Production Details / Press Releases
A FORAY into real and imagined spaces fabulated through sound, movement and speech – in search of a mysterious creature that goes by the German name of Choreoturg, which lives in its own environment, yet also appears to smuggle dangerous knowledge and contagious experiences into and out of the theater.
After exploring the North Pole in Looking for Johnny (2007) and Nach Hause (2010), examining the vicissitudes of father-son relations in Repeater – Dance Piece with Father (2007), roaming the sidewalks of Berlin Mitte in The Walk (2012), observing the worlds of animals in Animal Dances (2013), and honing the attention in Unfinishing (2015), among other things, Der Choreoturg is the 13th joint adventure of Martin Nachbar and Jeroen Peeters.
JEROEN PEETERS is a writer, dramaturge and performer based in Brussels. His research focuses on questions of attention, embodied knowledge and sustainable development. Interested in documenting the ‘languages of making’, Peeters set up several dialogical projects with artists, which resulted for instance in a book in collaboration with Meg Stuart, Are we here yet? (Dijon, 2010). Recent publications include the book Through the Back: Situating Vision between Moving Bodies (Helsinki, 2014), and an artist edition in collaboration with Jack Hauser and Sabina Holzer, We don’t know what free jazz is (Vienna, 2015). With Jozef Wouters he created The Metaphors (2015), a lecture performance on the use of text and image in the debate on climate change.
MARTIN NACHBAR is a choreographer, dancer and writer, based in Berlin. He has collaborated in different functions with artists of different fields: Thomas Plischke, Vera Mantero, Les Ballets C. de la B., Meg Stuart, Thomas Lehmen, Jochen Roller, Martine Pisani and others. His research focuses on questions of sensation, perception, imagination and movement. Interested in reflecting on working processes, Nachbar has been writing continuously about the work he undertakes with his colleagues. Recent performances include Unfinishing (2015) with drummer Steven Heather, Repeater (2007) in Russia, Urheben Aufheben (2008) in Australia, Thingamagig (2014) with a team of collaborators, and Animal Dances (2013).
Cast & Credits
CONCEIVED, COLLAGED AND PERFORMED BY: Martin Nachbar, Jeroen Peeters
LIGHTS: Martin Pilz
MOVEMENT COACHING: Zoe Knights, Katja Münker
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Susanne Beyer
A production by Martin Nachbar in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH 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):