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Recording: 2021-06-20 , soundance festival berlin | DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Léonard Engel, Korhan Erel


soundance festival berlin | Streaming | DOCK 11

Production Details / Press Releases

Art or artifice? Beauty or optical illusion? In dialogue with the electronic live-sound of musician Korhan Erel, Léonard Engel transposes ani-mal behaviors like mimicry or highly codified mating rituals to the human anatomy. By doing so, he exposes their abstract qualities and sets them in relation with the Pavane (from the Spanish pavón, peacock), a processional dance from the Renaissance in which the participants display their lustrous attire. His performance opens new perspectives on the artistic value of animal dances, while creating a new masculinity that tries to seduce through dance, glitter and hypnotic movement, far from a normative display of strength.

Léonard Engel is an ex-soloist of the Bavarian State Ballet (Munich) and has been working as a freelance artist since 2016 with choreographers and companies such as Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Richard Siegal, Paula Rosolen and Laurent Chétouane. In January 2019, Engel presented “Pavane”, his first choreographic work, at the Tanztage Berlin in the Sophiensælen. In September 2019, he created “How to get rid of a body. A magic manual” at HochX Theatre (Munich). In 2021 he will realise a short film project around this last piece, as well as a new project inspired by different revolving dances.

Korhan Erel (*1973 Istanbul) is a non-binary electronic musician, improviser and sound artist based in Berlin. He plays improvised and composed music as a soloist and in various groups and orchestras, and composes music and sound for dance, video art and film. As a sound artist, Sier has been present at exhibitions in Turkey, Hong Kong and Germany, as well as giving concerts in the context of art exhibitions. To date, Sier has released ten albums with various musicians and groups and has played numerous concerts in Europe, Asia and North America.

The soundance festival berlin presents joint projects by dancers, choreographers, musicians and composers from the Berlin independent scene and invites international guest artists. As a stimulus for dialogue between the various disciplines, the festival presents a broad spectrum of artistic styles, from contemporary dance to real-time music, from Post Butoh to New Jazz and improvisation – analog and electronic. Across generations, diverse works and formats between sound and movement will be experienced by audiences in theater and urban space.


TFB Nr. 1534

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography, performance: Léonard Engel
Music, Performance: Korhan Erel
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Realisation costumes: Tamara Saphir, Lisa Simpson
Co-production: Sophiensæle, Berlin
Thanks to: Ricardo Pereira (Department for Evolutionary Biology, LMU Munich), Sebastian Matthias

Lights: Naia Burucoa

soundance festival berlin 2021
Artistic production management, curation: Jenny Haack
Co-curation Open Call: Meinrad Kneer
Production & festival assistant: Helene Suhr
Social media, PR: Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird
Press: Kerstin Böttcher
Technical direction: Asier Solana
In coproduction with the DOCK11 team

The soundance festival berlin 2021 is a project by b.arts.u – berlin arts united in coproduction with DOCK ART and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



Video Documentation

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):

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)

Léonard Engel / Trailers and Video Documentations

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