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Recording: 2011-08-05 , Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Maria Francesca Scaroni, Jess Curtis



Production Details / Press Releases

The Symmetry Project is a perceptual adventure. Two naked bodies interact through a highly structured improvisational score, that of moving symmetrically, relative to themselves or to each other. Situated in a constricted site, a space of temporary “habitus,” the two bodies continually tune and adjust their frequency, reformulating the perception of the self and of the other. In the sharing of a central axis, spine, mouth, genitals, face, and anus reveal their interconnectedness and centrality in embodied experience. Limbs entangle and intertwine creating an inter-corporeal kaleidoscope of flesh. A kind of über-intimacy develops, going far beyond sexuality into a kind of communal biology, a symbiotic sensory field. Blending, merging, and then again differentiating, the two become “unfinished entities” improvising new habits, “perceiving the possible.” Exploring and manipulating this sensorium reveals the body’s awkwardness, its monstrosity, its potential failure and finiteness at the same time that it creates space for the possibility of the unknown, the wondrous, the ecstatic, the infinite.

Cast & Credits

Performed and conceived by: Jess Curtis, Maria Francesca Scaroni
Video: Regina Teichs
Light: David K.H. Elliott
Live music: Klaus Janek
Costumes: Jess Curtis, Maria Francesca Scaroni
Production management: Mira Moschallski
Technical Director: Benjamin Weiß
Press contact: k3 berlin

Produced by: Gravity in collaboration with AADK Berlin.
Supported by: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund/Grants for the Arts, Kulturamt Pankow (Berlin), National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation.


Uferstr. 8/23
13357 Berlin


Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. 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)

Maria Francesca Scaroni / Trailers and Video Documentations

Jess Curtis / Trailers and Video Documentations

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