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Recording: 2023-01-06 , Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Xenia Koghilaki

Bang Bang Bodies

Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

Bang Bang Bodies embarks on a choreographic journey into the collective imaginary. What brings bodies together? Where can the experience of togetherness be situated? The work uses headbanging – common in the metal and punk scenes, rituals, and protests – as an endless chain of reciprocity of space and time, sweat and breath, but also historical, cultural and political particles between bodies. On stage two performers explore the effect of exhaustion, repetition and persistence, bringing out both personal and cultural memories and ideas of how we perceive our bodies in relation to others and the world. They engage in an exchange that is never static but always turbulent.

XENIA KOGHILAKI works in the field of performing arts as a dancer and choreographer. Berlin based since 2019, she holds an MA in “Solo/Dance/ Authorship” (MA SODA), from Berlin University of the Arts (HZT-Berlin/Udk). She has previously studied dance and architecture in Greece. The body both as a concept and as a research tool, is placed at the center of her artistic interest, exploring concepts of collectivity, embodiment and belonging in relation to dance and choreography. Her practice focuses on challenging the triptych: power – knowledge – body, through revisiting the collective aspects of moving bodies in relation to dominant political and aesthetic imaginations. She has presented her work in Onassis Stegi, Arc For Dance Festival, K-Gold Temporary Gallery, among others. As a dancer she has worked together with Kat Válastur, André Uerba, Chto Delat, Hellenic Dance Company. She is a danceweb scholarship holder of ImpulsTanz Festival and a SNF Artist Fellow by Artworks.

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TFB Nr. 1716

Cast & Credits

CO-CREATION, PERFORMANCE: Luisa Fernanda Alfonso
SOUND DESIGN: Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos
OUTSIDE EYE: André Uerba, Dorota Michalak
MENTORING: Kat Válastur
Tutors: Sandra Noeth, Janez Janša

Tanztage Berlin 2023
CURATOR: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Jette Büchsenschütz, Dandan Liu
PRODUCTION: Vivi Kartsioti, Léonie Duflot
PRESS: Wayra Schuebel
The 32nd Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., HZT Berlin, 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)

Xenia Koghilaki / Trailers and Video Documentations

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