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Recording: 2022-01-15 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Layton Lachman, Samuel Hertz


Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

DOOM is a performance taking the form of a drone/doom-metal concert within an ever-shifting environment of vibrating hairs – and bodies. DOOM is an accumulation of grievances and a mapping of these grievances into an entanglement of snarls. DOOM is the foreboding of sounds shaking us, creating an obligation to imagine, to check, to envisage the connections between what we are in the habit of keeping separate. Even as apocalypses bloom around us, we dance non-stop and launch into a doom-metal concert, howling our approach to the end of the world – a collective grieving and celebration in the face of ongoing doom. We see, feel and hear the slow changes of an ending world and yet we propose a non-fatalistic way of attending to each other with care, imagining alternatives to the end-of-days scenario.

A text on DOOM by Maxi Wallenhorst has been published at >>>COVEN Berlin.

DOOM exists in the afterglow of the amazing work and legacy of Kathleen Hermesdorf (1967-2020) & Mariana Nobre Vieira (1989-2020).

Layton Lachman is a choreographer who creates performances rooted in somatics, channeling these experiential practices into immersive, sensorially complex worlds. Layton is committed to dance practice centered on group study and collective authorship — with the understanding that we are always collaborating with those who come before, after, and with us. After working in San Francisco alongside Abby Crain, Mara Poliak, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann, and SALTA, Layton relocated to Berlin. For the past five years they have often been engaged with T.E.N.T. collective — creating experimental curatorial platforms — as well as developing their own choreographies.

Samuel Hertz is a composer/researcher specialising in sound and climate. Past performances on infrasound, acoustic ecology, and radiophonic lunar transmission have been presented in such venues as Palais de Tokyo (FR), Fylkingen (SE), Pioneer Works (US), Opera North (UK), and the National Science + Media Museum (UK). Hertz has authored nine essays on sound and environment, and his research currently happens within The School of Infinite Rehearsals/Onassis Future Initiative.

emeka ene is a performer born in London, raised in Berlin. He is lead guitarist and singer in the post-punk band Clear History and is currently undertaking a BA in Dance, Context and Choreography at HZT Berlin. His current interest is in cities, places and spaces, which he engages with through walking scores choreographed by celestial bodies.

Caroline Neill Alexander received her BA degree in Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. For the past five years she has been living and working in Berlin, developing her own work as well as collaborating with other Berlin choreographers and T.E.N.T. Collective. In her own work, she deals with the space between person and persona and the blurred reality of reality. Caroline’s aesthetic is physical, technical, horrific, comedic, beautiful and grotesque and always incorporating voice and text. These ideas were explored in her latest solo works Full Moonay, Sharterlla: House of Desperation, and The Oasis.

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TFB Nr. 1603

Cast & Credits

CONCEPT: Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz
BY AND WITH: emeka ene & Caroline Neill Alexander
COSTUMES: Ivanka Tramp
LIGHTING: Gretchen Blegen
DRAMATURGY SUPPORT: Maxi Wallenhorst special thanks to Ethan Folk and Johannes Paul Raether, MINQ, Mara Poliak and Abby Crain, Philipp Bergmann and Thea Reifler, Matteo Graziano
A production by Layton Lachman/Samuel Hertz in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE.
With additional support from DIS-TANZEN and Musikfonds e.V.

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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