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Recording: 2019-07-19 , Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Jess Curtis, Gravity


Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

How do you experience a performance? By seeing it? What if that’s not possible?

»(in)Visible«, dislocates vision from the center of your experience. Developed in collaboration with – and particularly focusing on access to culture for – blind and visually impaired audiences, »(in) Visible« is created and performed by an international cast of six blind, visually impaired and sighted body-based dancers/performers. Through dancing, singing, whispering and feeling, they make their way into your consciousness – bringing experimental dance/performance and sensory accessibility practices into a rich and moving interaction.

Gravity was founded in 2000 by choreographer-director Jess Curtis, whose distinctive body of work ranges from the underground extremes of San Francisco warehouse performances with such iconic companies as Contraband and CORE in the 1980s, to cooperation with the circus company Compagnie Cahin-Caha and European state theaters in Berlin, London, Glasgow, and other major cultural centers. Curtis’ choreography has been widely recognized for its excellence, originality, and inclusiveness; in 2011, he was honored with the Alpert Award for Choreography and the Homer Avila Award for innovation in physically inclusive dance. Additionally, Gravity has been recognized with six Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and a ‘Fringe First’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The company’s work consistently engages with issues of embodied diversity including gender, sexuality and disability, making compelling cases for the value that different bodies contribute to society; these works include Dances for Non/Fictional Bodies (2011), The Generation Project: Jess Meets Angus (2010), The Symmetry Project (2006-2014), Under the Radar (2007), Fallen (2001), and The Way You Look (at me) Tonight (2016). Under Curtis’ ongoing artistic direction, Gravity has premiered 12 full-length productions and many shorter works with co-producers in the U.S. and Europe, and has been seen in over 60 cities in 13 countries.

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TFB Nr. 1341

Cast & Credits

Concept, direction: Jess Curtis
Performance: Sherwood Chen, Gabriel Christian, Rachael Dichter, Sophia Neises, Xenia Taniko, Tiffany Taylor
Composition: Samuel Hertz
Costume, Scenic Design: Michiel Keupers
Assistant costume, stage: Martin Sieweke
Lighting Design, Technical Direction: Gretchen Blegen
Technical Direction (US): Alexandrea Maria Archuleta
Consultants: Georgina Kleege, Alva Noë, Gerald Pirner
Consultant SLI: Athina Lange
Production: Julia Danila, Alley Wilde
Production assistance: Alina Saggerer
Administrative associate: Chibueze Crouch

Funded by: Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin and Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien; MAP Fund, National Endowment for the Arts and California Arts Council; San Francisco Arts Commission, The Fleishhacker Foundation, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, Grants for the Arts
A production of: Jess Curtis/ Gravity
German premiere supported and presented by Tanzfabrik Berlin.

Open Spaces
Artistic director: Ludger Orlok
Production management: Juan Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication, press, editorial: Felicitas Zeeden
Technical management: Martin Pilz
Festival assistance: Dominique Tegho
The performance program of the Tanzfabrik Berlin is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 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)

Jess Curtis / Trailers and Video Documentations

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