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Recording: 2022-10-07 , DOCK 11 (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Cranky Bodies a/company, Peter Pleyer

Terrestrial Transit


Production Details / Press Releases

In the form of a choreographic journey outside of representational theater spaces, the interdisciplinary project Terrestrial Transit questions the critical potential of improvisational practice. In light of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian politics and against the backdrop of political protests, especially in Hungary and Poland, the ensemble explores alternative modes of participation and collaboration, of exchange and storytelling.

The evenings at DOCK 11 mark the end of their journey, which began in the Sophiensaele, continuing via the Brandenburg residence Ponderosa and Szczecin to the Polish Baltic Sea, and was accompanied by the filmmaker Stella Horta. In an installative and durational setting, dance improvisation, video, sound, autobiographical memories and historical events flow into each other, opening up questions about the potential of improvisational practice, participation and resistance.

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“ (since 2016).


TFB Nr. 1690

Cast & Credits

Artistic direction: Peter Pleyer, Michiel Keuper
Production management: Magda Garlińska
Costume / stage design: Michiel Keuper
Costume assistance: Juliane Längin
Costume intern: Miłosz Jon
Film: Stella Horta
Sound/Music: Marc Lohr
Light: Joanna Leśnierowska
Dramaturgy/Outside Eye: Jette Büchsenschütz, Kirsten Maar
Dance: Alexandra Borys (film), Anna Nowicka, Alistair Watts (film), Asaf Aharonson (film), Bjørn Ivan Ekemark/ Ivanka Tramp, Caroline Neill Alexander, Eszter Gál, Ka Rustler (film), Márcio Kerber Canabarro, Marysia Stokłosa, Mor Demer, Oliver Connew, Peter Pleyer
Guests (Szczecin): Bartek Mikuła, Katarzyna Sitarz

A production by Cranky Bodies a/company in coproduction with DOCKART.
Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of SOPHIENSÆLE and Muzeum Susch
and by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Cul-ture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR.

Many thanks to Ponderosa, Teatr Kana (Szczecin) and TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art (Szczecin).


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



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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