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Recording: 2021-06-09 , soundance festival berlin | DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Annapaola Leso, Mansoor Hosseini


soundance festival berlin | Streaming | DOCK 11

Production Details / Press Releases

Labyrinth is about a woman’s struggle with her memories. Playful, funny, and at times tragic. A collaboration between artists from Germany and Sweden within four art forms – equally weighted to create a dance theater piece. Light design, video, dance and music combined.

The set, metals rings, become musical instruments and also serve as metaphorical boxes for the woman’s memories. Rings or windows spinning around on stage and in her mind, confusing her, attacking her or bringing smiles and childlike behaviors at times. It roughly tells the story of a woman trapped in a space or in a Labyrinth of memories, trying to set herself free.

Annapaola Leso is an Italian dancer and improviser, based in Berlin. She began her dance training in Verona, Italy. She then went to Milan to study at the Academy of Contemporary Dance and Theatre and she graduated in 2009. She has been working as dancer and assistant with the choreographer Shang-Chi Sun for several productions. She joined Neon Dance Company in London for the production “Empathy” 2014 and for “Puzzle Creature” 2016. She joined Sasha Waltz & Guests Company since 2015 and she leads together with Davide Camplani and Alessandra Defazio Sasha Waltz & Guests’ children’s dance company.

Mansoor Hosseini, a Swedish avant-garde composer, studied composition at Paris Music Conservatory, the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels and Gothenburg Music Conservatory. He also studied film music at Gothenburg University and script writing at Gothenburg film University. His creations within theatrical music are inspired by martial arts, visual art, contemporary dance and theater. His studies and research with composers such as Yoshihisa Taïra and Georges Aperghis, encouraged him to follow his two composing styles. In 2007 he founded Themus Ensemble, for whom he composed several pieces.
Nindya Nareswari is a lighting designer and artist based in Berlin. She studied product design at Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia and did internships at Sakai Design Associate in Ja-pan and Ingo Maurer in Germany, where she furthered her interest in lighting design before grad-uating in 2011. She continued to pursue her passion by taking a master study in Architectural Light-ing Design at Hochschule Wismar, Germany and finished her degree in 2014. Her work ranges from light objects and sculptures, visual arts, to set and stage lighting design, and light art installations.

Alessandra Leone is a Multimedia Artist, Motion Designer and Film Director. Berlin based since 2007, Leone has continued to do freelance work as Art Director and Motion Designer, while extending her artistry and practice to interactive media, generative design, data-driven narratives and music videos direction, through a variety of collaborations. In 2012 she founded StratoFyzika, a Berlin based intermedia performance group producing audiovisual/dance work for stage, currently on residency at Counterpulse San Francisco. Since 2020, she runs SFX – a label/platform producing audiovisual experiences and objects – together with cutting-edge musician Zoë Mc Pherson.

The soundance festival berlin presents joint projects by dancers, choreographers, musicians and composers from the Berlin independent scene and invites international guest artists. As a stimulus for dialogue between the various disciplines, the festival presents a broad spectrum of artistic styles, from contemporary dance to real-time music, from Post Butoh to New Jazz and improvisation – analog and electronic. Across generations, diverse works and formats between sound and movement will be experienced by audiences in theater and urban space.


TFB Nr. 1517

Cast & Credits

Dance, Choreography: Annapaola Leso
Composition, Conecpt, Wheels: Mansoor Hosseini
Light Design: Nindya Nareswari
Video: Alessandra Leone
Costume: Jasmin Lepore

soundance festival berlin 2021
Artistic production management, curation: Jenny Haack
Co-curation Open Call: Meinrad Kneer
Production & festival assistant: Helene Suhr
Social Media, PR: Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird
Press: Kerstin Böttcher
Technical direction: Asier Solana
In coproduction with the DOCK11 team

The soundance festival berlin 2021 is a project by b.arts.u – berlin arts united in coproduction with DOCK ART and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


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)

Annapaola Leso / Trailers and Video Documentations

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