Production Details / Press Releases
Sitting alone, not good’ says Salem, or Ali as everyone calls him, in the Fassbinder film »Angst essen Seele auf« from 1974. The film revolves around the romance that develops between Emmi, an elderly German cleaning woman, and Ali, a young Moroccan “Gastarbeiter”. NOT GOOD ALONE examines fragments of film dialogue and gesture as artifacts and brings them into choreographic proximity.
Medhat Aldaabal studied dance at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Syria. Together with Ali Hasan and in collaboration with Sasha Waltz & Guests, he started a project called “Dabke Community Dancing”. Medhat Aldaabal has worked with several choreographers like Nir de Volff and Christine Bonansea.
Lisa Densem is a dancer/performer from New Zealand who has been working in Berlin since 1999. She was part of the company Sasha Waltz & Guests for many years, and worked on numerous projects, including the trilogy series, ‘Körper’, ‘S’, and ‘Nobody’. She began working independently in 2006 and since then has performed with the choreographers Laurent Chetouane, Hanna Hegenscheidt, Jana Unmüssig and Roni Katz (amongst others). In addition to her work as a performer, Lisa works as a teacher, mentor and choreographer and has just finished a breath therapy education based on the work of Ilse Middendorf. Lisa Densem is a 2014 graduate of the UdK MA SODA-programme.
Jonas Maria Droste is a Berlin based artist, scenographer and performer. His studio practice constantly shifts between collaborative environments and solo endeavors within the field of performing and visual arts. Building on top of a vocabulary of conceptually driven sculptural work, he is addressing the notions of work and practice as means to artistic production.
Luc Dunberry born in Canada studied music, theater and dance. As a member of the Groupe De la Place Royale he had worked with various choreographers, among them Sasha Waltz who engaged him to dance for her company in 1996. Since then he’s been dancing, working as rehearsal director, as well as assisting in the transmission of Repertoire to other companies. Parallel to his work with Sasha Waltz & Guests, Luc Dunberry has developed some of his own choreographies and films.
Chris Gylee is a stage and costume designer. He moved to Berlin from the UK in 2014. Recent works include: “The Eternal Return” (Public in Private/Clément Layes), “Social Muscle Club” (Sophiensæle, Theatertreffen Shifting Perspectives). Chris also makes performances with Richard Aslan as Once We Were Islands. They are developing a new production – “Dogs of Love” – to premiere at Ballhaus Ost in May 2019. chrisgylee.co.uk
Zeina Hanna (LB/DE) works in contemporary performing arts as choreographer, performer and dramaturge. Her work spans many collaborative projects with different artists.
Hanna Hegenscheidt lives and works as a freelance choreographer and teacher of Klein Technique in Berlin. hannahegenscheidt.de
For many years Ulrich Huhn was a dancer in the group “Neuer Tanz” in Düsseldorf as well as in many other dance productions. Since 2007 he has been teaching contemporary dance at schools within the framework of TanzZeit Berlin. Since 2009 he has been collaborating with Hanna Hegenscheidt in the fields of conception and dramaturgy.
Benjamin Schälike has designed lights for many companies. He gives seminars and lighting workshops. He is the co-founder of Tanztage Berlin. Benjamin Schälike has shown his own work at Sophiensaele. 2017 he published his book – The Ugly Light’– a title that also reflects his credo.
Jeff Wood is an actor and writer from Ohio. He is a founding member of the experimental film/art group Rufus Corporation. His cinematic novel ‚The Glacier’ was published by Two Dollar Radio.
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TFB Nr. 1296
Cast & Credits
By and with: Medhat Aldaabal, Lisa Densem, Luc Dunberry, Zeina Hanna, Jeff Wood
Choreography: Hanna Hegenscheidt
Dramaturgy: Ulrich Huhn
Stage design and costumes: Chris Gylee
Lighting design: Benjamin Schälicke
Sound: Tito Titons
Collaboration stage design: Jonas Maria Droste
Press and Public Relations: Jana Lüthje (M.i.C.A. – Movement in Contemporary Art)
Presented as part of “OPEN SPACES!” 2019 by Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Artistic director: Ludger Orlok
Production management: Raquel Moreira, Juan Gabriel Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication, press, editorial: Felicitas Zeeden
Production assistance: Diego Nawrath
Internship: Vanessa Maria Mirza
Technical management: Martin Pilz
The performance program of the Tanzfabrik Berlin is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
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):