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Recording: 2019-01-11 , Tanztage Berlin 2019 | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Mirjam Gurtner


Tanztage Berlin 2019 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

This is a dance thinking about our bodies
What they mean for our salvation
With only the clothes that we stand up in
Just the ground on which we stand
Is the darkness ours to take?
Bathed in lightness, bathed in heat.

(Christopher Owen)

IN SKINNED the dancers surrender to losing safety. They search for the potential that lies within this moment and the chance to get to know ourselves differently. Playing with the desire for control, they explore exposure as a creative act. How much are we ready to reveal? Sensory perception and improvisation are starting points for the creation of movement, as the dancers shift between intuition and instant composition. The raw sounds of their movement, touch and breathing are recorded live and woven into the raw fabric of the piece, creating an intimate experience for the audience.

Skinned examines the moment when our existing safeties are challenged. What happens to us both physically and emtionally? What is the potential of loss of safety? Are we inevitably led by fear or might our surrendering into vulnerability or the un-known allow for a space where we can meet ourselves and each other differently? We would like to define the stage as a place of practice, where we are able to re-think ourselves.

In her artistic research Mirjam Gurtner looks at structured improvisation, instant composition and the interplay between sensation and physicality. Movement is not fixed but defined in each moment. The dancers cannot hide behind set choreography, rather are revealed as humans. Her work searches for the personal in order to point towards what is shared. In collaboration with sound artists she examines the relation between the moving body, its live sound and the audience.

MIRJAM GURTNER works as a choreographer in Berlin, Basel and London. SKINNED premiered at Theater Roxy Birsfelden in October 2018. Recent works include the duet unknowing which toured Switzerland as part of Tanzfaktor 2018, the performance installation DISPLAY for Candoco Dance Company at the Wellcome Collection London and Public Affairs at Kaserne Basel. Born in Switzerland, Mirjam trained at Basel Theatre, the Vienna State Opera, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1272

Cast & Credits

CHOREOGRAPHY: Mirjam Gurtner
CREATION: Mirjam Gurtner, Christopher Owen, Sindri Runudde, Valentina Wong
PERFORMANCE: Sophie Arstall, Mirjam Gurtner, Diethild Meier, Christopher Owen
SOUNDDESIGN, STAGE: Lisa Premke, Fabrizio di Salvo
SOUND: Lisa Premke, Michael Thomas
COSTUMES: Jacqueline Loekito
LIGHTDESIGN: Jérôme Bueche
LIGHT: Pablo Weber Fernández
PRODUCTION: Pascal Moor, Spring Production
Funded by the Fachausschuss Tanz and Theater BS/BL, Pro Helvetia, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Kulturfonds der Société Suisse des Auteurs (SSA), Sulger-Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung and Scheidegger-Thommen-Stiftung.

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)

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