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Recording: 2021-12-05 , radialsystem (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Renae Shadler, Mirjam Sögner



Production Details / Press Releases

Inspired by the silkworm, a master of interconnectedness and webbing, dancers and choreographers Renae Shadler and Mirjam Sögner present “Silkworms,” a highly visual dance piece captivating with a dynamic movement language. As a means to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, which places our social fabric in a state of limbo, the two performers develop choreographic strategies that rely on mutual interconnectedness to transcend the binaries of soft/hard, life/death and inside/outside. The duo shape-shifts its way through a turbulent journey to unravel the complexity of the silk industry and the evolution of capitalistic production. The silkworm embodies the ability to both interweave things outside of itself and create spaces within, where it can become vulnerable and transform.

Using lengths of fabric, long wooden poles and the immediate environment, Shadler and Sögner develop a choreography that cements, knots and weaves together dichotomies and contradictions without homogenizing the individual parts.

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TFB Nr. 1597

Cast & Credits

Concept, Choreography and Performance: Renae Shadler and Mirjam Sögner
Composition: Tobias Purfürst
Set and costume design: Judith Förster
Lighting design: Emese Csornai
Creative Companion: Pauline Payen
Production: ehrliche Arbeit – freies Kulturbüro

A production by Renae Shadler and Mirjam Sögner.
In collaboration with ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro and the radialsystem.
Supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Made possible by the residency partner Tanzhaus Zürich and the kind support of Tanzfabrik 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)

Renae Shadler / Trailers and Video Documentations

Mirjam Sögner / Trailers and Video Documentations

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