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Recording: 2014-01-05 , Tanztage Berlin 2014 | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Lea Kieffer, Michael Shapira


Tanztage Berlin 2014 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

She keeps talking about the iceberg. I move, I stop. Suddenly, without warning, I feel the frozen ground and realize we are already there. We are surrounded by unknown nature and countless possibilities of heroic acts. We are drifting into the notoriously deep water of improvisation. The whales are just under the surface, the polar bears may come at any moment, and it can get very cold.

Using improvisation, we create a map of our own experiences, and share this map with others. We continue to explore the personal and the compositional and use elements from both in our performance. Our working frame is a coherent contradiction. We spend time in imagined icy landscapes, with pissed off celebrities and playful predators. When we enter the stage, our only agreement is to fully commit to what appears.

LEA KIEFFER is a performer/ dance-maker whose work focuses on improvisation, the practice of wildness and contact improvisation. She combines a deep interest in physical challenges and rigorous physical work with imagery. She is a nomad artist performing and teaching in Europe and overseas.

MICHAEL SHAPIRA’S passion for Contact Improvisation has led him to study improvisation, which remains his main field of practice. In 2013 he received the Tanzstipendium from the Culture Administration of Berlin, and his solo Glorious George The Jewish Gargoyle, created in colaboration with Lea Kieffer, won the first prize at the solo contest in the Gdansk Dance Festival.

“Dry Love is a drive towards glory. A quest for two heroes. We imagine characters, situations and sensations, and let them feed our physical work. We create and map our own world of experience by engaging in a range of scores, including Contact duets, side-coached solo work, rituals and dialogues. In this frame of work a series of improvised episodes emerges.”

Lea Kieffer + Michael Shapira

Cast & Credits

CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE: Lea Kieffer, Michael Shapira
MUSIC: Manon Parent
COSTUME: Lea Kieffer
Supported by Tanztage Berlin and SOPHIENSÆLE.
Thanks to James Peachy, Rocio Marano

Artistic director: Arianne Hoffmann & Peter Pleyer
Production management: Franziska Schrage
Production office: Cilgia Gadola
Technical Management: Walter Freitag, Fabian Lehmann, Eugen Böhmer
The 23. Tanztage Berlin are a  Production of Tanztage Berlin GbR and SOPHIENSÆLE GmbH, in cooperation with Tanzfabrik Berlin, the Polish Institute Berlin, Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk.
Funded by Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Allianz Kulturstiftung, Arts Council Korea, Balletcentrum am Kurfürstendamm, Mapping Dance and TanzScout Berlin.


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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)

Lea Kieffer / Trailers and Video Documentations

Michael Shapira / Trailers and Video Documentations

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