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Recording: 2016-08-28 , Tanznacht Berlin 2016 | Tanzfabrik / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Antonia Baehr, Agata Siniarska, Jeremy Wade, Siegmar Zacharias


Tanznacht Berlin 2016 | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

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In these four speech acts, response and declaration, or the statement, serve as the theme and language as choreography. A bare stage and an artist that gives voice and shape to its thoughts and reassesses the speech act’s potential for action. Between political speech (having to say something) and imagistic description (a composed manner of speaking), language is turned into a tool and material for the stage space. The speech takes root in the moment of encounter with the audience.

After studying and making things, Antonia Baehr also became Werner Hirsch the dancer and horse whisperer who made films and the producer of Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt and the husband Henry Wilde. Her work explored the fiction of the everyday and of the theater, among other themes, often working with other artists and other scores. After the piece and the book “Rire / Laugh / Lachen,” she started to work on a new book full of portraits of affinities in animal metaphors, filled with pictures, scores and etchings, which followed the performance, “Abecedarium Bestiarium.” And there was more along the way: “Larry Peacock;” “My Dog Is My Piano ;” “For Ida;” the radio plays;”For Faces;” “Merci ;” “Rire / Laugh / Lachen.” And that is not in any particular order. But it all tumbled out into the sea where she wrote “Des miss et des mystères” with Valerie Castan, and in the middle and near the end of that she danced Tango, fell in and out of love, celebrated her parents paintings, and started making a new normal dance with her friends who are not at all dancers, but some are.

Agata Siniarska is a fictional character with many talents and a criminal past, consciously happening in a series of episodes inside the choreographic frame. Having given a chance to different kinds of formats, currently she devises feminist fun studies and cultivates her yearnings for language and writing, cinema and animation in the scope of her many practices. Addicted to fiction, she conducts her investigations between life / death inside the image and life / death outside the frame, fashioning herself as a tool of visual rhetoric, through the cultural structures inscribed to her. Every image she makes, fuelled by the energy of profound theoretical hesitancy, she approaches with passion and intense fascination, acting many times not alone but in the company of many exquisite adventures.

Jeremy Wade is a performer, performance maker, curator and teacher. He graduated from the School For New Dance Development, Amsterdam in 2000. He premiered his first piece, “Glory” at Dance Theater Workshop, New York City in 2006, for which he received a Bessie Award. Since then, Wade has been living in Berlin and working closely with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. His recent works include “Dark Material” (2013), with Sculptor Monika Grzymala and the band Xiu Xiu and “Together Forever” (2014), a three hour participatory practice / feast. In 2015, Wade created “Death Asshole Rave Video” and “DrawnOnward,” both dealing with the death of man, zombie subjectivity and the precarious body situated in advanced capitalism.

Siegmar Zacharias studied philosophy, comparative literature & performance art. She now works in theory and practice in the field of performance. She works in situations of embodied thinking together through matters and matter. This practice collides approaches from philosophy, with pop culture, science and parascience, observing and realizing the entanglement of the relations of human and non-human actors in different constellations into an ecology of performance. Her works develop formats of performances, lectures, installations, discursive formats and sharing, dealing with questions of agency, the contract of the willful suspension of disbelief and the critical substance it produces. They are situated between labor and humor, do-it-yourself, low tech and high tech. She is the co-founder of the transdisciplinary group SXS Enterprise and initiator of Women On Work – WOW We work here, a platform of exchange of Berlin based artists. With ‘Dirty Talk,’ she develops a practice that investigates the materiality of speech.

Cast & Credits

By and with: Antonia Baehr, Agata Siniarska, Jeremy Wade, Siegmar Zacharias
Coaching: Philipp Gehmacher
Produced by: Tanznacht Berlin
The format “SAY SOMETHING” was initiated in 2013 by Philipp Gehmacher (premiere at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival with Claudia Bosse, Tim Etchell’s, Philipp Gehmacher, Maria Hassabi, Gérald Kurdian, Liz Santoro.)

Tanznacht Berlin 2016
Artistic director: Silke Bake
Production management: Barbara Greiner
Tech: Andreas Harder
Assistance production: Lars Hecker, Anne Bickert
A production by Tanzfabrik Berlin.
Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
With kind support of apap-advancing performing arts project/performing europe 2020 – co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, Institut Français, Instituto Cervantes. In cooperation with Uferstudios Gesellschaft, HAU Hebbel am Ufer/Tanz im August.
Further partners: Ètape Danse, internationale tanzmesse NRW

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

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)

Antonia Baehr / Trailers and Video Documentations

Agata Siniarska / Trailers and Video Documentations

Jeremy Wade / Trailers and Video Documentations

Siegmar Zacharias / Trailers and Video Documentations

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