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Recording: 2024-06-07 , Tanzfabrik Berlin (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Fernanda Silva

Ein Tanz für Valeska Gert

FEMINIST FUTURES WEEKEND | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

The stage as a free space for marginalized characters

For Brazilian trans artist Fernanda Silva, the stage is a place where she can live her identity freely. In her homage «Ein Tanz für Valeska Gert», she follows in the footsteps of the controversial grotesque dancer, cabaret artist and dance avant-gardist of the golden 1920s. Silva’s solo work is a very personal encounter with Gert. Reality and fiction, memories of her own origins and biography intersect with the life and work of an icon who not only inspired the expressionists and the punk scene, but also became a symbol of female resistance. A surreal kaleidoscope of two very different and yet similar women and artists.

Fernanda Silva (she/her) is a Brazilian actress, dancer and choreographer. She directs the Grupo de Teatro Metáfora, which is based in Parnaíba in the state of Piauí. Founded 30 years ago, the today´s Espaço Cultural Metáfora has established itself as a place of active political resistance since 2005. Silva has been performing on stage since the age of fifteen. Her own works include: «Trovoada» (Thunderstorm), «The Lady Macbeth» and «Antônia uma luz que chora» (Antônia – The Crying Light), as well as «Impossivel estuprar esta Mulher cheia de vícios» (It is impossible to rape this woman full of vices) and «Involuntários da Pátria» (Involuntaries of the Fatherland) together with researcher and curator Sonia Sobral. Silva also recently took part in the dance piece «Uirapuru» by Brazilian choreographer Marcelo Evelin. She began researching her solo «A Dance for Valeska Gert» in Brazil in 2021. She will expand on this during her residency at Tanzfabrik Berlin in 2024.


TFB Nr. 1898

Cast & Credits

Creation & Performance: Fernanda Silva
Thanks to: Lia Rodrigues, Sonia Sobral, Marcelo Evelin.

A production by Fernanda Silva.
Supported by apap – FEMINIST FUTURES, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and the Goethe Institute.

The residency of Fernanda Silva from May 13, 2024, to June 2, 2024, is part of a cooperation between Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças and apap – FEMINIST FUTURES, a project co-funded by the 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 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)

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