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Recording: 2022-09-11 , DOCK 11 (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Maria Rutanen, Valentina Menz, Gábor Hartyáni


soundance festival berlin | DOCK 11

Production Details / Press Releases

Through intimacy, sensitivity, and kinaesthetic empathy, Consolation explores how a body consoles another body. Delving into the experience of shared sensitization, two bodies sway, rock, hold, and carry each other as a driving force for movement. Intertwined, the bodies orbit around each other and become fragile, exhausted, and enchanted. The work examines caring touch, lamentations, pulsating movement, melancholic melodies, and the tradition of weeping women as possible ways of sharing grief.

Maria Rutanen (FI) is a dance artist, teacher, and choreographer working in Berlin. She holds a Master’s degree in Choreography from the Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin (HZT). Since 2011 she has realized her choreographic work and been part of various collaborative projects. Currently, she works in filmmaking. Her approach to dance and choreography is influenced by somatic practices, instant composition, and contact improvisation, which she is also teaching. She has taught dance and movement in Finland, Germany, Denmark, Bolivia, India, and Iran.

Valentina Menz: I am currently studying for a Master’s degree in Choreography at the Inter-university Center for Dance Berlin (HZT). I am exploring improvisation as a space that enables the exploration of ways of being together through different strategies and tactics inspired by contact improvisation and afro rhythms. In 2010 I founded, with other collaborators, the Red de Mediación Artística, where I developed art projects and critical pedagogy. Since 2015 I have collaborated as a performer and choreographer in creative and research processes in Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Germany.

Gábor Hartyáni started to improvise parallel to his classical studies 18 years ago. Later he moved toward instant composition, jazz, electronic, and world music. Besides his solo project FLoHM, he is the curator of the interdisciplinary series “instant compositionality”, the founder of the world fusion collective Khayâl and the cellist of the electronic live act NORLYZ, the Euroafrican nomad chanson group Maemo and the urban pop duo Tabula Rasa. While collaborating in Berlin, Amsterdam and Budapest he keeps on listening, (re)searching and experimenting as part of his commitment to constant development.

soundance festival berlin 2022
International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Music
The sixth edition of the Festival for Contemporary Dance and Music presents current pieces and new collaborations by international Berlin artists. In addition to choreographed, composed pieces, improvisational approaches to dance and sound find their stage moment in the festival. Over five days, the festival at DOCK 11 presents a multifaceted program on stage and invites the audience to be close to the current artistic works between dance and music.


TFB Nr. 1684

Cast & Credits

Concept, Choreography, Performance: Maria Rutanen
Co-Creation, Performance: Valentina Menz
Co-Creation, Cello: Gábor Hartyáni

soundance festival berlin 2022
Artistic production management, curation: Jenny Haack
The soundance festival berlin 2022 is a project of b.arts.u – berlin arts united gUG in co-production with DOCK ART, 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)

Maria Rutanen / Trailers and Video Documentations

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