Production Details / Press Releases
«Lethe» is a work dedicated to the Tagliamento river, one of the last great untamed waterways in Europe, which is threatened by industry and global warming. From 2021 to 2023, artist Sandra Man, musician Judith Hamann, and dancer Laura Siegmund conducted several expeditions to northern Italy. Immersing themselves in the region’s unique riverscape, they each formed an artistic response to the natural surroundings by their respective means – language, movement, and sound.
This work brings together their different approaches in the expansive space of Uferstudio 14 to create a space poem of choreographic landscape videos with, text spoken live by dancer Lisa Densem, and sound.
The title «Lethe» refers to the underworld river of Greek mythology that marks the boundary between existence and non-existence. Those who drink from it are said to experience a moment of intense remembering before forgetting everything.
Sandra Man (she/they) is an artist and writer. Since 2017 she has worked predominantly outdoors, focusing on the relationship between the body and the natural world. She creates live environments combining performance, texts, and videos such as «Aeon I-III» (with Moritz Majce), «Telos» (2022), «Nackte Erde» (2023). www.sandraman.com
Sandra has collaborated for many years with the dancers Lisa Densem and Laura Siegmund.
«Lethe» is their first collaboration with cellist and composer Judith Hamann.
TFB Nr. 1827
Cast & Credits
Idea, text, video: Sandra Man
Sound: Judith Hamann
Live performance: Lisa Densem
Landscape performance: Laura Siegmund
Artistic collaboration: Moritz Majce
Translation: Anna Galt, Lisa Densem
Stage design: Nicolas Navarro Rueda, Sandra Man
Production management: Tiphaine Carrère
Technical direction: Marc Lagies
Installation construction: Jan Hoffmannmi
Outside eyes: Heike Albrecht, Katharina Wallisch, Moritz Majce, Tiphaine Carrère, Tibo Gebert, Laura Siegmund, Felicitas Zeeden
Audiodescription: Emmilou Roessling in cooperation with Silja Korn
A production by Sandra Man.
Co-produced by Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Land Kärnten.
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. 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):