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Recording: 2020-02-15 , Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / radialsystem (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Martin Hansen

Rita Klaus

Open Spaces - Laughing & Loving | radialsystem

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Haunt me, haunt me do it again.

Some time ago a person lived and died. We never met this person, nor did we ever see her, not even her grave. We know she existed by what she left behind, the first thing that we learnt about her was her name, Rita Klaus. She was her own archivist, she kept everything ‘safe’, she saved it. Analogue. We found her archive by accident in a desert. »Rita Klaus« is a new contemporary dance work. A piece for performers and ghosts. »Rita Klaus« drags the past to create an affective, illusory and critical take on remembrance, on theatre as a container for remains and what happens in the ruins of collapsed time?

Martin Hansen is a dancer and choreographer. His work investigates economies, politics and the lived experience of time as they operate in the theatre, the body, memory and history, oftentimes with an interest in problematising, creating multiplicities to or alternatives to the status quo. His works Monumental, If It’s All In My Veins, A Queer Kind of Evidence and Bastards have been presented throughout Europe, Asia and Australia, notably at Dance Massive Melbourne, Hong Kong International Arts Festival, Kanal Centre Pompidou Brussels, Rencontre Choregraphique Internationales Paris, Aerowaves, PACT Zollverein, Tanznacht Berlin among others.

As a dancer Martin has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, Russia, USA, New Zealand and Canada with Sergiu Matis, Ligia Lewis, Deufert Plischke, Laurie Young, Christoph Winkler, Tino Sehgal, Alexandra Pirici, Chunky Move among others. Martin was named Dancer of the Year by “tanz” – magazine in 2012 and a Danceweb scholar in 2013.

Gretchen Blegen is an interdisciplinary artist navigating ways of seeing and hearing space, light, sound and image. These boundaries are explored through an ongoing book practice as well as in the real and broader realm of (project–)spaces and theater. Parallel to her own work Blegen is also involved in collective structures supporting artistic thought and alternative forms of learning. Working with visuals, installation, light and sound, her work is putting an emphasis on the creation and intention behind transforming, occupying, hosting and sharing a space with all collaborators and with an audience.

Brandon Johnson is a musician, sound artist and performer based for the last decade between Los Angeles and Berlin. He studied performance and sound design at the Evergreen State College (USA) and literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. His focus is collaboration, contributing sound that structures and energizes spaces for interdisciplinary creation to inhabit. He has collaborated with numerous choreographers and dancers including Meg Stuart, Jasna Layes Vinovriski, Ligia Manuela Lewis, Sonja Pregrad and Martin Hansen.

Evan Loxton is a French / Australian artist, performer and costume designer based in Berlin. His main education is the contemporary Visual Arts degree (BFA) at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Loxton aims to aesthetically and conceptually collaborate with queer and interdisciplinary artists to create sensibilities and relationships with their frameworks, costumes, installations and performances. Evan has collaborated with Artists and Choreographers Including Johanna Bruckner, Ivey Wawn and Martin Hansen.

Mila Pavicevic, dramaturg, writer and cultural worker, grew up in Dubrovnik and currently lives in Berlin. She works together with various artists mainly in the fields of dance and choreography. So far she has published various collections of poetry and the collection of stories “Ice girl and other fairy tales”. Her works have been translated and published in Europe and South America. Mila Pavicevic has received several prizes, including the European Union Prize for Literature in 2009 for her book “Ice girl and other fairy tales”. Her critical texts appear in various publications.

Xenia Taniko is choreographer and performer and lives in Berlin. Her artistic practice draws from a culture of collaboration and invests in the creation of alternative creative communities. She works with the physical intensity of the body, sound, stage design and other aesthetic means to speculate on the limits of human embodiment and critically examine the physical inscription of social norms. As a performer, collaborator and assistant, she has worked with international artists such as Jess Curtis, Josefine Mühle, Roni Katz, Simone Aughterlony, Ania Nowak, Julia Gladstone, Hana Erdman, deufert&pliscke, and others. Her solo and collaborative works have been presented in theaters, galleries and festivals in Berlin, Europe and the USA. Since 2019 she has been working as an audio describer of performances in the independent art scene in Berlin, making dance accessible to visually impaired audiences. Taniko studied politics and philosophy in Leipzig and Paris and is a graduate of the HZT Berlin (BA Dance, Context, Choreography, 2016).

Julian Weber is a choreographer and dancer, visual artist and set-designer. He studied sculpture at HBK Brunswick, Academy of Arts Vienna and choreography at HZT Berlin and the Acadamy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam. He works intensively on spaces of interaction involving body, material and movement. He collaborates with artists such as Meg Stuart, Boris Charmatz and Tino Sehgal and creates his own work at the intersection of visual and performance art. With his work The Tourist he won the Berlin Art Prize 2015.

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Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography, performance: Martin Hansen
Co-creation, performance: Xenia Taniko, Brandon Johnson
Texts: Mila Pavicevic with Martin Hansen, Gretechen Blegen
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavicevic
Sound, composition: Brandon Johnson
Light design: Gretchen Blegen
Set design: Julian Weber
Costume: Evan Loxton
Production: Giulia Messia

Supported by residencies at Tanzhaus Zürich, Dancehouse Melbourne, Marin Držić Theatre Dubrovnik
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds in coproduction with radialsystem.
The texts used in the performance were written by: Rita Klaus, Mark Fischer, Miranda July, Hito Steryerl.

Special thanks to: Rita Klaus and Asaf Ahararonson, Franziska Dietrich, Jule Flierl, Ann-Christin Görtz, Sergiu Matis, Sophia Neiss, David Renteria, Dave Sillis, Ansgar Tappert, Louise Trueheart, Johannes Wengel, Henning Wörner.

Open Spaces – Laughing & Loving
Artistic director: Ludger Orlok
Production management: Juan Gabriel Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication, press, editorial: Felicitas Zeeden
Technical management: Martin Pilz
The performance program of the Tanzfabrik Berlin is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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Video Documentation

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):

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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