Production Details / Press Releases
The haunting beauty of birdsong, the provocative performance of erotic display in primates, the attraction of insects to the perfume of plants are all in excess of mere survival.
Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth
Pavane is an exploration of the connections between human and animal art forms. In collaboration with musician Korhan Erel, choreographer and performer Léonard Engel extracts shapes, movements and sounds from animal courtship displays, and puts them in relation with human artistic creations like Renaissance dances or electronic music. The performance is built on the idea of a structured ritual that intensifies sensation and seduces the audience with rhythm and vibration through states of hypnosis and excess.
LÉONARD ENGEL is a performer and choreographer based between Munich and Berlin. As a performer he notably worked with Paula Rosolen, Richard Siegal, Gintersdorfer/Klassen and Billinger & Schulz. In 2018, he received a scholarship from the Munich cultural department to research on animal mimicry and its correlation to human society. Pavane is the first piece developed through that process. He also started a series of miniature pieces with composer and violinist Diego Kohn.
KORHAN EREL is a Berlin-based electronic musician, improviser and sound-designer. He uses electronics as an instrument and a tool for composition, sound-art and sound-design. He does improvised and structured concerts in different groups and orchestras. Together with David Rothenberg, he also creates night live jams in parks with the help of Berlin nightingales.
MAJA ZIMMERMANN is a dance scholar and dramaturge. She collaborated with choreographers and artists like Lea Moro, Ligia Lewis and Planningtorock as well as the festival Tanztage Berlin. She realizes own artistic projects on relationality and touch, most recently she co-curated the exhibition Touch at nGbK, Berlin.
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TFB Nr. 1276
Cast & Credits
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE: Léonard Engel
MUSIC, PERFORMANCE: Korhan Erel
DRAMATURGY: Maja Zimmermann
REALISATION COSTUME: Lisa Simpson, Tamara Saphir
THANKS TO: Ricardo Pereira (Department for Evolutionary Biology | LMU Munich) and Sebastian Matthias
TANZTAGE BERLIN 2019
ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Anna Mülter
MANAGEMENT: Johanna Withelm
ASSISTANCE MANAGEMENT: Ece Tufan, Raisa Kröger
DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE: Alexandra Hennig, Isabel Gatzke
The 28.th Tanztage Berlin are produced by SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by Senate Chancellery for Culture and Europe.
Supported by Goethe-Institut Kairo, mapping dance berlin and Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V.
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH 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):