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The solo Line Up explores the passage of time as a surface of intensity rather than a linear process of development. On a stage full of loud metal objects and through a practice of excessive speech, the performer works towards organising elements that she can never fully control. Navigating the chaos of putting things in order, movement and time appear in their bare state, with no beginning or end. Line Up invites the viewer to experience the urgency of a single moment of control and the continuous loss of it.
In Line Up Lee Méir takes further her long term research of speech and gestural movement, juxtaposing it with her current research of sound objects and the body as a carrier of sound. Basing the artistic research on the close dialogue with Marcus Steinweg (philosopher) and Moritz Gagern (composer), Méir puts her dancing body inside of philosophical notions and musical principles, transforming them into tangible, visceral bodily experiences.
This piece is dedicated with endless love to my mother, Irit Meir, who had passed away from this world shortly before I started the rehearsals for Line Up. In her life she had taught me to ask questions about language and movement. In her death she taught me the co-existence of ephemerality and timelessness.
“Thinking means allowing chaos exile within thought, which leads to new constructions in language and grammar. Thought beyond such contact with chaos wouldn’t be thought at all. It would do nothing but repeat the familiar register. That is why it entails breaking with thought, or at least breaking with its established form. Its aim is the invention of a new image of thought, as Deleuze called it. The only thought that counts drives toward the incommensurable, establishing itself at the point where its mathematics fails, its knowledge crumbles, its concepts dissolve, and its consciousness gets lost in the dark.”
Lee Méir is a choreographer, performer, and costume designer. She was born in Jerusalem and today lives and works between Berlin and Tel-Aviv. Her work examines states of paradox and the tension(s) between language, movement and meaning. Her pieces are presented at platforms such as: Tanz im August Berlin, Brighton Festival, Tanzquartier Vienna, a.o. In January 2018 the collective work Across the Middle, Past the East, an Unsettled Cabaret, initiated by herself and Roni Katz, premiered at Sophiensaele. In 2013 she completed her BA dance and choreography studies at HZT-Berlin. leemeir.com
Moritz Gagern, b. 1973, is a freelancing composer. His work includes collaborations with directors, choreographers and artists as well as autonomous concerts and sound installations. They have been performed at international festivals such as Ruhrtriennale, Maerzmusik, Tonlagen, Taipei Arts Festival or Münchener Opernfestspiele, and at several theater and opera houses, among them Deutsches Theater Berlin, Volksbühne, Sophiensaele, Neuköllner Oper, Residenztheater München, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Bayerische Staatsoper.
Marcus Steinweg, b. 1971, lives and works as a philosopher in Berlin. He is a Professor at the Art Academy Karlsruhe. His recent books include: “Philosophie der Überstürzung” (Berlin: Merve 2013), “Inkonsistenzen” (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2015), “Evidenzterror” (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2015), “Gramsci Theater” (Berlin: Merve 2016), “Splitter” (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2016), “Subjekt und Wahrheit” (Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2018). Some of his books are published in english by The MIT Press.
Julia Rodríguez is a Mexican-born artist who lives and works between Berlin and Mexico City. Her artistic practice is situated within the performing arts field and unfolds in various environments. In her current work, she explores the gap between word and meaning, the politics of expectation, and the spaces between desires and routines. She choreographs speeches, situations, objects and dances. Furthermore she develops projects with other artists both as a collaborator and as a performer. In 2014 she completed her dance and choreography studies at HZT-Berlin and in 2015 she received the danceWEB scholarship of ImPulsTanz Vienna.
André Lewski works internationally as a freelancing performer, director, and voice coach. He made his debut at Volksbühne Berlin, and was engaged in productions in theatres in Freiburg, Stuttgart and Munich. In recent years he has been working continuously as a performer & director with Theater Arbeit Duisburg, and creates his own pieces a.o with Lee Méir.
Johannes Maas studied architecture in Innsbruck and Berlin, and completed his master degree in “Bühnenbild / szenischer Raum” at the TU Berlin in 2014. He worked as a Stage, Light and Sound Technician at the Kellertheater Innsbruck and between 2004-2011 developed several architecture and art projects as a member of the “Tortenwerkstatt” collective in Innsbruck. He creates stage designs a.o at TheaterDiscounter, Berlin; Ballhaus Ost, Berlin; Uferstudios Berlin. Since 2013 he works together with Valentina Primavera, with whom he designs spaces & costumes for various productions at Vierte Welt.
Gretchen Blegen is a visual artist and light designer living and working in Berlin. In her artistic practice she creates and busies herself with a series of books – an ongoing collection of texts, collages, drawings and thoughts. In the last years she has taken part in the following residencies: NesArts Residency in Skagaströnd, IS (2014); Sonoscopia, PT (2015); Season 3 at The Centre for the Less Good Idea, SA (2018). Since 2012 she has been working together with the following project-(spaces) in Berlin: ausland, Vierte Welt, 3AM, SissiFM, Radio, Lucky Trimmer, a.o. General interests are bird calls, silence in politics and parallel realities and varied notions of time.
Annett Hardegen, born in 1970 in the former GDR, lives in Berlin. She studied Theater Studies / Philosophy and Art History. Since 2003 she works as a freelance dramaturge and producer. She is co-founder and artistic director of VIERTE WELT, a free scene platform for performance, politics and discourse in Berlin. In collaboration with Dirk Cieslak, she is constantly developing works that move at the interface between installation and theatre.
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Cast & Credits
performance, choreography, concept: Lee Méir
music and sound dialogue: Moritz Gagern
philosophical dialogue: Marcus Steinweg
dramaturgy: Julia Rodríguez
voice training & dramaturgy: André Lewski
light: Gretchen Blegen
set: Johannes Maas
production: Annett Hardegen
A production by Lee Méir in collaboration with Vierte Welt and AUSUFERN – a program series by Uferstudios funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Co-produced by Uferstudios GmbH as part of the project “Life Long Burning” with the support of the cultural program of the European Union.
Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
concept: Barbara Friedrich & Eva Maria Hoerster
program: Eva Maria Hoerster
production manager: Annette van Zwoll
press & PR: Klaudia Kelleh
graphic design: Désirée Sophie Meul
technical director: Benjamin Schälike
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):