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Recording: 2021-07-16 , Tanzfabrik Berlin / Sommer Tanz 2021 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Hana Lee Erdman, Louise Dahl

The weather in the room (Slowdance)

Sommer Tanz 2021 | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

The weather in the room explores altered states of speed through the emotional, meditative and ambient effects of bodies and landscapes. Sliding between gesture and stillness, passing flow into form, movement enmeshes with the dreamy hybridity of time and attention as material. We have zoomed into a point where fluctuating particles of color, light, texture and detail become visible, an experiment with planes of existence beyond the boundaries of contemporary personhood. Isolated from its causes and purposes in choreographic pasts and futures, this molecular thingness seems to unwrap at a level below action, utility, efficiency or (however abstract) causal unfolding.

SLOWDANCES is a series of works where every piece describes a slow experience inside different iterations of context: the theater, the museum, the forest, the church. The phrase ‘slow dance’ is used both as a title and gathering term for dance that resonates with the wider genre of Slow Art: an art movement of embodied watching that calls attention to the experience of time unfolding.

Hana Lee Erdman is a U.S. American artist based in Europe working within the field of dance and choreography. Central in her work is the notion of companionship as an orientation and organizing principle, with which she explores movement, thought, performativity, and our relationship to community, environment, and more than human creatures. She creates works across a wide range of kinds; namely dance, performance, social choreography, installation and video. Her work is presented internationally in the contexts of galleries, museums, theaters, churches, music venues and art festivals. Together with Louise Dahl she is engaged in a long-term research and collaboration which has resulted in several dance creations. She is an educator and mentor at various international centers and programs in Europe. She has a Masters Degree in Dance/Authorship from the higher educational Center for Dance at the College of Fine Arts, Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin).

Louise Dahl is working within the field of dance and choreography with Stockholm as her base. She has worked together with artists like, Cristina Caprioli, Deborah Hay, Frédéric Gies, Margrét Sara Gudjónsdóttir, Salka Ardal, Mårten Spångberg, and Philip Berlin, and since 2020 she is part of the Cullberg dance company. Louise has a longterm artistic collaboration with Hana Lee Erdman. Within an expanded notion of dance they research the relationship between thought, form and energy. Their work is characterized by a technical approach to the body from which they explore the physical manifestation of invisible, sensorial and metaphysical realities. Louise had a Bachelor of Dance and Performance from SKH, Stockholm University of the Arts.

Jonatan Winbo graduated from Valand Academy of the Arts in Göteborg 2009. He has been working as a lighting designer in the areas of dance, film, theater, art, contemporary circus, music and performance. His interest is in the exploration of perceived reality, dream, and fantasy and through his work he tries to evoke changes in perceptual experience for the viewer. As a collaborator he has been working with Jefta van Dinther, Josefin Hinders, Tove Sahlin, Eleanor Bauer, Thiago Granato, Martin Falck, Fever Ray, Louise Dahl & Hana Erdman, Yung Lean, KIKI, Privat, Tuvalisa Rangström, My Wild Flag, Sailor & I, Cullberg, Silver Films, Mint, Michele Masucci, ccap,, and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

Jassem Hindi, French Lebanese/Palestinian is a performer, sound artist, and writer, with an education in philosophy. Hindi’s last recent works are “Laundry of Legends” (HAU Berlin; Fadjr Tehran) a series of mixed art performances around Arab female death poetry, and “Stranger within” with Mia Habib, a long term research/performance installation on the eco-poetics of the north of Norway. His recent collaborators are Ligia Lewis, Eoghan Ryan, Keith Hennessy, Valentina Desideri, and Sina Seifee.

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TFB Nr. 1538

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography: Hana Lee Erdman, Louise Dahl
Performance: Louise Dahl
Light concept: Jonatan Winbo
Music: Jassem Hindi
Sound design: Hana Lee Erdman & Jonatan Winbo
Supported by The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

Tanzfabrik Berlin’s performance program is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, co-financed by the EU’s Creative Europe Program.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 23
13357 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)

Hana Lee Erdman / Trailers and Video Documentations

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