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Recording: 2019-08-24 , Tanz im August | Radialsystem (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Cullberg , Deborah Hay

The Match

Tanz im August | Radialsystem

Production Details / Press Releases

After years of working mostly with untrained performers, in 2004 Deborah Hay created a quartet for four experienced dancers – challenging them to more subtle instances of movement and performance. Hay is convinced that choreography doesn’t have to arise from particular forms of movement training, but from the intelligence of the whole body, and in “The Match” she composes simple or impossible actions to create an unusual dance. For this “wondrously strange and impermanent meditation on disintegration”, according to a panel of judges, she received the New York City Bessie Award. Cullberg has now adapted this important piece.

Deborah Hay (*1941) was a founding member of the experimental Judson Dance Theater and toured worldwide in 1964 with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. For the last 30 years, she wrote and published while developing her own language for dance practice and choreography, which she applied in her work with both untrained and professional dancers. Commissioned works were produced by The Forsythe Company, Toronto Dance Theater and Cullberg Ballet, among others. Last year, MoMA opened their major exhibition “Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done”, which features Hay’s work alongside that of her pioneering dance contemporaries Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton and others.

Deborah Hay has been a guest at Tanz im August three times before, with “If I Sing to You” (2008), “No Time to Fly” (2012) and “Figure a Sea” (2016) with Cullberg. Cullberg is the national and international repertoire contemporary dance company in Sweden, continuously co-creating to make cutting edge dance relevant for the many. Together with choreographers from all over the world, we are exploring ideas on how dance can be defined, produced and presented. Those explorations are the pillars of a company that is constantly in motion at the heart of the international arena. Since 2019, Cullberg works exclusively with three associated artists: Alma Söderberg, Deborah Hay and Jefta van Dinther. The core of the company consists of 17 extraordinary individual dancers with a central role in the creations. Cullberg is led by artistic director Gabriel Smeets and managing director Stina Dahlström. Cullberg is a part of Riksteatern, The Swedish National Touring Theatre.

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TFB Nr. 1355

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Deborah Hay
With: Adam Schütt, Anand Bolder, Eleanor Campbell, Suelem de Oliveira da Silva
Original Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton
Adaption Lighting Design: Ivan Wahren
Costume: Marita Tjärnström
Rehearsal: Lisa Drake
Assistance: Ros Warby
Production: Cullberg

In the context of RE-Perspective Deborah Hay
In cooperation with Radialsystem.

Tanz im August 2019
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Isa Köhler
Producer: Anja Lindner, Marie Schmieder (on parental leave)
Project Management: Simone Graf
Assistant to Artistic Director & Production Assistant: Alina Sophie Scheyrer-Lauer
Production: Florian Greß, Ben Mohai, Sofie Marie Luckhardt, Katharina Rost, Lovisa Sohls Söderberg, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director: Ruprecht Lademann, Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.


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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)

Deborah Hay / Trailers and Video Documentations

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