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In his piece Formen Formen the choreographer and visual artist Julian Weber gathers 5 dancers from different generations and very different backgrounds to work on a space of interaction between body and material. The work focuses on the juxtaposition of object and human being and on the possibility of mutual shaping. What is a body? Where does it start and where does it end? Who is actor? Who is capable of acting?
Before the rehearsal time, Julian Weber produces a personal sculpture for each dancer. The dancers spend several months with their personal object or „counterpart“ in their private space and let it become part of their everyday life. During this period of time all dancers develop a 1-minute dance related to their personal sculpture. In the creation of these dances the detour through the object plays a central role. It is less about a
self-representation of the dancers, rather, when the dancers become visible and present this happens through the interaction with the interposed object.
The objects, the specific physicality of the dancers, as well as their private space are inscribed in the dances. These serve as starting point for the development of the dance piece, which is in turn intensively dealing with questions concerning the positioning of the body as a medium between the ephemerality of dance and the durable materiality of the object.
Cast & Credits
CHOREOGRAPHY, SCULPTURE: Julian Weber
CREATION, DANCE: Nik Haffner, Hermann Heisig, Peter Pleyer, Meg Stuart, Claudia Tomasi
LIGHT: Annegret Schalke, Víctor Fernàndez De Tejada Pequeño
MUSIC: Els Vandeweyer, Brendan Dougherty
PRODUCTION: Elisa Ricci
ASSISTANCE: Maricruz Leon
A production by Julian Weber in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten. Supported by Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V.
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):