Production Details / Press Releases
MIRA FUCHS is an expert. An expert private dancer. She is the public face of Savage Amusement artist Melanie Jame Wolf’s eight year private life working as a stripper in one of the largest clubs in Melbourne. Mira Fuchs wants to dance you through the myriad questions and contradictions of this work, that time and her world. Offering Melanie Jame’s own experience as a looking glass through which audiences are invited to critically reflect on their own position in relation to stripping, Mira Fuchs draws on the specific vocabularies of this extended eight year bodily practice. This work seeks to explore ideas around gender, sexuality, pleasure, performative intimacy, the gaze, and dance as labour. Structured as an essay of fragments and made for an intimate audience seated in the round, Mira Fuchs proposes itself as an abstracted memoir of the body as a political riddle. Mira Fuchs is the first in a trilogy of works about the relationship between economies of affect and ways of being female.
MELANIE JAME WOLF is an Australian born artist living and working in Berlin since 2011. She makes work under the name Savage Amusement, sometimes solo, sometimes with friends. This work is always performance based, often participatory and increasingly incurporates video and the screen as performance objects or spaces. Melanie Jame makes pieces about love, distance, language, gender, screen subjecttivity, and ghosts of many forms. As Savage Amusement, Melanie Jame has presented performances and video in various contexts across Europe and Australia including: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, HAU, Hitparaden Festival of Performance Art and New Theatre and FOLA-Festival of Live Art. She has developed works at a number of residencies including Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival in Sydney, Esitystaiteen Keskus in Helsinki and The Parlour Showrooms in Bristol. Melanie Jame holds a Master of International Performance Research from University of Helsinki.
Melanie Jame is also a member of Triage. Working with this company since 2008, she presented the Green Room Award nominated one-to-one performance work, An Appointment with J Dark at Arts House Melbourne in 2012. Triage are currently working on the 2014-16 European Cultural Commission curatorial project Hotel Obscura.
…all for your Savage Amusement.
Cast & Credits
CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE: Melanie Jame Wolf / Savage Amusement
SOUNDDESIGN: two4k / Carl Anderson
Supported by Arts House Melbourne.
Thanks to Mark Wilson, Sharon Donovan, Ania Nowak, Michael Norton, Tobias Manderson-Galvin, Anna Mülter, Angharad, Wynne-Jones and Deanna Smarte, Vivianne Sobottke.
TANZTAGE BERLIN 2015
ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Anna Mülter
FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT: Franziska Schrage
COLLABORATION: Cilgia Gadola
MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE: Raisa Kröger
Technical Management: Walter Freitag, Fabian Lehmann, Eugen Böhmer
The 24th Tanztage Berlin are a production by SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Goethe-Institut, Polnisches Institut Berlin, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Halle Tanzbühne, Mapping Dance.
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):