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Recording: 2024-05-18 , ada Studio (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Imogen Pickles, Camilla Barbera

Swing: duo

A.PART Festival 2024 | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Production Details / Press Releases

“Swing: duo” originated from Imogen’s fascination with pendulum dynamics and how this swinging and doubling oscillation resonates with the human experience. What emerges from a constant push and pull that – with equal force – is bound in meeting and looping? Can a pendulum rest? Where does the equilibrium lie between attraction and repulsion? The choreography explores dependability, balance and escape; it investigates how and when humans relate, points of differentiation, proximity, distance, and how they confront and love each other. The soundscape created by Daisy Wells sculpts the performers’ emerging relationships and conceptualises a pendulum’s dynamic through echo, playback and reverb, blending live speech and voice recordings. Looping materials were captured during rehearsals, recording the piece throughout the creation process. The dynamic relationships between the two parts of a pendulum are mirrored in form: a dance duet or simply two humans working together.

Camilla Barbera, originally from Italy, is a physical theatre maker, performer and dancer based in Berlin. She studied Culture, Semiotics and Communications between Italy and France before moving to Germany and graduating from Arthaus Berlin, where she specialised in Embodied Dramaturgy and Devised Theater and Performance. She trained in a variety of techniques and styles and is influenced by the Meisner technique, contemporary dance and instant composition. She seeks to explore human nature through an embodied creative process; her work spans different media such as visual art, object theatre and photography.

Imogen Pickles is a performer, creator and educator based in Berlin. Imogen studied Literature at King’s College London, then later Embodied Dramaturgy at Arthaus Berlin, and graduated from Rose Bruford Performing Arts College, with a Masters in Devised Theater and Performance. In 2022 she joined the Bildungsjahr Tanz Program at Seneca, Berlin. She is influenced by postmodernism; her work explores the minimal, allowing maximum space for interpretation. She seeks resonance and investigates the human, the real and the now.


TFB Nr. 1886

Cast & Credits

Choreography & Dance: Imogen Pickles, Camilla Barbera
Sound score: Daisy Wells

A.PART Festival 2024
Curatorial team: Diethild Meier & Julek Kreutzer
Artistic direction & management ada Studio: Gabi Beier
Technical direction & lighting design: Robert Prideaux
Sound A.PART Festival: Constantin Carstens
Access advice A.PART Festival: Ann-Reb Thomas
PR/Social Media: Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird
Studio writer 2023/24: Maia Joseph
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe / Spartenoffene Förderung.

ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 21 80 05 07

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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