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Recording: 2020-10-18 , Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Miriam Jakob

The Broken Promise

Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

Life on earth is such a good story you cannot afford to miss the beginning… Beneath our superficial differences we are all of us walking communities of bacteria. The world shimmers, a pointillist landscape made of tiny living beings.
Lynn Margulis

Recurring migratory birds, the tides, captured sound waves; THE BROKEN PROMISE tells of strolling, listening, collecting and processing. In a laboratory-like process, the participating artists developed different paths and channels of communication that became own narratives. Childhood memories, live reports and fictional narratives get entangled with musical algae, reeds and water basins to form a sounding network, an imagined habitat.

In the current time when traveling is not as easy to realize, the acoustic live stream bridges the spatial distance by means of sonic simultaneity. Together and in different places in Europe, the protagonists examine invented, built-in or unrealizable approaches to so-called nature, to water and its inhabitants. With THE BROKEN PROMISE, Miriam Jakob is continuing her artistic research into the (im) possible and sometimes contradicting levels of relationship between the species. If we consider humans as a complex community of many different organisms, the question of living together arises in a new way.

In her individual and group works, choreographer Miriam Jakob explores the interfaces between science and fiction. She studied anthropology in Munich, Buenos Aires and in Berlin, then dance and choreography at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT Berlin) and received a Master of Arts from DAS Choreography at the Theaterhochschule Amsterdam. As a performer, dancer and choreographer she collaborated with other artists*, including deufert&plischke, Zeina Hanna, Ana Laura Lozza, Varinia Canto Vila and Angela Schanelec. In 2020/2021 she is a scholarship holder of the Berliner Förderprogramm für Künstlerische Forschung. She is doing research on the topic “Breathing With” in close exchange with the Helsinki-based choreographer Jana Unmüßig.

Signe Lidén is an artist based in Oslo, Norway. Her work spans from sound installations, sculpture, video and performance to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives. She is interested in how places and their histories resonate; in memory, through narratives and various materials, as ideological manifestations and political territories.

Camilla Vatne Barratt-Due is a sound artist with a background in classical accordion, electronic music and composition for sound- installations performance art, dance and theatre. Her work engages in proximities towards sonic materials through technical, mechanical and vocal practices, where new instruments take form often based on deconstructions of old ones. Her pieces have been shown at places such as Akademie Der Künste, Black Box Theatre (No) Theatre, PIksel Festival (No), Algomech (UK),  Nikolaj Kunsthall (Dk).

Maija Karhunen (born 1987) studied dance, choreography and performance in institutions in Berlin, Amsterdam and Finland. Currently she is based in Helsinki and has recently worked as a performer/dancer in works of Sonja Jokiniemi, Planningtorock, Teemu Mäki and Marc Philipp Gabriel. Other choreographers/directors from recent years that Maija has worked with include Maija Hirvanen, Dries Verhoeven, Sanna Kekäläinen and Miriam Jakob. Maija’s interests lie in the all-encompassing performativity of the human, questions of power, the intimate and the personal. Maija studied communication, aesthetics and theatre science in the University of Helsinki and works also in the field of (dance) writing and critique. Maija is involved in decision making processes concerning art politics in Finland. Als Person mit Behinderung ist Maija bereit, über ihre eigenen Erfahrungen auf unterschiedliche Weise zu sprechen, um anderen die Augen zu öffnen und um über Dinge anzusprechen, die oft unausgesprochen bleiben, und um anderen zu helfen.

Zeina Hanna (Beirut, Lebanon, 1983) works with choreography and dance, mainly in performing arts. Her work spans many collaborative works with different artists. Currently, she is researching the culture and politics of sleep and looking at ways different species inhabit the world from the perspective of how, where and when they go to sleep.

Felix Claßen is a Berlin-based composer, record producer and a member of the duo Lonski & Classen. He runs the independent studio/label OSTHAFEN and once in a while promotes and curates interdisciplinary DIY mini-festivals and concerts. His latest project-contribution to the installation “latent/borders” of the visual artist SISKA was shown in Martin-Gropius-Bau in the frame of the exhibition “Durch Mauern Gehen”.

Maja Zimmermann works as a freelance dramaturg for various projects in the field of contemporary dance and performance (collaborations with Dragana Bulut, Ligia Lewis, Rosalind Goldberg, among others). She studied fine arts and dance science and teaches in various contexts. In addition to dramaturgical work, she has been involved in interdisciplinary formats and performative exhibitions and has realized her own artistic projects on themes of touch and relationality.

Charlotte Pistorius studied fine arts at HFBK Hamburg and costume design at UDK Berlin. As a costume and stage designer she participated in various music theater, performance and dance projects. A close collaboration connects her with the choreographer Isabelle Schad and the research collective werkgruppe2.

Annegret Schalke lives and works as a dancer/choreographer and lighting designer in Berlin. She holds a master degree in mathematics and graduated in Dance, Context, Choreography from HZT Berlin in 2013. Besides working as a performer on stage (e.g. with Eva Meyer-Keller, Kat Válastur, Heiner Goebbels, Julian Weber, Rose Beermann) she develops installational and choreographed lighting designs for dance/performance, for example in collaborations with Eva Meyer-Keller (“Living Matters”, “Some Significance”), Enrico Ticconi and Ginevra Pranzetti (“Aerea”, “Harleking”), Lea Moro (“FUN”, “The End of the Alphabet”, “(b)reaching stillness”) and others. Since 2014 she was part of the light/sound/video artist residencies Gangplank Berlin with Bruno Pocheron. In 2015 she received a danceWeb scholarship in the frame of ImpulsTanz Festival Vienna.

The work of Arantxa Martínez focuses on processes of identification, exchange and dependence between the body and its environment and questions performativity in relation to these processes. Her titles include: Medusa Rise, 2018; Avant-Garten in collaboration with Juan Dominguez, 2017; Très bien éclairé, 2015, and many more. As a performer she works with artists such as Kate McIntosch, Sabine Zahn, Thiago Granato, Alice Chauchat, Paz Rojo, Juan Domínguez, María Jerez, Antonia Baehr, Eszter Salamon, among others. Since 2015 she teaches regularly at the Stockholm University of the Arts, Madrid (Máster en Práctica Escénica y Cultura Visual) and Berlin HZT.

Ana Laura Lozza was born in Argentina. She is an artist in the field of dance and performance and works as a dancer, choreographer and dance dramaturge. Since 2009 she lives and works in Germany. In 2010 she founded the production platform “Acá No Hay Delivery”. More information at

ehrliche arbeit -freies Kulturbüro is a production office for the liberal performing arts. Since 2006 we are platform and infrastructure for free projects. We combine concept and project development with project management and production management, dramaturgy, press and public relations, curation as well as editing, text work and translations.

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Cast & Credits

Concept, idea: Miriam Jakob, Felix Claßen
Choreography, performance: Signe Lidén, Maija Karhunen, Zeina Hanna, Camilla Vatne Barrat-Due, Miriam Jakob
Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann
Costume, set design: Charlotte Pistorius
Light design: Annegret Schalke
Outside Eye: Arantxa Martinez, Ana Laura Lozza
Production: Leoni Grützmacher / ehrliche Arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
Funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Tanzfabrik Berlin
Special Thanks to Doreen Kutzke

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Artistic director: Ludger Orlok, Jacopo Lanteri
Production management: Juan Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication, press, editorial: Felicitas Zeeden
Technical management: Martin Pilz
The performance program of the Tanzfabrik Berlin is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

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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)

Miriam Jakob / Trailers and Video Documentations

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