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Recording: 2016-05-14 , DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

David Brandstätter, shifts | art in movement



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What is freedom? And what is freedom demanding from us? Is freedom even a task? Inspired by a selection of moments, dialogues and personnal experience, David Brandstätter portrays his vision of freedom, in a continuing dialog between thoughts, space and body. Balancing, shifting between movement, text, sound and visual installation, he describes being free as a path of constant questioning, of critical negotiations with oneself and of liberating ones imagination.

David Brandstätter came from juggling and unicycling to dance when he started his study of choreography in EDDC in Arnhem in 2001.Together with Malgven Gerbes, they founded s h i f t s – art in movement. The name of this group founded in 2007 defines its profile: Under the foundation of s h i f t s lays the core conviction that constant changes of perspective, shifting balance, the modification of starting positions and external parameters are all conditions essential to a serious and ongoing examination of the art practices to which they have committed themselves.

s h i f t s – art in movement presented their work in Berlin in: Sophiensaele, Tanzfabrik, Uferstudios, Podewil, Dock 11, Labor Gras. Nationally and internationally among others in: fabrik Potsdam, Kunstfest Weimar, Tanz Heilbronn, DANCE München, Tanzhaus NRW, Muffatwerk München, Le Phare – CCN du Havre, Le Triangle de Rennes, Les Hivernales d’Avignon, Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Temps d’Images in Cluj, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Shanghai Grand Theatre. s h i f t s teaches parallely in Dance and Choreographic Departments in diverse universities and creates numerous choreographic collectivity projects.

Cast & Credits

Conception, choreography: David Brandstätter
Dramaturgical advice: Malgven Gerbes, Howard Katz
Texts: David Brandstätter in dialogue with Alexandros Mistriotis, Hatto Fisher, David Williams, Gabriele Wittmann, Katja Kettner
Speaker: Martin Clausen
Music: David Brandstätter, Ruth Wiesenfeld
Light: Michael Kunitsch, Thomas Achtner
Tech: Aurora Rodriguez, Claire Terrien
Production: Katja Kettner
PR: Kathrin Schäfer
A production by s h i f t s – art in movement
Co-production: fabrik Potsdam: Artists-in-Residence, Giesinger Bahnhof Munich
Residences: Collectif Danse Rennes Métropole, Tanztendenz Munich, Théâtre Bouxwiller, Wiesenburg Berlin
Sponsor: Kahla porcelain
Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., the BLZT Performing Arts Fund, Kulturreferat München
Thanks to Peter Pleyer, DOCK 11


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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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