Production Details / Press Releases
SQUART (Spontaneous Queer ART) is about exchanging ideas and working collaboratively. The participants are divided up into groups, each of which creates a piece in three hours, working from prompts. Subsequently, all pieces are performed on the same evening in the Festsaal and judged by a celebrity jury. (It will be a lot of fun!)
Keith Hennessy: “In SQUART you have to use improvisational strategies to survive, but it’s actually about collective composition, which is really kind of amazing.”
SQUART is an initiative of the choreographer Laura Arrington, who works as part of a new generation of primarily queer artists in San Francisco. She developed this community format, which celebrates a do-it-yourself spirit and integrates anyone interested. “It began out of a sincere desire to get people working together and to get ideas out,” says Arrington about SQUART’s origins. “I’m suspicious of how isolating working can be — with grants, residencies, artist statements, etc. — how everything is ‘my project,’ ‘my work.’ I think ideas get better the more they are bounced around, and that stripping away the traditional hierarchies is important.”
We are opening the Sophiensæle Festsaal for a collective happening and party to follow.
Cast & Credits
CONCEPT: Laura (Larry) Arrington
ORGANIZATION: Sheena (Sam) McGrandles
HOSTESS: Tove (Tony) Sahlin
JURY: Diane Tornado, voice of the audience, Igor and Meg
A big thank you to all SAQUART STARS and the Tanztage team.
TANZTAGE BERLIN 2014
Artistic director: Arianne Hoffmann & Peter Pleyer
Production management: Franziska Schrage
Production office: Cilgia Gadola
Technical Management: Walter Freitag, Fabian Lehmann, Eugen Böhmer
The 23. Tanztage Berlin are a Production of Tanztage Berlin GbR and SOPHIENSÆLE GmbH, in cooperation with Tanzfabrik Berlin, the Polish Institute Berlin, Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk.
Funded by Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Allianz Kulturstiftung, Arts Council Korea, Balletcentrum am Kurfürstendamm, Mapping Dance and TanzScout Berlin.
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):