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Recording: 2021-06-17 , soundance festival berlin | DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Ensemble uBu

Calling sirens

soundance festival berlin | Streaming | DOCK 11

Production Details / Press Releases

To conjure music, musicians surrender themselves to musical structures: their bodies, their brains, their movements. From here, the power of music also spreads to the bodies of those who expose themselves to the sound, penetrating and forcing its way through ears, eyes, skin. In this way, music shapes thoughts and bodies, sinking into the world of the subconscious where form and structure are shipwrecked and sink to the bottom as fragments, only illuminated on occasion by the light of fluorescent jellyfish.

As a violinist, director and “accomplice” of other artists, Anna Neubert plays, directs and infiltrates concert settings, among others at the Schwetzinger Festspiele, AchtBrücken Festival, Bun-deskunsthalle Bonn, Villa Massimo Rome. After training as a violinist in Cologne and Paris, she directed numerous projects, including with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (WE-BERN_BEWEGT 2019). She can also be seen as a violinist in productions of the Junge Oper Dort-mund/Deutsche Oper am Rhein and together with the soprano Marie Heeschen in a staged version of G. Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments.

Esther Saladin is a sought-after chamber and ensemble musician. Concerts with Ensemble uBu, Améi Quartett, Trio Radial and Sonemus Trio and with her piano partners Sophie Patey and Bern-hard Ruchti, as well as a guest of Ensemble Modern, MusikFabrik, Ensemble Proton, SWR-Experimenatlstudio, have taken her to renowned festivals and concert venues in Europe (Ultima Oslo, Huddersfield C.M.F, Donaueschinger Tage für Neue Musik, Schwetzinger Festspiele and others). Prizes and awards at competitions, including 1st prize of the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt (2012/Améi Quartett) and Pergamenschikow Chamber Music Prize (2016/Trio uBu).

Christoph Stöber studied piano at the HfMT Cologne. He was the pianist of the ensemble hand werk for many years and performed as such at numerous renowned festivals of contemporary mu-sic. Compositions by Christoph Stöber have been heard on Deutschlandfunk, WDR and at the Kölner Philharmonie

Sophia Otto studied contemporary dance at ZzT Cologne and Folkwang UdK Essen and has been working as a freelance dancer and choreographer since graduating in 2018. She has worked for José Vidal & Cía, Jean-Laurent Sasportes and Theater der Klänge, among others, is a perma-nent member of the ensembles Krux-Kollektiv and Europa Danzante and develops her own chore-ographic works with her collective Cie Entretemps.

Yves Ytier studied contemporary dance and baroque violin at the Folkwang UdK Essen. He is re-sponsible for the choreographies in uBu’s concert performances to date and, in addition to his double degree, brings experience from collaborations with the Company Susanne Linke, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Concerto Köln, among others. His staged concert “Europa Danzante” received the Young Artist Award of the Musikfestspiele Potsdam 2019.

The soundance festival berlin presents joint projects by dancers, choreographers, musicians and composers from the Berlin independent scene and invites international guest artists. As a stimulus for dialogue between the various disciplines, the festival presents a broad spectrum of artistic styles, from contemporary dance to real-time music, from Post Butoh to New Jazz and improvisation – analog and electronic. Across generations, diverse works and formats between sound and movement will be experienced by audiences in theater and urban space.


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Cast & Credits

Ensemble uBu
Choreography: Yves Ytier
Violin: Anna Neubert
Cello: Esther Saladin
Piano: Christoph Stöber
Dance: Sophia Otto
Costumes: Sophia Spies

Composition: Huihui Cheng

Lights: Naia Burucoa

soundance festival berlin 2021
Artistic production management, curation: Jenny Haack
Co-curation Open Call: Meinrad Kneer
Production & festival assistant: Helene Suhr
Social media, PR: Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird
Press: Kerstin Böttcher
Technical direction: Asier Solana
In coproduction with the DOCK11 team

The soundance festival berlin 2021 is a project by b.arts.u – berlin arts united in coproduction with DOCK ART and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



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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