Production Details / Press Releases
The multidisciplinary performance is deconstructing and weaving together practices originating from contemporary dance and martial arts. The four protagonists of FISTS TO FLOWERS travel through states of resistance and complete surrender. Opposing forces wish to conquer one another, yet through the continuous collision they crumble and melt, giving space to intuitive exploration and vulnerability. Their body’s encounters receive new meanings: holding can be done with care, a flip or a throw can become a game of two animals. The physical relations between the performers shift between attachment and detachment. Rhythmical, highly physical sequences emerge and eventually bring them to exhaustion and catharsis.
Yotam Peled & the Free Radicals acts as a project-based company engaging different freelancers, focusing on contemporary interdisciplinary creation, addressing topics of gender, power structures and community rituals. The ensemble was established in September 2018, following the creation of Entropia, as part of ‘THINK BIG’ project at the State Opera of Hannover. Out of our understanding of the need for sustainable, independent performance art, we aim to establish a relationship with our local community, built on mutual exchange and growth. The Free Radicals, therefore, focus on creating and touring in Europe and operate both in conventional and alternative spaces, and often engage in workshops, and site-specific productions. Our creative process and output are centered around the body and the potential of movement to transform social codes. Aspects of our existence which are often considered dark, inappropriate, or wild, receive space and treatment in our performances, both as a space for healing and critical reflection.
The company’s independent creations include: ALPHA (2019), migrena2x2 (2021), fauna futura (2021), HEIMAT (2021), GET A GRIP (2021), Where the Boys Are (2023).
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Cast & Credits
Concept, Choreography, Performance: Yotam Peled
Collaborating Performers: Erin O’Reilly, Andrius Nekrasovas, Nicolas Knipping
Light Design: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Documentation: Valentin Braun
Production Management: Sofia Fantuzzi
Communication, Distribution: Laia Monyota / TINA agency
FISTS TO FLOWERS is a production of Yotam Peled & the Free Radicals in co-production with LOFFT – DAS THEATER. Gefördert von der Stadt Leipzig, Kulturamt.
The project is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, DOCK11 and TheaterHaus Mitte Berlin.
The research in 2022 was supported by Tanzhaus Zürich, Schloss Bröllin, and tanz-kultur-dialog Rosenhof.
DOCK 11 / DOCK ART GmbH
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):