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Recording: 2011-07-07 , DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Nir de Volff / TOTAL BRUTAL



Production Details / Press Releases

People choose their circle of friends – but when it comes to neighbors, we all seem to underlie the same random combinatorial mechanisms as concerning the family we are born into. Yet contrary to family, you need not necessarily share your table with your neighbors – unless, of course, you want to!

From a sociological perspective, a neighborhood can be described as a community with considerable face-to-face interaction amongst members.

In KOMOT, the choreography focuses on displaying the micro and macro levels of this phenomenon of neighbor ship. Zooming in and out on the details of humane manners, KOMOT exposes different political attitudes, cultural differences, and social backgrounds.

A single household meticulously guarded loneliness, carefully kept from the eye of the eternally spying neighbor, can be the same loneliness that brings people to disproportionally open their gates.

In this new performance, the ensemble of TOTAL BRUTAL illuminates the fictive scenario of neighbor-ship from France, Germany, Australia and Israel living in a shared apartment building. Where the encounter of diverse cultural egos and prejudices on the same floors practically destroy the individual demands for anonymity and private sphere, TOTAL BRUTAL stages the subtle conflicts and mirrors mankind facets in this borderline situation. Neighbors can be a nightmare by all means!

How do we protect ourselves from the ever lurking spy?

What if existential questions are threateningly transmitted upon the doormat, symbol of private sphere, that one day disappears without a trace?

Cast & Credits

Concept & Choreography: Nir De Volff
By and with: Florian Bilbao, Claus Erbskorn, Chris Scherer & Nir De Volff
Voice: Tom Wlaschiha
Music: Claus Erbskorn
Stage: Anke Gänz
Costume: Iva Wili
Light design: Felix Grimm
Press work: AUGUSTINPR
Production management & public relations: ehrliche arbeit – Freies Kulturbüro
Production & choreography assistant: Monica Ferrari
Director: Jonas Kling & Daniel Roth
Thanks to Almut Lustig
A Nir De Volff / TOTAL BRUTAL production. Sponsored by the Cultural Administration of Berlin and the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.. Supported by the Acco Theater Festival Israel. Supported by and produced in Dock 11 Berlin.


Kastanienallee 79
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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