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Recording: 2016-01-14 , Tanztage Berlin 2016 | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Rike Flämig, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke


Tanztage Berlin 2016 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

In Idiosyncrasies, the performers use the sociological term “TCK” as a platform to conduct in depth research within the post-colonial and post-communist discourse. Radical improvisation, physical scores and personal stories are their means to examine how their childhood realities are physically inscribed and later carried over after their shift to a western society. Rike Flämig und Zwoisy Mears-Clarke at the age of 13 moved from East to West Germany and from Jamaica to the US, respectively. As the performers trace common lines in their identity building process, their peculiarities in relation to their social environments become visible.

RIKE FLÄMIG is a Leipzig born performer and choreographer based in Berlin. She studied Performance Art, Theology and Dancemaking in Hildesheim, Kassel, Utrecht and Amsterdam. At the moment Rike collaborates with video artist Felipe Frozza, performer Julia Bihl, Institut for WiP and Choreographer Johanne Timm. Her performative tour Site efFacts was presented at B-Tours Festival. Her short film Disruptions is shown at Cinedans Amsterdam and at Festivals in Mexiko, Egypt & Japan.

ZWOISY MEARS-CLARKE studied Dance and Biomedical Engineering at Oberlin College and Columbia University. Zwoisy’s work focuses on the translation of untold stories into movement. The aim of this process remains to provide alternatives ways to share experiences and form connections between estranged communities. In 2015, Zwoisy developed a one-to-one performance for Tanztage Berlin’s Strip Down To Everything.

MARTYA POZNANSKA studied Sound Art at the University of The Arts London (UAL) and at Berlin’s University of the Arts (UdK). As as a sound artist, she develops compositions out of field recordings, urban environments and organic materials. Her composition as well as installative works have been shown at Spor Festival, DK (2013) and at “Deutsche Oper Berlin. She works often with choreographers and dancers such as Dam Van Huynh Company, Johanne Timm and Ania Nowak.

Cast & Credits

CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE: Rike Flämig, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke
MUSIC: Martyna Poznanska
Supported by Lake Studios Berlin, ada – Studio, Urbanraum Berlin and Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Thanks to Burkhard Oelmann, Felipe Frozza, Louise Truehart and Roni Katz.
LITERATURE: Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. / Grzinic, Marina quoted in Marco Stamenkovic. I’ll be your angel. Performing the Postsocialist Body in the West. / Lettari, Adriana, Christian Nestler, and Jane Porath. Children in the Berlin Republic and Europe. Transformation competence. An etymological, transdisciplinary exploration. / Pollock, David C., and Ruth E. Van Reken. ThirdCultureKids: Growing Up Among Worlds.

The 25th Tanztage Berlin are a production by SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Museo Universitario del Chopo, Goethe-Institut, Institut français, French Ministry of Culture and Communication / DGCA and mapping dance berlin.


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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)

Rike Flämig / Trailers and Video Documentations

Zwoisy Mears-Clarke / Trailers and Video Documentations

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