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Recording: 2023-09-24 , Uferstudios (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Jo Kolski

trans ≡urop ≡xpr≡ss – körpermaschine #5


Production Details / Press Releases

Returning to childhood (or never having left it), Jo Kolski cannot choose between two traditionally gendered toys – a dinette and a locomotive. He welcomes his imaginary passengers into the dining car of a transtemporal, pan-European train.

The journey encounters fragments of George Perec, the French author of Judeo-Polish origin. The posthume dialogue raises the question of European memorial legacy – from Shtetl to Triskell.

Körpermaschine is a series of choreographic investigations of industrial society, articulating the body with kinetic sculptures. By inserting playfulness into unexpected contexts, Jo Kolski deconstructs the seriousness of functionalism.

The title refers, of course, to the long-defunct railway service brand of the 1950s, but also to Kraftwerk’s 1977 album of the same name.

The title is “logotyped”: the letter “e” is replaced by the equivalence symbol “≡” – a reminder of the literary procedure that led Georges Perec to write “La Disparition” (1969) without ever resorting to this same letter.


TFB Nr. 1811

Cast & Credits

Concept, machine, choreography: Jo Kolski
Sound, music: Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos
Light: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Dramaturgy, stage direction: Bernardo de Almeida
Costumes, images: Joana Lucas
Artistic assistance: Nolwenn Samson, Cécile Boos
Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Community.
Co-producers: by Jo Kolski – movingcells, Espace Périphérique, GSE gGmbH, Le Volatil


Uferstr. 8/23
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)

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