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Recording: 2021-09-26 , Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Sheena McGrandles

DAWN: a musical on reproduction


Production Details / Press Releases

In an autofictional musical, Sheena McGrandles interweaves personal experiences with myths and narrations from ancient and contemporary times, in order to speculate about our possible futures and the role of reproduction. Together with a temporary collective of Berlin artists, DAWN explores different perspectives on parenthood and the power of the child as a symbol of hope. Where does the human need to create a family come from? Which bodies may and can reproduce, how and where? What wishes do we project onto a child who, as part of a new generation, could permanently change our current society with its classic family constructs and role distributions?

Four bodies on the edge of fertility enter into a dialogue with Dawn, a Goddess with rosy fingers, that opens the gates of heaven for the Sun-God to rise. At sundown, this Goddess dies, only to be reborn again the next morning. Together with a small choir of childless people, they create an experimental musical that combines concert, spoken word and performance into a multi-layered and humorous artistic work.

Sheena McGrandles is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin. She works in various contexts including theatre/stage, education and independent art and culture projects. Her current group of works explores radical temporality as a means of detailed exploration and exaggeration of movement. Her works create hyper-real, multi-narrative and humorous moving landscapes. Sheena presents her works nationally and internationally, including London (The Place), Amsterdam (something raw), Berlin (Sophiensæle), Mexico City (Museo Universitario Del Chopo), Los Angeles (PSSST). With Figured, Sheena McGrandles was invited to the Tanzplattform 2020.


TFB Nr. 1577

Cast & Credits

Concept: Sheena McGrandles
By and with: Sheena McGrandles, Moss Beynon Juckes, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Colin Self, Stellan Veloce & Marta Forsberg
Choir direction: Colin Self I Choir: Olympia Bukkakis, Marek Polgesek, Emeka Ene, Valerie Renay
Co-Concept, Dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Lighting Design, Technical Director: Annegret Schalke
Sound Tech: Ivan Bartsch
Set & Costumes: Michiel Keuper, Martin Sieweke
Vocal coach: Ignacio Jarquin
Choreographic Outside Eye: Maria F. Scaroni
Irish Dance Coach: Constantin Kirsten
Production: ehrliche Arbeit – freelance office for culture

A Sheena McGrandles production, in cooperation with ehrliche Arbeit – freelance office for culture and Sophiensaele.
Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe – Mobility Fund „Draussenstadt“.
Supported by the PSR Collective, Uferstudios and Tanzfabrik.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

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)

Sheena McGrandles / Trailers and Video Documentations

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