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Recording: 2022-02-16 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Olivia Hyunsin Kim, Ddanddarakim

History has failed us, but…


Production Details / Press Releases

If I can’t dance it’s not my revolution. The performance History has failed us, but… deals with physical forms of protest and searches for a solidary togetherness while taking into account different bodies. Which narratives and images of resistance are remembered – and how are they told? Inspired by old and young protest movements such as the Gezi-Park Movement from Turkey or the Candlelight Protests of South Korea, Olivia Hyunsin Kim is concerned with finding new ways of empowerment for bodies that are perceived as “different” or “foreign” in society. Racist resentment, evident not only in electoral successes for right-wing parties but also in attacks on “racialized” bodies on the streets or in the theater, make us ask how we can feel safe and fight back. How can we, when language ends, find resistance and empowerment in dance and movement? With History has failed us, but… Olivia Hyunsin Kim creates an immersive and sensual stage piece that generates new spaces of encounter.

OLIVIA HYUNSIN KIM works as a choreographer and curator in Berlin, Frankfurt a.M. and Seoul. She won the first place of the Amadeu Antonio Arts Award 2019 for Miss Yellow and Me – I wanna be a musical. She completed her master’s degree in choreography and performance at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies Giessen and the HfMDK Frankfurt with distinction. In 2017 she was danceWEB scholarship holder at Impulstanz and is 2020/21 scholarship holder at the Kulturakademie Tarabya. Her work has been shown at Sophiensælen Berlin, Art Sonje Center Seoul, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Museo Universitario del Chopo Mexico City, among others.

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TFB Nr. 1616

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography, performance: Olivia Hyunsin Kim
Performance: Ji Sun Hagen, Tatiana Mejia, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez
Video Performance: Enis Turan
Live Music: Tatiana Heuman
Dramaturgy: Isabel Gatzke
Artistic Advice: Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez
Costume, stage: Kristin Gerwien
Construction of stage objects: Ole Wulfers
Lighting, video design: Jones Seitz
Pop Up Kitchen: Vicky Truong
Access Advice: Hyemi Jo
Interpreting German-DGS: handgold
Graphics: Christian Cattelan
Production management: ehrliche arbeit – Freie Kulturbüro

A production by Olivia Hyunsin Kim/ddanddarakim in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the maecenia foundation and the Performing Arts Fund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

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)

Olivia Hyunsin Kim / Trailers and Video Documentations

Ddanddarakim / Trailers and Video Documentations

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