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Recording: 2019-11-03 , Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Matteo Marziano Graziano

Deep Sky Objects

Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

Us people are just poems. We’re ninety percent metaphor.
Ani DiFranco

Part dance piece, part choreographic happening, »Deep Sky Objects« is a collective poetic effort to expand the finitude of our bodies by flirting with astronomical distances and loopholes in time. A group of performers surrenders to the felt and imagined forces of an altered field in order to inspect and expose affections, resistances, isolations and solidarities. Matteo Marziano Graziano is fascinated by the overlaps of post-material sciences with paranormal phenomena. In »Deep Sky Objects«, he researches the channeling properties of the body – that is, the body’s capability to trace the subtle information of a space in real time and make it visible.

Matteo Marziano Graziano is a Berlin-based queer choreographer, whose work exists between the fields of contemporary performance, experimental music theatre and opera. His choreographic practice deals with questions of embodiment in relation to affects and consciousness. This practice leads to moving image making processes and explores the notion of subjectivity within spectatorship. After receiving a MA in Choreography at HZT Berlin in 2014, Graziano has been danceWEB scholarship recipient in 2017. Since 2018 he is in-house choreographer at BTT Balletto Teatro di Torino, and in the same year he won the Young Direction Prize at Macerata Opera Festival. His choreographic work has been presented at PACT Zollverein, Schaubühne Berlin, KOW Gallery, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, among others. He has recently performed for Doris Uhlich, Amanda Piña, Emio Greco, Lucinda Childs and Tino Sehgal.

Samuel Hertz is a Berlin-based sound artist and researcher working at intersections of Earth-based sound, sonic sensualities, and climate change. Having studied composition with experimental music pioneers such as Pauline Oliveros, Hertz works fluidly between the worlds of composed music for ensembles, electronic music and performance. His most recent project involves Earth-Moon-Earth radio relays, working in cooperation with international radio telescopes to reflect radio signals off of the Moon. He is the author of six essays on sound, most recently “Condensations” (Critical Path/Critical Dialogues) and “THE BIG BANG and what we left behind” on Sonic Field.

Yuri Shimaoka is a dancer/performer. She studied art history at Dokkyo university in Japan and has trained herself to dance by drawing. Her sources range from ballet school to YouTube and magazines, to visiting The Forsythe Company and assisting Yoko Ando, a former dancer in the company. Since the beginning of 2015 she is based in Berlin and has worked with various artists in different settings, in theaters and museums as well as in the street. She has worked at Deutsche Oper Berlin and, among others, with Marten Spangberg, Julia Maria Koch, Christine Bonansea, Tomer Zirkilevich, and Matteo Marziano Graziano.

Zoe Goldstein is a dancer and performer, with a background in medical anthropology. Her influences include Butoh, Body Weather, contemporary dance and improvisation. She completed the Dance Intensive program at Tanzfabrik Berlin in 2018. She has been working with Matteo Marziano Graziano since 2018.

Linards Kulless works in different media like video, photo and installation. The artistic playground of Kulless includes theatre performances, new media, outfit and interior concepts. Kulless also works as a VJ since 2001. He exposes his work in art exhibitions since 1999. In his art projects there are often found ethnographic influences, esoteric knowledge and a search for identity.

Olivia McGregor is a dance artist from New Zealand currently based in Berlin. After graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2010, Olivia joined Footnote Dance Company (2011-2014) performing in works by choreographers Lisa Densem, Kate McIntosh and BodyCartography Project, among others. Since moving to Berlin in 2016, she has been working within Europe in film, performance, installations and dance. She has worked with Jeremy Shaw, Julian Weber, Constanza Macras, Andre Uerba and Wilhelm Groener.

Ronald Berger is a dancer and performer from Costa Rica, currently based in Berlin. Growing up in Costa Rica influenced him in his connection with nature, its relation to movement and its performativity. Also the conflict between his sexuality and the strong catholic and chauvinist context in his homeland, influenced a constant debate, analysis and questioning of social behavior. Ronald was part of SMASH Berlin #10 and has worked with Moritz Sauer, Susie Yugler and Julian Weber.

Lyllie Rouviere is a choreographer/dancer. She locates her work at the nexus of spatialities and bodies. Her recent works as choreographer include: Esprit (with suddenly collective), Perineum (with Julian Weber), Air-conditioning (with Julek Kreutzer), Fort Da III Unbox (for Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop), Schwärmen (with Ivan Ekemark and Julek Kreutzer). She has collaborated as a performer a.o. with Doris Uhlich, Anna Aristarkhova and Xenia Taniko. She graduated in architecture and from “Dance, Context, Choreography” at HZT Berlin.

Josefine Göhmann is a German-Chilean soprano based in Berlin; for Opéra National de Lyon she made appearances as Monteverdi’s Poppea, Drusilla, Virtù, Rossini’s Cefisa, Zemlinsky’s Blumenmädchen, Denisov’s Deuxième Fille at Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Vichy, Théâtre National Populaire Villeurbanne, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris, Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles and Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo under the baton of maestri Alberto Zedda, Lothar Koenigs and director’s works such as Klaus Michael Grüber/Ellen Hammer and Richard Brunel. Recitals, chamber music and contemporary music led her to Semperoper Dresden, Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker, Reaktor Wien including works by Messiaen, Piazzolla, Weill, Reyes Macahis and Herraiz.

Michael Tsouloukidse studied philosophy, politics and economics in Witten/Herdecke and completed a dance education in Berlin. Currently he is occupied with the religious dimension of neoliberal narratives of success, and he is wondering about the possibilities of politicizing bodywork. He lives, studies and works in Berlin.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1386

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography: Matteo Marziano Graziano
Concept consultancy: Silke Bake
Performance: Yuri Shimaoka, Zoe Goldstein, Olivia McGregor, Ronald Berger, Lyllie Rouvière, Josefine Göhmann, Linards Kulless, Samuel Hertz
Spatial design and costume: Matteo Marziano Graziano, Linards Kulless
Musical composition: Samuel Hertz
Project assistance: Michael Tsouloukidse
Production management: casa * marziano
Supported by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
Co-production: Tanzfabrik Berlin
Supported by PACT Zollverein, KOW Galerie und Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Open Spaces
Artistic director: Ludger Orlok
Production management: Juan Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication, press, editorial: Felicitas Zeeden
Technical management: Martin Pilz
Festival assistance: Dominique Tegho
The performance program of the Tanzfabrik Berlin is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

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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