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Recording: 2024-05-25 , ada Studio (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Andrea D’Arsiè

Grief Songs

A.PART Festival 2024 | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Production Details / Press Releases

The choreographic work “Grief Songs” aims to provoke a different sensory perception than the visual one. In it, Andrea works with strong basses, voice, and field recordings in a four-channel sound composition. The audience is invited to sit or lie in the room and perceive the piece with closed eyes.

“Grief Songs” is a sound solo composed with audio material recorded in the dance studio. The compositional dramaturgy includes vocal scores, breath work, field recordings, and concrete music, collaged and mixed in a four-channel spatialised audio. “Grief Songs” emerged from Andrea’s interest in discussing the boundaries and limits of a singular body in relation to its longings. A personal period of grief became an occasion to ask, from a state of discomfort, if the affects of grief can be lifted out of the purely negative and instead become a more complex landscape in which multiple feelings such as hope, connection and radical vitality can coexist. The piece proposes a shared experience of grief through the format of collective listening in which the audience is invited to lie down and perceive with their eyes closed. Andrea asks: What can you discover when you’re not feeling whole? How does one negotiate between different pieces of oneself, from something one has lost to something one calls for? “Grief Songs” invites the audience into a sonic landscape which attempts to move from a private perspective of grief towards a shared transformation.

Andrea D’Arsiè is a performer, musician and artist based in Berlin. Andrea works with the body as matter permeated by transformative affects. He is interested in the performing arts as a way to share embodied experience while affirming more complex ways of relating to the world and each other. He uses voice as a tool to explore movement and sound. He also plays live sets and DJ sets in ambient, noise and experimental music. Andrea studied visual arts and performing arts at IUAV in Venice. He completed the Tanzfabrik Dance Intensive Program in 2022/23 and is a danceWEB scholar in 2024. He has worked for performance artists such as Billy Bultheel and Isabel Lewis in the contexts of Berlin Atonal, Fondazione Prada, Santarcangelo Festival. Andrea self-released the EPs Many Scratches Make a World in 2022 and Spring’s Fury in 2024.


TFB Nr. 1893

Cast & Credits

Concept & Sound: Andrea D’Arsiè

A.PART Festival 2024
Curatorial team: Diethild Meier & Julek Kreutzer
Artistic direction & management ada Studio: Gabi Beier
Technical direction & lighting design: Robert Prideaux
Sound: Constantin Carstens
Access advice: Ann-Reb Thomas
PR/Social Media: Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird
Studio writer 2023/24: Maia Joseph
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe / Spartenoffene Förderung.

ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 21 80 05 07

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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