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Recording: 2019-11-06 , Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Johanna Ackva

Out of Our Hands

Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

Let us host life tenderly as long as it risks visiting us.

»Out of Our Hands« begins with delicately listening to our own mortality. It feels odd to live in this time and space which are said to be safer than any other time and space and to still notice a sense of disquiet. It grows within our excessive plans, our insurances, precautions and the relentless drawing up of borders against everything uncertain and foreign. »Out of Our Hands« explores the ways in which we come in touch with other people and other worlds, if we embrace who and what we are: limited and vulnerable beings, to which life was given not as a capital, but as a gift.

Johanna Ackva works as a choreographer and performer. Collaborations and collective processes are central to her work, in which the body and its movements appear at the intersection of different lines of influence such as text, music, drawing, video, and other materials. Currently, she investigates perceptions of death and dying within a societal context that is highly influenced by the ideas of security and profit. Important part of this is an ongoing interview research. Since 2017, Johanna is part of Suddenly collective whose newest piece, ESPRIT, was presented by Tanzfabrik in summer. This year, she writes as a dance critic for ada Studio and was a guest teacher at Universität der Künste Berlin. As a performer, she has recently been working with Nicole Wendel (CORHYTHM,Kunstraum Potsdam), Lea Martini and Dennis Deter (Eine Geschichte der Welt, fabrik Potsdam, Kampnagel Hamburg).

Anna Jarrige is a Berlin based performer, massage practitioner and Feldenkrais student. She is interested in collaborative work and has co- choreographed many of the projects she has been involved in. Besides that, Anna has performed a.o. within Alexandra Piricis durational performance Signals (Berlin Biennale & Kunsthaus Zürich). Anna graduated from HZT Berlin in 2016 and from SEAD/ Salzburg in 2010.

Florian Junker is a contemporary trombone player with affinities to jazz, improvisation and non-european music traditions. He is a member of Ensemble Lux:nm, Trickster Orchester, Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble and Hannes Zerbe Jazzorchester. He plays in Daniel Brandts project “eternal something”. Lux:nm was honored with the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.

Joshua Rutter is a New Zealand artist living in Berlin. He has experience and training in dance, circus, theatre, electronic music and contemporary art. His work has explored choreographic possibilities found in the internet, objects, subcultures and masculine identities. His current artistic interests are situations and physical systems.

Nikolaus Neuser is a trumpet player working at the border between jazz, free improvisation and inter-disciplinary projects. As part of the trio I AM THREE, he published the well-received album Mingus Mingus Mingus (2016). He plays in several ensembles, such as Hannes Zerbe Jazz Orchester or Potsa Lotsa and additionally performs worldwide for a number of renowned artist.

Anita Ackva studies scenography and communication. In the frame of her MA, she researches around forms and symptoms of isolation. Next to that, she works as an assistant stage designer at Stadttheater Dortmund. Anita studied architecture and was employed in different offices for architectural planning, graphic and exhibition design between 2013 and 2017.

Hanna Kritten Tangsoo works as a choreographer and light designer in Berlin. She experiments with connecting dance and technology, often giving objects and light the same attention as to the human performer. For her, choreography is a play between the space and what is in it. She is part of Suddenly collective, that was formed in 2017.

Maximilian Hilsamer is an artist and film maker based in Berlin. He works in formats such as docufiction, essay film, and media installation to speculate on the way power structures are internalized by actors and permeate social life. Often, his works generate around the ideas of affirmation and co-option in social groups – and try to isolate specific moments of group dynamics to be analysed and rendered absurd or comedic.

Roni Katz lives and works in Berlin as a choreographer, performer and many other things. Through a steady practice of expanded choreography she is looking for the apt medium to manifest personal-political matters, also finding the stage elsewhere, when choreographing events, installations and conversations. Since hearing the earth she is doing her best not to consume plastic. She is obsessed with politics of self-care (as warfare), love, power structures and enjoys collaborating with friends and otherwise.

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Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography, dance: Johanna Ackva
Co-Choreography, dance: Anna Jarrige, Joshua Rutter
Music, Performance: Florian Juncker, Nikolaus Neuser
Video & Image composition: Max Hilsamer
Light design, technical management: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Outside-Eye, dramaturgy: Roni Katz
Assistance set & costume: Anita Ackva
Coproduction: Tanzfabrik Berlin
Supported by Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
Special thanks to: Gabi Baier and ada Studio, Sophie Brunner, Jan Burkhardt, Nicole Wendel, Maja Zimmermann, Luise Zücker

Open Spaces
Artistic director: Ludger Orlok
Production management: Juan Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication, press, editorial: Felicitas Zeeden
Technical management: Martin Pilz
Festival assistance: Dominique Tegho
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

Uferstr. 23
13357 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)

Johanna Ackva / Trailers and Video Documentations

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