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Recording: 2016-08-19 , Tanz im August 2016 | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1) (Video © Walter Bickmann)


Those specks of dust

Tanz im August 2016 | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Production Details / Press Releases

DANCE ON ENSEMBLE consists of six dancers, and over a two-year period, they will be developing a repertoire for experienced dancers over the age of 40. Tanz im August will host the premiere of the third work to be specially created for DANCE ON: “Those specks of dust”, by Kat Válastur, which invites the dancers to recall the process of becoming a dancer. The act of performing is reversed and gives ‘the eye of the beholder’ to the dancers, whose gaze shifts to their own bodies to watch them as they create movement. The choreography gives the six dancers the space to re-experience, re-discover and express their admiration and surprise towards their dancing bodies.

When we think of the stage, we often think of young bodies brimming with beauty and virtuosity. At DANCE ON, however, we see a more progressive perspective necessary for fully exploring the artistic potential of mature dancers. Experience gives these dancers a unique stage presence, expressive ability and deep knowledgeable about how their own bodies move in a way that goes beyond mastery of dance techniques and familiarity with choreographic manuscripts. Artistic Director Christopher Roman was previously Deputy Director of the Forsythe Company. When DIEHL+RITTER and the company were looking for dancers, it received applications from over 230 candidates, many of whom were motivated in particular by the opportunity to engage in creative dialogue with the DANCE ON artists. Many were open to new things, even if they posed risks, and rejoice in the process of artistic creation. During the next two years the company with create DANCE ON 1. EDITION together with many prominent choreographs and directors.

Cast & Credits

Concept and choreography: Kat Válastur
With: Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Jone San Martin, Ami Shulman
Light: Martin Beeretz
Stage, installation: Filippos Kavakas
Choreographic assistant: Maria Tzika
Sound: Kat Válastur, Stephan Wöhrmann, Daniel Toscano Fajardo
Costumes: Lydia Sonderegger
Costume assistant: Héloïse Bouteille
Production management: Guilia Messia
Coproduction: Tanz im August, tanzhaus nrw
Thanks to: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Uferstudios GmbH

Artistic Director DANCE ON ENSEMBLE: Christopher Roman
DANCE ON is an initiative of DIEHL + RITTER gUG, sponsored by
The Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and the Media.

Tanz im August 2016
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer: Sven Neumann
Production: Isa Köhler, Andreas Skjönberg, Andrea Niederbuchner
Assistance of Artistic Director / Production: Marie Schmieder
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.


HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Stresemannstr. 29
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

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)

DANCE ON ENSEMBLE / Trailers and Video Documentations

Kat Válastur / Trailers and Video Documentations

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