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Recording: 2019-01-09 , Tanztage Berlin 2019 | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Annegret Schalke


Tanztage Berlin 2019 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

The soft white animal that I am holding in my hand is about as heavy as I imagine a human heart to be.

Human bodies ingest reservoir bodies, while reservoir bodies are slaked by rain bodies, rain bodies absorb ocean bodies, ocean bodies aspirate fish bodies, fish bodies are consumed by whale bodies – which then sink to the seafloor to rot and be swallowed up again by the ocean’s dark belly.
Astrida Neimanis

The solo performance Sepia is a collaboration between dancer and choreographer Annegret Schalke and the musician Jana Sotzko. The piece blurs the borders between the present moment and a space for memories. It dissolves the acts of speaking and dancing into the atmosphere of a lyrical underwater world. Dynamics of pulsing, sinking and rising body parts, sounds and imagery tell about life forms that appear and disappear. The eponymous brownish ink of the cuttlefish reminds us of correlations between ink fish hunting habits and human body fluids as well as of the process of manufacturing nostalgia.

ANNEGRET SCHALKE studied dance, context and choreography at HZT Berlin (UdK). She also holds a master degree in mathematics. As a dancer and lighting designer she has worked with Kat Valástur, Eva-Meyer Keller, Lea Moro, Julian Weber, Heiner Goebbels, Sheena McGrandles, Angela Schubot, Jared Gradinger and others. In her work she is interested in the interplay of complex presence of the body and the creation of images.

JANA SOTZKO studied musicology, cultural studies and literature in Dresden and Sound Studies at UdK Berlin. She is part of several musical projects, works as a freelance composer and writes about pop culture.

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TFB Nr. 1270

Cast & Credits

SOUND, TEXT: Jana Sotzko
LIGHT: Maciej Sado
Supported by Wiesen55 e.V., Tanzfabrik e.V., Club Manufaktur e.V. Schorndorf and HZT Berlin.

MANAGEMENT: Johanna Withelm
DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE: Alexandra Hennig, Isabel Gatzke
The Tanztage Berlin are produced by SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by Senate Chancellery for Culture and Europe.
Supported by Goethe-Institut Kairo, mapping dance berlin and Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V.


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10178 Berlin

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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)

Annegret Schalke / Trailers and Video Documentations

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