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Recording: 2021-11-12 , ada Studio (Video © Walter Bickmann)



ada Studio / NAH DRAN extended: MISSED PIECES I | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

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Voices that drift in waves, densify and interact together generating notions and movement. We do not only hear sound anymore, for sounds set a mood immediately as these voices start to grow into an image begotten from our perception. This is how the small atomic details form an image out of audible input directly forming visual output.

Painting an image of a “what if” situation in a one time slot, what if people’s actions succeeded using true voices of real people from revolutions, demonstrations and protests from different parts of the world. What if everything went into silence? In this time, “what if?” becomes void of value as the event series cease inside the silence. This one time slot is not attached to any memories or expectations or reactions. It assimilates a state that was never experienced. Consequently, other what if questions arise: what would have been our aspirations as humans if there weren’t action for us to react to? Were my aspirations genuine or were they mostly the outcome of my reaction to actions encountered throughout my life. An aftershock of that image perceived during many years of voices.

Akiles is a contemporary dancer and choreographer from Iraq living in Berlin since 2014. His debut was in Syria as a dancer performing part of local dance companies at the Damascus Opera House, the Roman amphitheater of Busra Asham/Syria, in addition to shows in Bahrain and Qatar. His premiere in Berlin was a 6-minute presentation of “The Parallel side of the Road” in ada Studio. The full version was presented during the Tanztage 2017 at Sophiensaele Berlin. His last project was a further outlook of his research under the title of “The Pain…The Pursuit…” performed as part of the Weltoffenes Berlin fellowship program at Uferstudios. Akiles is now studying at the master program chorepgraphy at HZT Berlin.

Calvin Lanz was born in Germany, but spent most his life moving from country to country. This moving around dictates the way he sees the world and interacts with its inhabitants. He stared making music at around 15, but a true passion for the medium of sound developed in the years studying Creative Music Technology at the University of Salford in Manchester/Great Britain. After completing his studies, he landed of into the world of freelance, where he discovered his talent for mastering. Additionally, he likes creating soundscapes, manufacturing worlds in an auditory sense, as well as composing beats and electronic music.


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Cast & Credits

Choreography & performance: Akiles
Sound: Calvin Lanz
Light design: Robert Prideaux
Production: Sirine Malas

The ada Studio is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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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)

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