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Recording: 2022-06-03 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Cranky Bodies a/company, Peter Pleyer

Terrestrial Transit – Kick Off


Production Details / Press Releases

The interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit questions the critical potential of improvisational practice in connection to current activist-artistic interventions in the former communist countries of Poland and Hungary, which are gaining renewed importance in light of the strengthening of right- wing authoritarian regimes. Linking to the artistic and auto-biographical experiences of the ensemble members, the project refers to different forms and formats of intervention between protest and micropolitical care work.

On the two evenings of the kick-off at Sophiensæle, questions about current queer-feminist forms of critical performance practice and their references to history as well as the subversive potential and subtle moments of withdrawal will be addressed: improvisation, dance and music, conversations, autobiographical memories and historical events are put into relation and thus form the point of departure for a search for the potential of improvisational practice, participation and resistance.

The kick-off weekend marks the beginning of a choreographic journey from Berlin via Ponderosa/Stolzenhagen via Szczecin to the Baltic Sea, which will be documented by filmmaker Stella Horta in the form of a cinematic diary. A final performative audiovisual installation will take place beginning of October at DOCK 11 in Berlin.

In August 2020, Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper founded the dance company CRANKY BODIES A/COMPANY with the support of DOCK11/EDEN. Based on their long-standing collaboration, which dates back to their student days in Arnhem (NL), their projects combine Peter‘s choreographic work and Michiel‘s visual compositions, including costume and spatial design and photography. Over the years, they have assembled a group of international performers and artists who collaborate with them in projects such as the HKF-funded ensemble works visible undercurrent (2014) and cranky bodies dance reset (2017), as well as the ongoing Berlin-Polish exchange project moving the mirror (from 2016).

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TFB Nr. 1650

Cast & Credits

ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Peter Pleyer, Michiel Keuper
COSTUMES, SET: Michiel Keuper
LIVE VIDEO: Stella Horta in collaboration with Victoria Martínez
SOUND / MUSIC: Marc Lohr
DRAMATURGY: Jette Büchsenschütz, Kirsten Maar
DANCE / PERFORMANCE: Eszter Gál, Marysia Stokłosa, Aleksandra Borys, Mor Demer, Bjørn Ivan Ekemark/ Ivanka Tramp, Caroline Neill Alexander, Ka Rustler
GUEST: Katarzyna Sitarz

A production by Cranky Bodiesa/company in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of DOCKART and Muzeum Susch.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

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)

Cranky Bodies a/company / Trailers and Video Documentations

Peter Pleyer / Trailers and Video Documentations

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