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Recording: 2017-07-02 , Tanzfabrik / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Rosalind Crisp, Susan Leigh Foster

(Un)domesticated bodies: Two Gal(ah)s

Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

Rosalind Crisp and Susan Leigh Foster began their twenty year association in Sydney in 1997. In this ragged duet they use their sharp wit and decaying bodies to unravel their dancing histories. “Two Gal(ah)s” is part of an on–going process of collaborative investigation into the body and its histories. Rosalind & Susan extend a warm welcome to audience members to look in on that process as it is evolving.

To celebrate Tanzfabrik’s 40th birthday and the enormous generosity with which Berlin makes a place for international artists, (Un)domesticated Bodies was born. The idea was that Rosalind would make a work with dancers in Berlin who have been practicing her method for many years. Having known and respected Susan Leigh Foster for twenty years, she invited her to be a guest in the work – a further referent in an interconnnected dance history. Quite quickly the project divided into two: Two Gal(ah)s, a duo practice with Susan and Rosalind, and Live feed, a group work with Berlin dancers led by Rosalind.

Of course I hoped Susan would bring some of her exquisite scholarly expertise to bear on my life-long practice in dance. It was an opportunity for both of us. She didn’t wish to be a ‘talking head’ though, but rather to dance with me. This was a daunting and exhilarating prospect. So how might our very different bodies of work co-exist in the studio and in performance – her forty years of writing about dance and performing her lectures, and my thirty years of creating, performing, reflecting and daily dancing?
Rosalind Crisp

Rosalind Crisp is one of Australia’s foremost dance artists. She established the Omeo Dance studio in Sydney in 1996. From 2004 to 2012 her company was based in Paris where she was associate artist of the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson. In 2015 the French Ministry of Culture awarded her the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. She is currently an honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne (VCAM).

Her recent performance works arise from the ecological crisis in Australia and deal with processes by which dance might explore, embody, understand and connect to unfolding enviro-colonial devastation.

Susan Leigh Foster, dancer, choreographer, scholar, returns to dance after a four-year hiatus, during which time she acquired titanium hips. She is the author, most recently of Choreographing Empathy: Kinesthesia in Performance, and she is currently working on a book on dance and value. Three of her dance lectures can be found at the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage website As a choreographer she relishes composing dances in the moment of performing them.

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TFB Nr. 1072

Cast & Credits

By: Susan Leigh Foster, Rosalind Crisp
Project companion: Andrew Morrish
Produced by: Tanzfabrik Berlin
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
The project is part of Platform East – Berlin & Eastern Europe, a platform for Australian artists and Australian-European collaborations, curated by Rosalind Crisp/Omeo Dance, assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Catalyst – Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

Rosalind Crisp would like to thank Ludger Orlok for his support over many years and to acknowledge the openness and generosity with which Tanzfabrik, LaborGras, HZT and the Berlin dance community continue to receive her and the many other nomadic international dance artists. Thanks also to the Catalyst team of the Australian Ministry for the Arts who have generously supported her work in Berlin and Eastern Europe (2016-2018).
Susan Leigh Foster would like to thank Rosalind Crisp for the invitation to participate in her work, and also Ludger Orlok, Juan Gabriel Harcha, and Andrew Morrish for their strong and delightful support. She also thanks the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” and its directors, Erika Fischer-Lichte and Gabriele Brandstetter.

Open Spaces
Artistic director: Ludger Orlok
Production management: Juan Gabriel Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication: Ann-Christin Schwalm
Social Media: Salma Virág Pethö-Zayed
Press, editorial: Nora Gores
Technical management: Martin Pilz

The performance program of Tanzfabrik Berlin is funded by the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe and in the frame of apap – Performing Europe 2020, cofinanced by Creative Europe Programme / EU.

Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Uferstr. 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)

Rosalind Crisp / Trailers and Video Documentations

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