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Recording: 2023-11-04 , DOCK 11 (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Tanzcompagnie Joshua Monten

Faking it


Production Details / Press Releases

In a secluded clearing a group of four dancers engages in that most fundamental of all dance activities: dancing to the beat. Forming a group, keeping together in time, moving their muscles rhythmically for a long period of time — these are some of the most meaningful activities we can imagine.

To the beats of percussionist Julian Sartorius’ hypnotic “Locked Grooves,” the dancers enact an encyclopedic catalog of dance rituals. Intricate circle dances mix with ecstatic trances and fitness exercises, fertility rites and initiation rituals, culminating in a sort of boot-camp forest-rave flash-mob mash-up. Amidst the stomping feet, a new community begins to emerge.

Almost everything is made up, of course. Making a dancing community requires a fundamental act of imagination. “Fake it ’till you make it” is the group’s motto. Our dancing bodies are adept instruments of deception, our dance forms are elaborate swindles. And yet we know of no better way to form a true community than to move together on the beat.


TFB Nr. 1825

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Joshua Monten
Dance: Alina Lugovskaya, Yiorgos Pelegias, Hannah Thomas, Jack Wignall, Francisco Ladrón de Guevara [alternate]
Dramaturgy: Manon Krüttli
Costume / Set design: Romy Springsguth
Music: Julian Sartorius, “Locked Grooves”
Sound design: Matthias Schoch
Apprentices: Yumio Chanoki, Mariana Morales Tomaz, Larissa de Villa
Produced by: Tough Love
Coproduction: Dampfzentrale Bern, Theater Hameln
We gratefully acknowledge financial suport from the following organizations: Kultur Stadt Bern, SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Migros Kulturprozent, Parrotia-Stiftung, Stiftung Anne-Marie Schindler, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Else v. Sick Stiftung, Bürgi-Willert-Stiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Ursula Wirz-Stiftung


Kastanienallee 79
10435 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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