Production Details / Press Releases
“No Such Virtue” is an emergent playground of sharp edges, fuzzy corners, and buzzing thresholds. Two people navigate this landscape through slipping, slapping, and sounding while being confronted with negotiations of power and pleasure.
When you hit me, I am pushing your edge
My veins dilate, I get flustered
Your touch is helping me sense more of my selves
I’ll fight you if you’ll fight me
I’ll lick the sweat from your neck
But I have to ask for it
Why am I laughing?
This research is rooted in improvising with intimacy and impact. We ask: what preparation and (after)care is needed to consent to being “pushed to the edge”? Through this practice as performance, we are interested in developing modalities that can open pathways for transformation and new ways of relating to personhood.
Kristen Rulifson (“Kriss”; they/them) is a dancer and performer, director, and free diver. Kriss is a recent graduate from Dance Intensive Program at Tanzfabrik Berlin (2022) and holds a degree in Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior from the UC Davis (2014) and Expressive Arts Therapy from the Tamalpa Institute (2016). Their focus is on contact improvisation and contemporary dance with a specific interest in breakdance, partnering, aquatic research, and improvisational composition.
Mei Bao (they/them) is a Danish-Chinese musician, performer and dance artist based in Berlin. They have worked professionally as a musician and performer, and have recently completed the Dance Intensive Program at Tanzfabrik Berlin. Mei is currently involved in projects by Lisanne Goodhue (CA) and Kai Merke (DK). As a musician, Mei is a drummer/vocalist in the band Felines (2013 – present) and a performer/drummer/vocalist in the activist art group GP&PLS (2018-present), whose work centers around supporting refugees in and at the borders of the EU.
TFB Nr. 1762
Cast & Credits
CHOREOGRAFIE & TANZ: Kristen Rulifson, Mei Bao
MUSIK-POSTPRODUKTION & REMIX: Mei Bao
A.PART Festival 2023
Kuration: Julek Kreutzer, Diethild Meier
Künstlerische Leitung & Geschäftsführung ada Studio Berlin: Gabi Beier
Technische Leitung & Lichtdesign: Robert Prideaux
Gefördert aus Mitteln der Spartenoffenen Förderung der Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
ada Studio in den Uferstudios
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):