Production Details / Press Releases
“Those wanting to travel to the four corners of the earth, on all fours or by car, must accept being quartered.” (Körper ein Handbuch. Ricardo Domeneck. Verlagshaus J. Frank, Berlin 2013)
What does it mean to venture on a journey whose direction is as unclear as its destination, in which the reliance upon one another without sextant or compass continually threatens a drifting apart to all four corners of the earth? In a caleidoscopic interplay between stasis and movement, Miriam Jakob, Maija Karhunen and Nir Vidan negotiate the dramaturgic terrain of the stage. With their actions, the performers delve into the im/possibility of circumscribing diversity into unity. The stringent use of minimal gestural intimations and statements transforms the theatre space into a charged field between visualisation and movement, creating a humorous, intimate play about impulse, reaction and technology, all around a picnic blanket.
In her works the ethnologist and choreographer Miriam Jakob from Berlin concentrates on the interface between science and fiction. The performance turns anthropological problems into poetic material. After lectures and solo performances ‘Travelling to the four Corners of the Earth’, is the first piece she choreographed for an ensemble.
Maija Karhunen studied dance and choreography in different institutions and communication, aesthetics and theatre science in the University of Helsinki. Currently she works as a performer in Finland, Germany and Holland, and writer on performing arts and the cultural field.
Nir Vidan (1983) is a choreographer and performer from Israel. He studied theatre, dance and education in The Kibbutzim College of Arts and Education (TelAviv) and in Yasmeen Godder Studio (Jaffa). Since 2012 based in Berlin, he is studying at the HZT program “Dance, Context, Choreography” and creating his own work.
Cast & Credits
Choreography / Concept: Miriam Jakob
Performance: Miriam Jakob, Maija Karhunen, Nir Vidan
Sound: Felix Classen
Composition MöbiusStrip: Lukas Lonski
Dramaturgical advice: Heike Albrecht, Antonia Baehr, Ana Laura Lozza
Light design: Sandra Blatterer
Technical modifications: Sukandar Kartadinata
Assistance: Anna Posch
Advice Costume & Stage Design: Ebba Fransén Waldhör
Translation: Caze van Duzer
Thanks to: Zeina Hanna, Uferstudios GmbH, Martin Pilz, Max Stelzl, Julian Wirag, Christina Amrhein, Ricardo Domeneck, Hansjoachim Fetzer, Margit Brandmair.
A production by Miriam Jakob, funded by the Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs Berlin, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., PACT Zollverein, Tanztendenz München e.V., Tanzfabrik Berlin und Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz..
Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH 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):