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Recording: 2023-10-13 , Uferstudios (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Ana Lessing Menjibar

Third Skin


Production Details / Press Releases

The performance Third Skin by the German-Spanish choreographer and artist Ana Lessing Menjibar is a poetic response to the opening of her family history, encountering experiences of war and fascism, collective as well as individual wounds and stories of political resistance of three generations.

In resonance with this confrontation and as reflections on the present, the artist – in close collaboration with the dramaturge Isabel Gatzke and her team – creates a fiction of a Chimera in constant metamorphosis. Third Skin is an energetic cosmos of body, sound, rhythm, language, and sculptural objects. Here, states of resistance and porosity emerge and collapse, while the skin, as a permeable surface, bears the markers of time.

In a hybrid space between installation and stage, Ana Lessing Menjibar addresses the (body) knowledge inherent in flamenco and reassembles it with her specific, transdisciplinary working method with elements from visual arts, contemporary dance and electronic music composition. By decoding and recoding movement material, new referential spaces emerge in which historically evolved structures, cultural and political references as well as a mythological world can be experienced in a multi-sensory way.


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Cast & Credits

Artistic direction, choreography, performance, text, stage: Ana Lessing Menjibar
Dramaturgy, partner in continuous research and text: Isabel Gatzke
Music composition: Ana Lessing Menjibar, Philipp Kullen and Nikola Pieper
Drums, synths and sound design: Philipp Kullen and Nikola Pieper
Costume: Gesine Försterling
Mantón Sculptures: Ana Rajcevic
Light: Elliott Cennetoglu and Joseph Wegmann
Outside Eye: Alberto Cortés and Lina Gómez
Vocal coaching: Juan Cárdenas
Production Management: Saskia Schoenmaker
Creative Production: Sofie Luckhardt
Photo and documentation: Synthtati

»Third Skin« is dedicated to all interlocutors and family members in their various forms of existence.
Thanks to, Gracias a: Alrun Lessing, Amelia Martinez-Lobo, Annika Kahrs, Barbara Lubich, Barbara Mai, Caroline Förster, Christel Eckart, Emilio Silva, Francisco Corrales Cordero, Heiner Jächter, Hannes Uhlemann, Helmut Gatzke, Isabel López Gualda, Juan Cruz, María José Ríos Ramos, Marian Kaiser, Oimel Mai, Pablo Mayoral, Philipp Schaus, Pilar Grande León, Pilar Corrales Grande, Rosa Fiel, Salvador Menjibar, Sandra Noeth, Sandra Umathum, Sigune Benisch, Silvio Lang, Stefanie Köhler , Uwe Damm, Walli Gatzke.
tanzhaus nrw, Instituto Cervantes, Goethe-Institut Madrid, Zentralwerk, Teatro Canal, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Madrid, Fundación Anselmo Lorenzo Madrid, Kunstverein Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.
»Third Skin« is a production by Ana Lessing Menjibar in co-production with tanzhaus nrw.
Made possible by funds from the Capital Culture Fund.
In collaboration with Uferstudios Berlin.
Supported by the Goethe Institute Madrid and the Instituto Cervantes Berlin.
The previous research project “GROWING Third Skin” was funded by the Performing Arts Fund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.
This work was prepared with financial support from the European Union. The views expressed herein cannot in any way be regarded as the official opinion of the European Union.


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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)

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