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Recording: 2015-09-10 , Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Martin Nachbar



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Wie sich das Unerledigte in die Zeit einschleicht

Who doesn’t know this: pending tasks and unanswered topics that settle into everday life and produce countless imaginary bodies with their very own relationships to the world?

In his new piece, Martin Nachbar works with the things that we are not quite done with: unfinished business from artistic projects as much as unsettled issues from life. But he is not mainly concerned with finally getting things done and finished. Instead, Nachbar is looking for translating the open questions and patterns into still open exercises and tasks. He will work on them in collaboration with drummer Steve Heather and designer Michiel Keuper, producing diverse, yet inter-related materials: overlapping rhythms in movement and music, layers of costumes that weave the hidden into the visible, actions that mix with words. Together, they will develop open loops, in which the repeated sequences and scenes constantly shift and change, creating ever new connections with other open loops. Eventually, the fascinating relations between past and present between the habitual and the new, reality and imagination, but also between body parts, bodies, people and things (such as drums or costumes) will emerge and become tangible. How can we communicate our imaginary and habitual bodies with their ideas, thoughts and phantasms? Which are the thematic, temporal and rhythmic relations we want to make visible and audible?

SUSANNE BEYER worked for dance and theatre festivals in Germany and France. From 2002 to 2005, she was managing director of Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig. Since then, she has been managing several Berlin choreographers (Christina Ciupke, Frauke Havemann, Eva Meyer- Keller, Martin Nachbar, Alexandre Roccoli, Isabelle Schad).

STEVE HEATHER is a Drummer and summoner of sound. Stiff Leather the Celtic Shaman’s music has been described as the breeding ground between progressive landscape gardening, psychic carpentry and a progressive instructional ritual finesse DVD.

MICHIEL KEUPER has a long time background in fashion design and has lately extended his work to fine arts, performance and art direction. He has recently worked with Hana Lee Erdman, Jeremy Wade, Miguel Gutierrez, Antonija Livingstone, Peter Pleyer, Sheena McGrandles and Martin Nachbar.

ZOË KNIGHTS is a choreographer, performer and singer, as well as an enthusiastic sharer of gleaned information, riding a glistening unicorn into the unfinished tale of existence.

MARTIN NACHBAR is a choreographer, performer and writer. He has collaborated with numerous artists from various fields and has been teaching in various contexts and institutions. Martin continuously keeps forgetting what he knows, while constantly getting to know what he doesn’t know yet.

JEROEN PEETERS is a writer, dramaturge and performer active in the field of dance and beyond, where he collaborates with artists such as Martin Nachbar, Meg Stuart and Jozef Wouters, and recently created the lecture-performance It lay like a log absolutely motionless and apparently deprived of all its faculties by our damp climate, so inhospitable to foreign visitors.

BRUNO POCHERON has been working internationally as technical director, light designer, set designer, sound designer or performer with a wide range of artists and choreographers. He is co-organizing Wiesen55, a collective working space in Berlin-Wedding, and Gangplank, a collaborative network focusing on cross-overs between the fields at play in contemporary performance-making.

Cast & Credits

DANCE: Martin Neighbor
DRUMS: Steve Heather
DRAMATURGY: Jeroen Peeters
LIGHT: Bruno Pocheron
EQUIPMENT: Michiel Keuper
COACHING: Zoe Knights
PRODUCTION: Susanne Beyer
A production by Martin Nachbar in co-production with FFT Düsseldorf and SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Cultural Affairs.
In cooperation with DOCK 11 / EDEN *****, Uferstudios, Milchhof and Wiesenburg e.V.


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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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