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Recording: 2022-09-17 , Tanzfabrik Berlin / Uferstudios (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Emmilou Rößling

Copernicus Drift

Fold – Die erste Falte | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

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In “Copernicus Drift” four women dance together, evoking a space to contemplate the notion of paradigm shift – an irreversible advancement within a discipline, generating tension between new knowledge and the inevitable coming-to-an-end of established world views.

Sometimes you look up and let your eye travel along the sky and the stars. Eyelids heavy, and body settling into the grass while simultaneously detaching from the ground. There’s a sensation of being closer to the heavenly bodies, orbiting with the earth towards emerging dizziness. Attempts to think of things lost, you cannot remember. Things to come you cannot imagine, but mourn nonetheless. Waking up together, drowsy and damp from the grass. Stiff from the lingering cold before the sun rises again.

«Copernicus Drift» meanders through the private and the cosmic sphere, through intimacy and theory. These overlapping ambiguities, drifting levels of time and space, are linked to sensations of anxiety and grief, paradoxically experienced as a two-fold wishful anticipation of what is yet to come.

Emmilou Rößling’s work evolves around questions of representation and perception, often exploring different forms of camouflage, and using different media, including dance, performance, textiles, and sculpture, with an interest in occupying zones of indeterminacy. Her recent works, including THE FRATERNITY (2020), FLUFF (2019), WATER COOLER CHAT (2018), have been presented in venues such as Judson Church NYC, Sophiensaele Berlin, Arsenic Lausanne, Beursschouwburg Brussels, Mousonturm FFM and Frankfurter Kunstverein. Emmilou studied choreography in Gießen and at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and fine arts at the Städelschule Frankfurt.

Amanda Barrio Charmelo is a performer living in Brussels, originally from Lima Peru. She began her dance training in Peru and moved to France in 2010 to continue her studies at the Paris Conservatory. In 2016, Amanda graduated from P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Since then, she has collaborated with various artists including Liza Baliaznaja, DD Dorvillier, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Maud le Pladec, Eszter Salamon, Ula Sickle and Michiel Vandevelde. In addition to her work as a performer, Amanda is continuing her studies in political science at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

Rachell Bo Clark is a dancer from Melbourne Australia, living in Berlin. Rachell studied dance at the Victorian College of the Arts before moving to Europe in 2014, where she has established herself as a performer, artist and teacher. Inspired by the connective possibilities of dance, and the friendships, intimacy, and community it builds, Rachell continues to collaborate and perform with choreographers Sebastian Matthias, Ursina Tossi, Emmilou Rößling, Colette Sadler and visual artist Rachel Monosov, among others. In 2017 Rachell was part of DanceWEB scholarship, supported by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.

Hanako Hayakawa is a Japanese dancer, performer, and dance maker currently based in Berlin, Tokyo, and Brussels. She received her first dance training from Hakucho ballet academy. She also studied at Tama Art University where she majored in Performing Arts mentored by Saburo Teshigawara. She graduated from P.A.R.T.S. and works with international artists mostly from Europe and Asia such as: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Michiel Vandevelde, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe, Tino Sehgal, Miet Warlop, Phoebe Berglund, Nikima Jagudajev, Simon Van Schuylenbergh, Osamu Shikichi, Tetsuya Umeda.

Maika Knoblich is a performance maker and light designer. Since 2009 she has been part of the performance duo Quast & Knoblich with Hendrik Quast, pursuing their common interest of the theatricalization of the banal, grotesque and incidental. She has worked as a light designer and dramaturge since 2010 with choreographers such as Philippe Blanchard, Jeremy Wade, Olympia Bukkakis, Barbara Schmidt-Rohr, Billinger & Schulz, Karol Tyminski and the performance collective Skart. She studied at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen and at DasArts (now DAS) in Amsterdam.

Lucas Eigel (*1990) studied modern languages and maths in Cologne, Tubingen and Oxford. He is currently working on a DPhil thesis on receptions of antiquity around 1900, while teaching maths at a special needs school in Berlin.

Julia Yoo Soon Gröning (*1989 in Daegu/Southkorea) is a german korean violinist. At the age of twelve, she enrolled as a pre- college student at «Julius-Stern Institut» of the University of Arts in Berlin. She studied with renowned musicians such as Kolja Blacher, Latica Honda-Rosenberg and the Artemis Quartett at the UdK Berlin. 2017 Julia Gröning completed her Masters Degree with honors. She participates in regular international concert projects with Kammerakademie Potsdam, Ensemble Resonanz, Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin and Deutsche Sinfonieorchester Berlin . As soloist, she performed with orchestras such as the «Orchester des Nationaltheaters Mannheim“. Since 2018 Julia Gröning is a member of the Ensemble Quillo for contemporary music, supported by drosos Stiftung and Kulturstiftung des Bundes. From 2008-2021 Julia Gröning was a scholarship and grant holder from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She currently performs on a French violin from the Workshop of „Gand Frères“ from 1864.


TFB Nr. 1687

Cast & Credits

Choreography & Space: Emmilou Rößling
Performance: Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Rachell Bo Clark, Hanako Hayakawa, Emmilou Rößling
Original Music & Live Music: Mårten Spangberg, Julia Yoo Soon Gröning
Technical Direction : Maika Knoblich
With dances derived from audio described contributions by Vincent Riebeek, Isabel Lewis, Anna Nowicka, Fia Neises, Tarren Johnson, Alice Heyward
Text & research: Lucas Eigel, Emmilou Rößling

Individual project funding by the Berlin Senate, Kulturamt Frankfurt, Dis-Tanzen Solo
Residency support BUDA Kunstencentrum Kortrijk, Gasthof/Städelschule Frankfurt am Main and Tanzfabrik Berlin.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 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)

Emmilou Rößling / Trailers and Video Documentations

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