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clair obscur
Recording: 2021-06-01 , HALLE Tanzbühne Berlin (Video © Walter Bickmann)

cie. toula limnaios

clair obscur

HALLE Tanzbühne Berlin

Production Details / Press Releases

»clair »clair obscur« is the new creation of cie. toula limnaios, which was developed during the lockdown. the starting point of the dance piece is the theme of shadows, loosely inspired by adelbert chamisso’s art fairy tale »the wonderful history of peter schlemihl«, which was written in 1813 and tells the story of a man who sells his shadow. »clair obscur« is an attempt to approach the complexity and multi-layeredness of shadows and their paradox, because shadows have many faces.
the HALLE is transformed into a stage divided into two parts. the two parts face each other like two sides of the same coin, like light and shadow, like day and night – one cannot exist without the other and this is how this work is composed: the two perspectives are inseparable and yet can be perceived separately…

»see how this body casts its shadow and how dreams are born from it.« henri bosco

who hasn’t tried to catch their shadow while walking back then? who has not wondered about this strange apparition that constantly accompanies us, but also always slips away? from plato’s »allegory of the cave« to carl gustav jung’s »analytical psychology« to the dream world of every human being, the shadow veils and reveals the secrets of the world.

where does this shadow come from? what does the shadow tell us? and where does it escape to when we no longer see it? what is this shadow that wanders in search of its body, and what is a body without a shadow?
the crazy attempt to catch the shadow is always doomed to failure.

»in these shadow phases i am unable to think, to feel, to love.« fernando pessoa

but there are also shadows that cover our existence. they unfold, act and live-in silence. shadows can have many names… they appear around the corner, in the unexpected and suddenly take possession of us. shadow sides that dwell within us and that we carry with us. shadows that arise, full of doubts, full of illusions. they reach out to the visible world through our senses and take possession in impermanence.


TFB Nr. 1514

Cast & Credits

Concept / choreography / space / costumes: Toula Limnaios
Music: Ralf R. Ollertz
Dance / creation: Daniel Afonso, Leonardo D’Aquino, Francesca Bedin, Laura Beschi, Alba de Miguel, Alessio Scandale, Hironori Sugata, Karolina Wyrwal
Choreographic assistance: Ute Pliestermann
Technical director / lightdesign: Felix Grimm
Lighting & stage technics: Domenik Engemann
Touring cooperations: Marie Schmieder
The cie. toula limnaios is institutionally funded by the State of Berlin, Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

HALLE Tanzbühne Berlin

cie. toula limnaios / HALLE Tanzbühne Berlin
Eberswalder Straße 10
10437 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)

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