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Recording: 2016-06-18 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Cena 11 / Alejandro Ahmed

Monotonia de Aproximação e Fuga para sete Corpos / Monotony of Approach and Fugue for Seven Bodies

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Production Details / Press Releases

For several years Cena 11 has been researching the conditions of the physical existence of the body, for which the company developed the concept of the ‘Voodoo Body,’ where the performers’ movements are triggered by something beyond their will. Similar to the form of the musical composition called ‘fugue,’ dance and movement establish a ritual in which, to assert oneself, one must always be the other. New paths and possible worlds are revealed.

Alejandro Ahmed was born in Uruguay in 1971 and grew up in Brazil starting in 1974. He is an autodidact and has worked since 1984 as a dancer. In the 1990s he participated in master classes with Sasha Waltz and others. His artistic work is marked by an interest in the boundaries of the body and the possibilities of transforming it. Alejandro Ahmed joined the company Cena 11 in 1988, and since 1993 has been its director. Cena 11 are considered the punks of the Brazilian dance and performance scene. With high energy, physical works like “Monotonia de Aproximação e Fuga para sete Corpos” (2014), “Sobre Expectativas e Promessas” (2013) and “Carta de Amor ao Inimigo” (2012) they keep true to their legendary reputation, even 20 years after being founded.

Cast & Credits

Artistic director and choreography: Alejandro Ahmed
Performance and choreography: Aline Blasius, Anderson do Carmo, Edus Reis, Jussara Belchior, Karin Serafin, Marcos Klann, Mariana Romagnani, Natascha Zacheo
Soundtrack, coordination and management stage: Hedra Rockenbach
Assistant Artistic director and development: Mariana Romagnani
Assistant Artistic director, costumes and rehearsals: Karin Serafin
Sample assistant: Malú Rabelo
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Fugue no 22
Piano: Alberto Heller
Costumes and equipment: Roberto Gorgatti
Tech: Jurerê Sports Center
Production: Aline Mohamad, Gabi Gonçalves

“Projeto Brasil” is a project by five production houses: HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and Kampnagel Hamburg, funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut and in cooperation with Serviço Social do Comércio de São Paulo (SESC SP).

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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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