Production Details / Press Releases
Suffering is often seen as something inevitable, at times even character-building. But it doesn’t have to be that way: lasting victory is the goal of this intimate, rhythmic, and restlessly probing duet «No More Suffering». Martin Hansen & Kareth Schaffer are seeking exit strategies from a familiar yet untenable present: through chanting, skipping, manifestos, and psalms, the pair exorcise—and exercise—their own lifelong penchant for suffering. The strongly atmospheric sounds of Mars Dietz and the opulent stage design by Dan Lancea, referencing Catholic religious images, counteract the beat set by the performers. The theater itself remains in limbo: heaven – or hell – lurks at every exit.
Kareth Schaffer practices an extended concept of choreography with manifold collaborators under the name Construction Company. To date her works have scrutinized ancient monastic practices, honey bee movement patterns, prophecies, mudwrestling, synchronized swimming, foley, Angela Merkel, emojis, and imposter syndrome—among other things.
Martin Hansen is a choreographer and dancer working between solo and collaborative endeavors in theatres and galleries. Their work has been a way to think through such topics as the biopolitics of the theatre, ghosts and why they haunt us, the problems with dance history’s obsession with icon and monument, and suffering and its hopeful cessation.
TFB Nr. 1624
Cast & Credits
Choreography, performance, text: Martin Hansen & Kareth Schaffer
Music, sound design: Mars Dietz
Set design: Dan Lancea
Costume: Lauren Steel
Light: Elliott Cennetoglu
Sound engineering: Andrea Parolin
Choreographic assistance: Leah Katz
Dramaturgical Advice: Mila Pavićević
Press: Jana Lüthje
Production management: M.i.C.A.- Movement in Contemporary Art
Text used in the performance: Psalm 51: 1- 3.
A production of Martin Hansen,Kareth Schaffer // Construction Company
With support of Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Tanzfabrik Berlin, and the Institute for Proliferating Dramaturgies.
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
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):