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Recording: 2021-06-12 , soundance festival berlin | DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Howool Baek, Matthias Erian

Foreign body_trio

soundance festival berlin | Streaming | DOCK 11

Production Details / Press Releases

Bodies that do not fit within the framework of society are treated as foreign bodies and are ultimately rejected. The choreographer wants to look at society through three such different bodies. The unfamiliar body forms that the three bodies create turn over stereotypes about the body. 6 Channels surround sound creates an unfamiliar atmosphere. This performance explores how the audience perceives them and questions the meaning of “foreignness” in our society.

Berlin based Korean choreographer Howool Baek has been working on exploring in detail individ-ual body fragment without face, and suggesting different perspective of the body through decon-struction and transformation of the body. Through the breaking stereotypes of the body, she wants that the audience to look at society from a different perspective. Since 2009, her works have pre-sented internationally such as Dublin Dance Festival, Tanec Praha, Tanzmesse, Noorderzon Festi-val, B-Motion Festival, etc.

Matthias Erian | digital diffused and recycled sonic attitude / Austrian freelance artist living and working in Berlin / Occupation as electroacoustic composer, live-performer, sound-engeenier, o-tone work and sound design for cine film, movie, dance- and theater productions, make sound/movie installation, multi-channel concepts (surroundsound) / Various concerts and performances in Europe and Asia / Founder and curator of the Festival New Adits, Klagenfurt, Austria.

Nicole Michalla is a self taught artist from Argentina whose passion about the bodies led her to study its anatomy, physiology, mechanics and its relation to time-space through dance and move-ment. Owning a Masters degree in Nutrition by Buenos Aires University, she decided Science in her life needed to transcend into art regardless the field. Since then she has been collaborating with visual, media and sound artists who nourished deeply her movement and creative practice in permanent growth.

Lorenzo Savino was born the 30th of March 1995 in Italy, he started studying dance when he was a child exploring various styles. At the age of sixteen he moved to Florence where he took part in the school of the Ballet of Tuscany. After about a year he takes part in the Junior company ‘’Balletto di Toscana’’ taking part to many productions including ‘’Giselle’’ by Eugenio Scigliano and ‘’Romeo e Giulietta’’ by Davide Bombana. In 2018 he moved to Berlin where the freelance career started col-laborating with choreographer like Howool Baek, The Progressive Wave and others. Now he is working on his own performance which is still in progress.

Shoko Seki graduated from “Showa University of Music”, and joined “Noism2” in Japan. In addition to freelance dance performances and choreography work, she taught classical ballet/ contemporary dance for many dance studios in Japan. She joined “Hong Kong International Choreographer Festival” as a residency artist and performed “Deadline” in “Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017” as a solo dancer, the performance was 45min and 25 consecutive in the summer. She joined “Tanzcompagnie Volkstheater Rostock” in Germany and currently works as a freelance dancer.

The soundance festival berlin presents joint projects by dancers, choreographers, musicians and composers from the Berlin independent scene and invites international guest artists. As a stimulus for dialogue between the various disciplines, the festival presents a broad spectrum of artistic styles, from contemporary dance to real-time music, from Post Butoh to New Jazz and improvisation – analog and electronic. Across generations, diverse works and formats between sound and movement will be experienced by audiences in theater and urban space.


TFB Nr. 1522

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Howool Baek
Sound design / computer: Matthias Erian
Dance: Nicole Michalla, Lorenzo Savino, Shoko Seki
Light design: Hendrik Haupt
Supported by EXPO Festival.
Light: Asier Solana

soundance festival berlin 2021
Artistic production management, curation: Jenny Haack
Co-curation Open Call: Meinrad Kneer
Production & festival assistant: Helene Suhr
Social media, PR: Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird
Press: Kerstin Böttcher
Technical direction: Asier Solana
In coproduction with the DOCK11 team

The soundance festival berlin 2021 is a project by b.arts.u – berlin arts united in coproduction with DOCK ART and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


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)

Howool Baek / Trailers and Video Documentations

Matthias Erian / Trailers and Video Documentations

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