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Recording: 2021-06-03 , Houseclub HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Kadir “Amigo” Memiş

Opferschicht (Bühnenversion)

Houseclub HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Production Details / Press Releases

Opferschicht (stage version)

“Opferschicht” (literally “victim layer”) is the German word for a sacrificial layer on a surface – for example, the adhesive film on the windows of Berlin’s subways that protects the glass from people who scratch words and names onto it. To get rid of the etchings, this layer gets sacrificed. Who built the city, who inhabits it, who wears it out?

The whole city is full of such vestiges. Touch a surface in this city and feel the scratches of entire generations. These are the scars and the letters of the urban body, which are often perceived as visual noise or pollution.

Inspired by the “Jazzstylecorner” movement and Berlin’s graffiti scene, choreographer Kadir Amigo Memiş has been working at the intersection of writing and dance since 2005. In the dance performance “Opferschicht”, he examines the urban cultural practice of “Scratchiti” – etching statements onto city surfaces – and combines it with special “popping” techniques. In doing so, he searches for choreographic representations that visualise the aspirations of writing, as well as its physical processes, in which human and non-human bodies intertwine.

Originally conceived by the Kadir Memiş Company as a stage play, “Opferschicht” has been redeveloped as a film due to Corona restrictions, which will premiere at HAU4 on 2 July 2021.


TFB Nr. 1516

Cast & Credits

Opferschicht (stage version)

Artistic direction, Choreography: Kadir “Amigo” Memiş
By and with: Paris Crossley, Rocio “Pez” Becerra, Maren “Funky Mae” Wittig
Dramaturgy: Dandan Liu
Co-choreographer: Joy Alpuerto Ritter
Music and Composition: Miguel Toro
Scenography: Jaybo Monk
Costume: Judith Adam
Direction assistance: Lara Erse Keller
Artistic advice: Gizem Aksu
Texts: Lukas Fuchsgruber
Thanks to: AKIM / Thomas “ZAST” Bratzke
Production Manager: Francesca Spisto, Manon Lemoine

Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Funded by: Haupstadtkulturfonds.

Houseclub HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Tempelhofer Ufer 10
10963 Berlin

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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