas Nowok
Video Design: Warped Type
Rehearsal Director Choir: Grete Pedersen
Choreographic Assistance: Marcela Ruiz Quintero
Production Management: Harriet Lesch & littlebit GbR
Production: Sarah Heinrich
Tour management: Tanja Baran
Technical Assistance: Dimitar Evtimov
Instrument Making: Thomas Meixner
Audiosystem: Simon Klumpp

Produced by: Ensemble Garage e.V. and MOUVOIR e.V. Co-produced by: Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2021, Ruhrtriennale 2020 and ULTIMA – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. In cooperation with: tanzhaus nrw, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin. Supported by: Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Thanks to Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa (Kyoto). Funded by: BTHVN2020 – aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, der Stadt Bonn und des Rhein-Sieg-Kreises; Kunststiftung NRW; RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur

MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch is funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and by Kulturamt der Stadt Köln.

Ensemble Garage is funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Det Norske Solistkor / The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

In cooperation with MaHalla.

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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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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