Production Details / Press Releases
Call it punkapella, call it experimental pop. Call it a concert, an audition number. Call it voyeurism, an audio opera. Call it an overstimulated dance. Call it a musical, a confession.
“Bitte aussteigen” (please leave the train) signals the end of the line. Everybody out!
After 7 years of living in Berlin, Mateo Argerich hit a turning point, so when recording their debut album, they politely invited every biting experience to “please leave the train”. Composed by overlaying a wide range of vocals, their music undresses clunky sexual explorations, bureaucratic performances, party mishaps, and health misfortunes. Harmonies sweeten the pill and render a home for the performer who navigates this purge on the margins between comfort and distress, humor and tragedy.
Thank you for accompanying the ride. Remember to leave all baggage behind.
Mateo Argerich has a background in music, choreography, architecture, art and activism. They inhabit Pelusia: a magic place of transformation and play that enables them to explore all their different personas.
Living in Berlin since 2015, Mateo continues to research dancing in the streets as an invitation to awaken our agency to shape the public sphere – this work has been exhibited as video installations and in online formats.
Argerich has collaborated with many artists, designing sculptures and installations worldwide with Tomás Saraceno, and as a performer with Monica Bonvicini and Maria Scaroni.
Since 2020 Argerich has been choreographing, composing, and organizing within the campaign Deutsche Wohnen & Co. Enteignen, holding pleasure activism at the core of their political work.
In 2022 Mateo released Bitte Aussteigen, their debut album, reconnecting them with choir singing, which they had extensively done in Buenos Aires.
The incorporation of humour threads throughout their work, making it accessible, engaging and allowing to visit uncomfortable places. In the cracks between harmony and discomfort, Pelusia finds spaces for self-reflection and reinvention.
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Cast & Credits
MUSIC, LYRICS & CHOREOGRAPHY: Mateo Argerich
MASTERING & SOUND DESIGN: Nico Mohammadi/ DJ Durbin
SOUND ENGINEERING & MASTERING OF “Comfortable”: Budhenau / budhenau.com
COSTUME DESIGN: Alexis Mersmann
COVER IMAGE: Laura Mascarenhas
A.PART Festival 2023
Curatorial team: Julek Kreutzer, Diethild Meier
Artistic direction & management ada Studio Berlin: Gabi Beier
Technical direction & lighting design: Robert Prideaux
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe / Spartenoffene Förderung.
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The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. 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):