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Recording: 2019-11-23 , Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Akseli Aittomäki, massescape

Liquid Labour (case no.1)


Production Details / Press Releases

Liquid labour is a stage performance about the gig economy, platform business and working as a bicycle courier, performed by three ex-Deliveroo-couriers.
It is an exploration and investigation into labour in so-called platform economy, in a business run by big international tech companies, that claim to be the innovative businesses of the future. It explores the experience of providing physical labour in an economy where everything has to be as liquid and lean as possible, and where power flows from control of data and information systems.

Yet, the performance is also about the thrill and pleasure of making one’s living from one’s bicycle. The addiction to depending on one’s legs for one’s living, to a feeling of survival in the city. An addiction which the capitalists are happy to tap for their advantage.

massavuoto – massescape is a title for art projects by Akseli Aittomäki and collaborators. It is an attempt at understanding the world a bit better through making performance works. An attempt at exploring the relations between corporeality and social order, or immediate physical reality and abstraction. The name massavuoto – massescape came up when Höyhentämö – Pluckhouse, a company in Helsinki Akseli is a member of, started to base their activities on four distinct ‘artistic programs’. The programs are each run by different artists, bringing different artistic perspectives into the company. Massavuoto – massescape has been a part of the activities of Höyhentämö from 2013 to 2019. In 2020 Höyhentämö is to revise its concept, and perhaps give up having separate programs. Perhaps massavuoto – massescape will continue in Berlin?

Akseli Aittomäki is a dance artist and experimental theatremaker, whose recent works approach political subjects, such as financialization or direct action as protest, partially documentary, and partially imaginative ways. He is a long-time member of the experimental performing arts collective Höyhentämö – Pluckhouse, based in Helsinki. Akseli came to Berlin to study at HZT – Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin, but stuck around, and is currently often to be found at a shared studio space in Britz. He worked as a Deliveroo-courier to earn a part of his income for living for two years. Akseli is looking for work, starting in January!

Dolita Bubnytė is a dancer, bike messenger, ex-Deliveroo rider, coffee dependent, self-taught and self-represented non-morning person. She likes sunshine, hiking and chocolate.

Mike Dean is an ex-Deliveroo rider. He started acting at the age of 10, later studied media technology and was working in Paris as a camera and lighting assistant for film shootings. He started working full time for Deliveroo in 2015 in Paris to make a living, and continued in Berlin where he moved to in 2017. He is now working as a bicycle messenger in the city and is taking part in the founding of Food Fairies, a fair food-delivery service with an eco-friendly and anti-capitalistic vision. Mike Dean is also a lyricist, visual manager and personal assistant to the French singer INCA.

Judith Förster works on the shore of dance and visual arts. After studying costume design and choreography she is currently a guest student in the sculpture class from Monica Bonvicini at UdK Berlin. Since 2014 she freelances in various collaborations and professions, for example with Julian Weber, André Uerba, Moritz Majce + Sandra Man.

Hanna Kritten Tangsoo is a Berlin based choreographer and light designer. She studied Dance at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy 2011-2014 and Dance, Context, Choreography in HZT – Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin 2014-2017. She is part of a collective called Suddenly.

Markus Daßau studied jazz drums, and is recording and mixing records as well as playing in bands. Stylistically diverse, he works in a variety of genres from improvised music to rock or performance art. Markus is looking for work, starting in January!

Felicitas Zeeden has worked as an assistant for numerous theatre directors, including Robert Wilson and Peter Stein. She is currently working as a freelancer in the fields of PR, text editing and dramaturgy for various dance projects and institutions, mainly for Tanzfabrik Berlin. Previously she worked in the academic field with a research focus on immersive performances and interactive aesthetics. Felicitas Zeeden holds a PhD in theatre studies.

Michael Tsouloukidse studied philosophy, politics and economics in Witten/Herdecke and completed a dance education in Berlin. Currently he is occupied with the religious dimension of neoliberal narratives of success, and he is wondering about the possibilities of politicizing bodywork. He lives, studies and works in Berlin.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1396

Cast & Credits

Directing & choreography: Akseli Aittomäki
Text & performing: Dolita Bubnytė, Mike Dean, Akseli Aittomäki
Light design: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Sound design: Markus Daßau
Scenography: Judith Förster
Music: Blue Cosmic
Voices: Emeka Ene, Adam Tycner, Alex Grant
Production management: Akseli Aittomäki, Michael Tsouloukidse
PR: Felicitas Zeeden, Michael Tsouloukidse

Production: massavuoto – massescape
Funded by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
Supported by Uferstudios.


Uferstr. 8/23
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)

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