Production Details / Press Releases
«Purple Spheres» is about objects that surround us every day. They determine our being, doing and thinking, and yet we often only notice them when they have disappeared, are damaged or re-appear in a completely different form. Luan de Lima and Mirjam Sögner lead the public on different tracks with their search for things, in and on their bodies, as traces on other objects, as sounds, words, gestures.
In «Purple Spheres», the absence of things opens up other layers of their existence: It reveals the interconnectedness of how we relate to them, and their enigmatic strangeness. It is a journey into what we consider the background – to what is difficult to access in close proximity. We are taking this journey at a time when humanity has become a geological force. And the material world is moving more and more to the center of events.
Mirjam Sögner (she/her) is a choreographer, performer, organization developer and coach, based in Vienna and Berlin. She has created her own pieces since 2013 and tours internationally with them. Her works are strongly rooted in post-humanist discourse. Mirjam Sögner uses the stage as a site of collective imagination and tries to offer possible answers to the key question: How can humans’ entanglement with non-human / inanimate entities be made tangible and inscribed into our thoughts, being, and actions?
Luan de Lima is a Brazilian dancer based in Vienna. He studied contemporary dance at SEAD- Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and is currently finishing his master’s degree in Movement research and Analysis at Anton Bruckner University. Luan works as a freelance dancer and has been collaborated with various choreographers, such as: Helene Weinzierl CieLaroque (AT) Willi Dorner (AT) Anton Lachky dance Company (BE) Mirjam Sögner(AT/DE) Sebastian Zuber (CH/DE) Anna Swagermann (NL) and others.
TFB Nr. 1823
Cast & Credits
Artistic direction, choreography, performance: Mirjam Sögner
Performance: Luan de Lima
Lighting design: Martin Beeretz
Set & costume design: Sarah Sternat
Music & sound design: Zosia Hałubowska
Production management: Diethild Meier
Dramaturgical consulting: Gabrielle Cram, Thomas Schaupp, Bruno Listopad
Assistance: Stine Gjestvang
A production by Mirjam Sögner in co-production with brut Wien.
Funded by the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Art, Culture, Civil Service and Sport and supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Koproduktionsförderung Tanz, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media of Germany.
Special thanks to Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
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):