Production Details / Press Releases
Every body has its own identity in relation to the skin. The texture of the skin changes and transforms constantly through contact with others. This applies equally to people of different abilities, different ages and even to the surface of the earth, which is shifting ever faster in the current age of the Anthropocene.
The mixed-ability dance piece, performed by Australian choreographer Renae Shadler and Roland Walter, a dancer with spastic paralysis, creates a universe of its own in which their two distinctly different bodies can come closer to each other.
This intimate duet transcends the two performers’ physical borders to imagine a shared movement language inspired by sea anemones, liquids and earth’s surfaces.
SKIN explores new ways of relating to each other, deepening our ability to glide back and forth between different types of experience and physicalizes how our environment both shapes us and is shaped by us.
Renae Shadler (* 1989) has been working as a choreographer and dancer since 2011. As founder of RENAE SHADLER & COLLABORATORS, (2012 till present), an artist collective creating multidisciplinary performances with touring artists and non-professional participants, she has created work for theatres, train stations and city squares. Renae has presented and developed works at the Dancehouse Australia, Palais de Tokyo Museum, Open Spaces Festival / Tanzfabrik Berlin, ada Studios, Performing Arts Festival Berlin and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts, among others.
Roland Walter was born in Magdeburg in 1963. At birth he was born with a lack of oxygen, which is the cause of his spastic paralysis. Walter lives with assistance in Berlin. In 2010 Walter started working as an artist. As a performer he experiments with his body and works with artists worldwide, showing the audience a change of perspective. Walter also holds lectures and workshops in schools. So far Walter has worked and researched in Berlin at Theaterhaus Mitte and in the Sophiensaele. With his paralyzed body he fascinated the audience.
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Cast & Credits
Presented by Renae Shadler & Collaborators mit Roland Walter
Concept: Renae Shadler & Roland Walter
Artistic Director, Choreographer, Performer: Renae Shadler
Performer: Roland Walter
Sound Design: Samuel Hertz
Set & Costume Design: Judith Förster
Light Design: Emese Csornai
Creative Companion: Mirjam Sögner
Production: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture
A Renae Shadler & Collaborators production with Roland Walter. In collaboration with ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture and Uferstudios. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds. 2019 developments supported by Aktion Mensch, Lucy Guerin Inc / WXYZ Studios, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Asia-Europe Foundation and Goethe-Institut – Australia, with friendly support of Theaterhaus Berlin and Tanzfabrik Berlin.
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):