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Recording: 2023-10-06 , Ballhaus Ost (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Christoph Winkler

Songs & Dances about the Weather

Ballhaus Ost

Production Details / Press Releases

The dance piece combines stories about African rainmaking rituals with the poetic representation of climate data of melting glaciers in Europe. In this way, two phenomena of disappearance are brought into context and made tangible with the help of three-dimensional projections.

The piece is based on interviews with rainmakers, including the mother of Ugandan dancer Michael Kaddu, and climate data on the shrinking of glaciers in the high mountains. The aim is to tell the often difficult-to-understand data of climate research in a different way in a theatrical context and thus create tangible references to people. We try to visualise real climate data poetically and use Holovision, a new projection method, to generate spatial effects. The production thus combines the visual, “cold” world of melting glaciers with a contemporary rain ritual consisting of dance, song and holographic projections.

Christoph Winkler has created more than 80 dance pieces as a freelance artist since 1996 and is one of Germany’s most distinguished and versatile choreographers. His work covers a wide spectrum of formats and ranges from very personal to political themes. Under the umbrella of Company Christoph Winkler, he brings together dancers from all over the world to work together as temporary collectives on a broad spectrum of content.

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TFB Nr. 1816

Cast & Credits

By and with: Oluwafemi Israel Adebajo, Ridwan Rasheed, Michael Kaddu
Concept: Christoph Winkler
3D artists: Yaron Maïm, Martin Böttger, Matthias Härtig
Costumes: Marie Akoury
Video Editing & Graphic: Gabriella Fiore
Technical direction: Fabian Eichner
Sound: Björn Stegmann
Technical assistence: Carina Panther
Production management: Laura Biagioni

A production by Company Christoph Winkler in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost.
Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds and the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.

Ballhaus Ost

Pappelallee 15
D-10437 Berlin

Ticktes: (030) 440 391 68

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)

Christoph Winkler / Trailers and Video Documentations

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