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Recording: 2024-04-12 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Kareth Schaffer, Construction Company

Bird Dances


Production Details / Press Releases

The three-part choreographic work Bird Dances is a bird’s eye reflection on borders, feelings of home, reflections on the climate crisis and our kaleidoscopic relationship with the natural world: Kareth Schaffer // Construction Company explore migration – that of birds and that of humans – juxtaposing human and animal movement to re-adjust common narratives with delicately feathered speculations. Bird Dances started with an intensive community-based process of bird observation and the development of new social dances held in the largely rural area of Uecker-Randow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and unfolds as a series of workshops, a video installation, and the dance performance at Sophiensæle.

The dance performance Bird Dances features short solos by four dancers whose own biographies intertwine with the stories of four kinds of birds, all of whom spend their lives at least partially in Europe: the marsh warbler, the nightingale, the red kite and so-called “vagrant birds” i.e. bird species that appear in areas far removed from their actual habitat. The inter-related danced monologues are punctuated with movement material drawn from the workshops and costume. The stage design by Dan Lancea maps different spaces, routes and trails within the theater environment.

Kareth Schaffer is artistic director and choreographer of Construction Company and practices an expanded concept of choreography: among other things, her dance pieces have examined ancient monastic practices, jumprope, synchronized swimming, foley, Angela Merkel, emojis, and various modes of storytelling. She shows her work in Germany and internationally, is a Pina Bausch Fellow, and is intensely committed to amassing various forms of (embodied) knowledge.

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TFB Nr. 1875

Cast & Credits

Choreography and Artistic direction: Kareth Schaffer
Dance: Josephine Findeisen, Dani Brown, Michael Kaddu, Sefa Okutan
Music composition: Jean P’ark
Stage design and props: Dan Lancea
Costume design and props: Anna Mirkin
Light design: Elliott Cennetoglu
Video installation: Darcey Bennett
Production management: M.i.C.A. – Movement in Contemporary Art

A production by Kareth Schaffer in coproduction with Sophiensæle.
Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
With the support of Uferstudios Berlin.
Thanks to Monica Gutierrez and Hassandra.


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)

Kareth Schaffer / Trailers and Video Documentations

Construction Company / Trailers and Video Documentations

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