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Recording: 2017-01-06 , Tanztage Berlin 2017 | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Tarren Johnson, Mira O'Brien


Tanztage Berlin 2017 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

Trying to get away into the night and then you put your arms around me.

The proposition of transparency has led to a gently paranoid condition, enacted here through a broken feedback loop. An algorithm triggers the next command without any regard as to the outcome and unresponsive to the level of success with which the command is fulfilled. The performers struggle to complete their tasks leaving unfinished structures in their wake, creating a series of non-spaces.

The performers are left to their own discretion as to how these struc-tures might be inhabited. Certain configurations trigger scripted beha-vioral patterns, lulling the performers into predetermined roles and transactional relationships. Sheltered between see-through walls, privacy becomes an unattainable illusion performed out of habit.

TARREN JOHNSON is a creative movement director and cross disci-plinary artist. She works at the intersection of concert dance and instal-lation performance. She received her BFA from CalArts (2013) and has danced and shown work internationally. Currently, she is based in Berlin.

MIRA O’BRIEN is from California and based in Berlin. Her interdis-ciplinary practice is focused on painting, installation, and performance. She received her BA from UCLA (2004) and her MFA from Yale (2008). Her work has been exhibited internationally.

WINSTON CHMIELINSKI is an American artist based in Berlin. Current projects are gentle identity shake-downs. Upcoming:; Inclusion in the supranational Antarctic Pavillion at the 2017 Venice Biennale; Choose Your Own Adventure at Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart.

JOHN SNYDER is an artist and performer from Los Angeles, based in Berlin. He studied Dance and Performance while completing a doctorate in Physics at University of California, Irvine. He received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to continue his research in electronic structure theory.

Cast & Credits

CONCEPT: Tarren Johnson, Mira O’Brien
CHOREOGRAPHY: Tarren Johnson
SET DESIGN: Mira O’Brien
PERFORMANCE: Winston Chmielinski, Tarren Johnson, John Snyder
MUSICCOMPOSITION: Tarr Johnson, Joel Cocks, “I Think We’re Alone Now” arranged by Elisabeth Wood
VOCALS: Elizabeth Wood, Ande Pramuk
LIGHT: Tomek Ness
COSTUMES: Alicja Sowiar
MAKE-UP: Franziska Presche

DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Thomas Schaupp, Maja Zimmermann
The 26th Tanztage Berlin are a production of SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the support of Goethe-Institut, Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V. and mapping dance 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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