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Radical Minimal – Stay on it
Recording: 2022-10-20 , Kühlhaus Berlin (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Christoph Winkler

Radical Minimal – Stay on it

Kühlhaus Berlin

Production Details / Press Releases

With Radical Minimal, the Berlin-based Company Christoph Winkler explores the radical potential of minimal music and contemporary dance. In three choreographies, the team reinterprets three well-known pieces of minimal music: Come Out by Steve Reich, Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski and Stay on it by Julius Eastman. For each piece of music, a unique choreographic language is developed, through which the reception history of the pieces in music and dance as well as their respective connection to the U.S. civil rights movement becomes visible. Together with the Zafraan Ensemble and other international guest musicians, Company Christoph Winkler will present the three new interpretations in a joint live performance.

The approach is particularly impressive in the example of Steve Reich’s Come out. The piece alienates the testimony of a young, African-American man who was arrested in the course of the Harlem riots in 1964, becoming a victim of police violence. The composition further alienates his voice through progressive sound layering; thus also anticipating the media propagation of racial violence cases, which is known, from the context of Black Lives Matters, among others. In Radical Minimal, the original context now becomes visible through a choreographic exploration by Adebajo Oluwafemi Israel and Rasheed Ridwan (The Future of Dance Company).

CHRISTOPH WINKLER is one of Germany’s most distinguished and versatile choreographers. His work covers a wide spectrum of formats and ranges from very personal to political themes. Under the umbrella of the “Company Christoph Winkler” he brings together dancers from all over the world to work together as temporary collectives on a broad spectrum of content. Since 1996, he has created more than 80 dance pieces as a freelance artist. In 2014 Das Wahre Gesicht won the FAUST Prize of the German Stage Association in the category “Best Choreography”. In 2016, the FAUST Prize was awarded again to one of his productions when Aloalii Tapu was named “Best Dancer” for the solo Urban Soul Café. Winkler was also the initiator and curator of The Witch Dance Project and the FanFic Festival. In recent years, he has performed several musically inspired productions with great success, including Ernest Berk – The Complete Expressionist, Julius Eastman – Speak Boldly or We Are Going to Mars. In 2020 Christoph Winkler was awarded a George Tabori award, and in May 2022 he received the German Dance Award.
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Cast & Credits

CONCEPT: Christoph Winkler
MUSIC: Zafraan Ensemble
FLUTE: Liam Mallett
SAXOPHONE: Martin Posegga
CLARINET: Miguel Pérez Iñesta
PIANO: Clemens Hund-Göschel
VIOLIN: Emmanuelle Bernard
VIOLA: Josa Gerhard
VIOLONCELLO: Martin Smith
COMPOSITION: Julius Eastman
BY + WITH: Lisa Rykena, Raha Nejad, Sophie Prins, Andromeda Gervasio
VIDEO EDITING: Gabriella Fiore
VIDEO CONTRIBUTION: Vadim Epstein, Matthias Härtig
COSTUMES: Marie Akoury
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Fabian Eichner
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Laura Biagioni

A production by Company Christoph Winkler in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Federal Cultural Foundation with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Kühlhaus Berlin

Luckenwalder Str. 3
10963 Berlin

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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)

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