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Recording: 2022-01-22 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Lulu Obermayer

Death Valley Junction

Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

Upon discovering an abandoned theatre in the small settlement of Death Valley Junction, Marta Becket, a broadway dancer, choreographer and visual artist, changed her life completely, left her “conventional career” as a touring artist and moved to the desert to open up the Amargosa Opera House, where she lived and worked until her death in 2017. In Death Valley Junction, Lulu Obermayer celebrates Marta Becket’s legacy as an example of radical artistic practice and sheds light on endurance, longevity and sustainability in the performing arts. By interweaving the biography of Marta Becket with her own the performance wonders how against all odds art and life intertwine.

LULU OBERMAYER works with performance, opera, theater and choreography. After studying acting in New York City, she graduated with a BA (hons) in Contemporary Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2014) and an MA Solo Dance and Authorship at HZT. Since then, she has developed a solo trilogy on female lead roles in the operas of Giacomo Puccini and the ensemble piece L’Opra Fatale on female murderers in opera.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1609

Cast & Credits

LIGHT: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
SOUND: Matilde Sambo
TEXT SUPPORT: Max Kopelowicz

A production by Lulu Obermayer in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Kindly supported by MOtiVE Brooklyn.

Tanztage Berlin 2022
CURATOR: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Maciek Sado, Maxi Wallenhorst
The 31st edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V. and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.


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 Europe. 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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