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Recording: 2016-04-02 , Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Christina Ciupke, Boris Hauf

life and death of a melody

OPEN SPACES! | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

In their third collaboration Christina Ciupke and Boris Hauf continue researching the link between sound and movement. Supported with lighting design by Emma Juliard the piece unfolds from microscopic sound and movement language to complex sculptures. The performance space is a vibrating three-dimensional body of sound, allowing the audience the experience proximity and distance on different levels of perception. In her movement research Christina Ciupke’s interest is drawn to details – such as a small shift of a joint resulting in an involuntary chain reaction and adjustment of other parts of the body. As it is taken by gravity, the swing of an arm is trapped and decelerates. Two-dimensional images, movement sketches and repetition develop into more spacious and dynamic structures. Boris Hauf sets the sound complementary to the movement interacting microscopic loops with elongated, nested phrases. Together they investigate the deconstruction of repetitions and loops after they have been visually and aurally established.

Christina Ciupke is a performer and choreographer based in Berlin. In her artistic practice she develops projects in collaboration with artists from dance and other disciplines. Within this frame she investigates the correlation and area of conflict between the notions of “projection, retrospection and speculation” focusing on performative moments in a broader context. Ongoing collaborations maintain with film-maker Lucy Cash, composer Boris Hauf, visual artist Lars Ø Ramberg, choreographer Nik Haffner and Mart Kangro and dramturge Igor Dobričić. From 2003 to 2004 Christina Ciupke is guest artist at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. In 2013 she receives her M.A. in Choreography from the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Her works e.g. “kannst du mich umdrehen” (2011), “wait and see” (2012) and “undo, redo and repeat” (2014) tour national and international.

Multiinstrumentalist, composer, producer and performer Boris Hauf plays saxophones, flute, synths, organ, computer and sings. He composes for bands, soloists, large and small ensembles and for artists in performance, film, video, and installation art. Hauf has more than 40 publications on CD, vinyl and online. He initiated and curated the annual Composition u. Improvisation Festival Chicago Sound Map in Chicago and the afternoon concert series Playdate in Berlin. Boris Hauf is a lecturer at the Berlin UdK (University of the Arts). He tours internationally in various bands and ensembles and in performative contexts and – if required – as a soloist. As a performer and composer, he is working closely for years with choreographer Christina Ciupke, Martin Nachbar and Karen Christopher. Current musical projects include Owl & Mack, Postmarks, Next Delusion, The Peeled Eye. Boris Hauf lives in Berlin and runs the label and online store Shameless.

The music in the concert situation is based on the psychadelic folk song Parallelograms by Linda Perhacs from 1970.

Cast & Credits

Performance and music: Christina Ciupke and Boris Hauf
Artistic cooperation: Frank Müller
Light and Stage: Emma Juliard
Production dramaturgy / PR: Barbara Greiner
Technical support: Vushkans, Felix Maus, Stephan Müller, Victor Fernandez De Tejada
Thanks to: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Team Uferstudios, Juliane Lamla, Litó Walkey, Diego Agulló
A production by Christina Ciupke
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senatskanzlei – Cultural Affairs.

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)

Christina Ciupke / Trailers and Video Documentations

Boris Hauf / Trailers and Video Documentations

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