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Recording: 2022-01-12 , dress rehearsal / Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Ana Lessing Menjibar

Perpetual Archive

Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

In Perpetual Archive Ana Lessing Menjibar experiments with the cultural legacy gathered from her flamenco background and its cathartic potential – a collective agreement to pay attention to the wound of the individual and thus merge with each other. Through emotion and participation, flamenco releases the transformative power to turn pain into energy and empowerment. Lessing Menjibar explores and opens her personal archive of physical memories and stored mental constructs. She releases them into a space between formality and ecstasy, revealing a series of states, creatures, spatial concepts and unfolding a poetic world.

ANA LESSING MENJIBAR is a German-Spanish performer, dancer and visual artist, born and based in Berlin. In her work she weaves body and sound in multimedia installations to construct poetic-surreal worlds that reveal a series of states. Exploring the transformative potential of flamenco in the context of performance and contemporary dance, the body is also addressed as a unique source of sound and rhythm, using sound to act as a performer in space. In addition to flamenco dance, she studied visual communication at the UdK Berlin and completed a master Solo/Dance/Authorship degree at the HZT-Berlin

Philipp Kullen studied percussion and drums, graduating in 2006 from the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. He has been touring Europe as a professional musician since 2005 – for music of different styles: from jazz to flamenco to electronic music. From 2009 to 2011 he explored the possibilities of a creative approach to sound and space in his studies Sound Studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Since 2009 he realized several experimental sound works, sound installations and sound performances in Berlin, among others in the context of Transmediale 2010 and at the festival klangstaetten 2012 in Braunschweig. He also works as a musician at the Berliner Ensemble in productions by Jean Bellorini and Robert Wilson and at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Nico and the Navigators.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1600

Cast & Credits

COMPOSITION: Ana Lessing Menjibar, Philipp Kullen
MUSIC: Philipp Kullen
DRAMATURGY: Vera Fenyvesi Köppern
COSTUME: Eric Winkler
STAGE: Ana Lessing Menjibar
LIGHT: Joseph Wegmann
Technical direction: Nikola Pieper
MENTORS: Sandra Umathum, Jeremy Wade, Monica Bonvicini
A production by HZT-Berlin, with special support by Sandra Noeth, Rhys Martin, Sophia New, Nik Haffner and Angela Schubot.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Paul Studios.

Tanztage Berlin 2022
CURATOR: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Maciek Sado, Maxi Wallenhorst
The 31st edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V. and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

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)

Ana Lessing Menjibar / Trailers and Video Documentations

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