Production Details / Press Releases
STEVE & SAM are committed to the exhibition of themselves. They engage with soft and hard materials, labor-intensive tasks and methods of transmission to discover the extent of their masculine potentials. Man to man they wrestle with the world, searching for movement in and of their seemingly rigid edges.
In Steve & Sam’s Man Power Mix they will take you through a series of sensational events in which they touch and transform the matter around them.
Get yourselves hard!
SHEENA MCGRANDLES, originally from Northern Ireland, graduated with a BA in Dance Theatre from the Laban Center, London (2007). She was also a K3 choreographer in residence for eight months as part of Tanzplan Hamburg at Kampnagel, which she created the work True balls (2013). Sheena is also a danceWEB scholarship holder and over the next 3 years she will be supported through the PAP Mentoring Program in Berlin. Last year she was selected to present her work as part of the “pitchings” at Tanzplattform, Hamburg. Her artistic practice, both performative and visual is concerned with queering the body in performance, drag and the representation of women on stage. Since October 2013 she is artistic research associate at the BA Dance, Context, Choreography at HZT Berlin.
ZINZI BUCHANAN received a bachelors degree from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) in 2008. She moved to Berlin in 2009 and continued to study with a particular focus on improvisation. She participated in P.O.R.C.H at Ponderosa in 2011, during which time she began an ongoing collaboration with Alicia Grant, in duo WITCHTITS. Together they make group rituals, intimate performances and zines. Zinzi has also worked with Tove Sahlin and feminist organisation W.I.S.P in Stockholm and at Side Show @ Tanz im August in Berlin. She recently toured with Doris Uhlich’s piece more than naked. She received a danceWEB scholarship in 2012 and shortly after started experimenting with drag. The solo STEVE was performed at the FRINGE @ Dance Umbrella in London last year. She has been collaborating with Sheena McGrandles for a couple of years and together they have facilitated workshops on the sensation of genders.
Cast & Credits
CHOREOGRAPHY: Sheena McGrandles, Zinzi Buchanan
PERFORMANCE, STAGE, COSTUME: Steve & Sam
SOUND: Luke Thornton
WITH SAMPLES FROM: Steve & Sam
ADVICE / STAGE, COSTUME: Michiel Keuper
Thanks to the Tanztage team and Simone Aughterlony.
TANZTAGE BERLIN 2015
ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Anna Mülter
FESTIVAL MANAGEMENT: Franziska Schrage
COLLABORATION: Cilgia Gadola
MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE: Raisa Kröger
Technical Management: Walter Freitag, Fabian Lehmann, Eugen Böhmer
The 24th Tanztage Berlin are a production by SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Goethe-Institut, Polnisches Institut Berlin, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Halle Tanzbühne, Mapping Dance.
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):