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Recording: 2020-10-17 , Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Shannon Cooney

Fluid Resilience

Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

Fluid Resilience shares the subtle and amplified connection of water in Nature through a lens of socio-ecological Resilience, in the processes of reconnecting to the biosphere.

Taking inspiration from Resilience theory and practice
Imbued with dance research in the Fluid Body; Infused by decades of curiosity, wonder, and awe with it’s complexity, movement and consciousness
Complex Adaptive Social-Ecological System theory as a score
Practice of the movement of the fluids of the body, moving the body
Earth’s water shapes and forms land, embodied: its precarity, preciousness, vitality and resilience
The sound of water, light movement with water: An installation space to expand the intimate, and expose the dynamic connective Nature of water
We are essentially water
Water is essential

Shannon Cooney, is a Canadian dance artist: choreographer, performer, facilitator and dance educator. She has been presenting her choreography since 1993 in Canada, Europe and the UK. She’s performed in many choreographers’ works, and danced from 1994-2006 with Toronto-based Dancemakers. She has lived in Berlin since 2006, and since then her focus has been in the research and development of a teaching practice melding dance with Craniosacral principals called Dynamic Expansion, Moveable Cinema. This teaching practice is the “garden” for her choreographic projects, recent works include: Fielding: solo with Cases (2018), Fielding (2017), every one everyone (2013), acoustic sightlines (2012), Assemblages (2011) and dance-video installation, Spiral Pendulum: dance (2009). She teaches locally and internationally for dance centres, companies and universities including: Cullberg and Weld Company, DOCH University of the Arts Stockholm, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Universtiy of Art in Berlin, HZT- BA dance program, P.A.R.T.S. (BE) fabrik Potsdam, ImPulsTanz, Tanzquartier Wien, Circuit-Est, Montreal, Dancemakers, Toronto’s Love-In Toronto, Dance House, Dublin (IR), for the independent dance scene in Istanbul, Turkey, and ongoing at Tanzfabrik-Berlin. As a creative facilitator she works with students as well as artists and collectives, including Kondition Pluriel-Marie-Claude Poulin, Alison Denham, with Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot, and Francesca Pedulla. She also has a private practice where she facilitates personal and professional development through expanded consciousness, co-creatively with Nature, craniosacral and movement awareness. In Berlin, she and her partner are stewards of an organic a permaculture garden.

Jared Gradinger is an interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of performance, dance, social art and ecology. Since moving to Berlin in 2002, he has been developing long-term collaborations and unique artistic practices, connecting community and Nature and exploring different forms of co-existence, whilst exploring the question, ‘What can we do together that we cannot do alone?” He has a long term artistic collaboration with Angela Schubot, with whom he creates extremely physical work dedicated to exploring new forms of co-existence through an unconditional togetherness, most recently in co-creation with Nature. He co-created the Impossible Forest, a 240m2 garden on the Uferstudios area dedicated to the non humans and the unseens. He continues to co-create gardens in different forms. He is a co-founding member of Constanza Macras Dorky Park (2002-2009) and the Social Muscle Club (2013-2019). He has ongoing work relationships with Meg Stuart, Liz Rosenfeld, Shelley Etkin, Stefan Rusconi, HAU, Sophiensaele, Uferstudios and Theater o.N. Jared has worked with William Forsythe, Jeremy Wade, Aleesa Cohene, Flutgraben and others. He continues to teach and offers mentoring to artists, groups and students. He was awarded dancer of the year in 2011.

Sigal Zouk is a dancer/artist working in Berlin since 1997. She received her training at the Emek Izrael Dance School and joined the BatSheva Ensemble from 1994-96. After moving to Berlin and working with artists such as Luc Dunberry and Juan Cruz Dias de Esanola, she became a member of Sasha Waltz and Guests from 1999-2004. In 2005, she began her collaboration with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods; first as a dancer and then as choreographic advisor/outside eye for the work of Stuart and Gehmacher as well as Stuart’s following works. In 2007, she began her long time collaboration with Laurent Chetouane in which she created 10 dance and theatre works for the stage. She has worked with other artists such as Boris Charmantz (Musee de la Dans), AWST & Walter, Zeirkratzer, Simone Aughterlony, Ian Kaler et al. During the past few years she has begun to develop her teaching practice where she guides professional dancers to locate their feeling body to a presence that has the potential to navigate in and through any situation. She teaches in several European dance departments and institutions including Tanzfabrik Berlin, HZT, ZZT Hochschule für Music und dance Köln, DDSKS Copenhagen, DOCH Stockholm, Academy for dance in Bucharest and Ponderosa. Zouk accompanies artists and choreographers such as Jared Gradinger/ Angela Schubot, Meg Stuart , Sheena McGrandles, Antje Shupp, The progressive wave, Tamara Rettenmund and Mor Demer on their artistic journey, helping them to work with their limitations and their potentiality. She was awarded the best performer in Dortmund Festival 2010 as well as dancer of the year from Tanz Magazine 2011.

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TFB Nr. 1480

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography, performance: Shannon Cooney
Co-creative performers: Jared Gradinger, Sigal Zouk
Dramaturgy: Igor Dobricic
Sound: Marla Hlady
Light: Emese Csornai 
Dress: Nina Gundlach
Biologist – Resilience Practitioner: Allyson Quinlan
Production Manager: Diego Nawrath
Co-Operative producer: Tanzfabrik-Berlin

With support from: Dance Ireland Choreographic research residency 2019, Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency 2019, The Farm Studios Rajasthan Residency 2020
With funding from The Canada Council for the Arts, Canada in Germany Special Initiative, the government of Canada and Tanzfabrik Berlin.
The project is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.
Special thanks to Mira Moschallski, Ludger Orlok, Jürgen Török, Kirsten Maar, Silke Bake, Alicia Grant and Bruno Pocheron.

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Artistic director: Ludger Orlok, Jacopo Lanteri
Production management: Juan Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication, press, editorial: Felicitas Zeeden
Technical management: Martin Pilz
The performance program of the Tanzfabrik Berlin is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by 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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