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Recording: 2020-01-08 , Tanztage Berlin 2020 | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Frida Giulia Franceschini

Tricks for Gold (T4$)

Tanztage Berlin 2020 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

Tricks for Gold (T4$) is a solo for two performers, a fabula where the main character finds out that she can become the object of her own desires – money – and attempts to transform into it. Frida Giulia Franceschini wanted to explore the display of the female body in the frame of stage magic and live online erotic shows to create a biography set in late capitalism. In T4$, the complex and often abstract relation to money materialises as gold, which is produced by and transformed through sound and movement. Gold links the fetish of commodity with a fairytale-like narrative about the fulfillment of desire: bodies as living piñatas, ready to cum cash, in an infinite striptease where scenography and costumes float towards one another in a thousand layers of suspense. Franceschini is interested in the concept of “tricks” and their ability to manipulate our experience of space and time in spectacular yet uncanny moments of revelation and concealment. She has set out to work on the spectacular aspects of stage magic and erotic performances, by borrowing their specific vocabulary and dramaturgies, tenderly revealing their secrets, techniques, fragilities and the humanity behind contortions and virtuosity. In doing so, she wishes to unravel the empathic potential of what is typically seen as an act of “service” and highlight the melancholia of tricks as not simply a mode of deception – but also of survival.

“I don’t dance now, I make money move”

Cardi B, Rapper

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1407

Cast & Credits

BY: Frida Giulia Franceschini
WITH: Frida Giulia Franceschini, Lea Kieffer
COSTUME: Lea Kieffer
MUSIC: Ksenija Ladić
PRODUCTION: Natalia Sookias
A production by Frida Giulia Franceschini, in co-produktion with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Supportet by Macao Milano, Atelier Sí Bologna, Espaço do Tempo Montemor and O’Novo.

MANAGEMENT: Johanna Withelm
DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE: Alexandra Hennig, Isabel Gatzke
The Tanztage Berlin are produced by SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by Senate Chancellery for Culture and Europe.
Supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, mapping dance und Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V.


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10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

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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