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Recording: 2022-01-06 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Nkisi, tiran


Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

(bb) is: the need for each other; an encouragement for each other; unclear boundaries between bromance and romance; a brotherhood/sisterhood manifesting between sound and dance; the other’s babe or baby; the rhythm that one does not understand, only feels.
The collaboration between tiran and the musician Nkisi was inspired by the idea of “backup”: In (bb) it is about stepping back and highlight everything that is not center stage, in order to give space instead to the supporting structures in the theater. The performance explores the dialogue between sound and dance, penetrating and transforming each other and constantly evolving in forms and textures.

TIRAN is an artist. His performance-based practise explores the body inside an unimaginable environment. Using physical depth to create sonic images that deal with the construction of systems, creating experiences that communicate somatic and psychological landscapes beyond the human condition. He has worked and collaborated with Eszter Salamon, Jérôme Bel, Trajal Harrell, Meg Stuart, Ligia Lewis, Andros Zins-Browne, Alex Bachzinsky Jenkins, Dorota Gaweda & Eglé Kulbokaite, Price (Mattias Ringgenberg) and with Cullberg ballet under Deborah Hay and Jeftha Van Dinther.
NKISI is the pseudonym of Melika Ngombe Kolongo, whose activities as producer, live musician, DJ and curator allow for a continuous investigation of invisible forces with the help of sound. Musically, this manifests itself in a captivating cross-talk of African rhythms, uncompromising European hard dance tropes, somber synthesizer melodies, and the relentless, electrifying energy used for her increasingly kinetic live performances.

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TFB Nr. 1599

Cast & Credits

A production by tiran/Nkisi in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE and Vooruit (BE).

Tanztage Berlin 2022
CURATOR: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Maciek Sado, Maxi Wallenhorst
The 31st edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V. and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

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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)

tiran / Trailers and Video Documentations

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