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Recording: 2020-02-29 , Open Spaces | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Uferstudios (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Karol Tyminski

Water Sports

Open Spaces - Laughing & Loving | Tanzfabrik Berlin / Wedding

Production Details / Press Releases

Cross-matter dancing – sexuality of things.

With »Water Sports« Karol Tymiński continues his research around cross-matter dancing and the figure of the Gardener, a perverse allusion to the problematic human interventions into ecology of things. This time the garden becomes the playground for three performers to explore longing, sensuality and physical relationality. In a nostalgic, post-massacre landscape of bodily secretions and ocean’s leftovers they play dead, indulge into flow and dance against despair.

Karol Tyminski is a Polish choreographer and a performer based in Berlin. The core of his work is a creation of motion, which he names as brutalist, which explores the structure of the human body. The latter, presented rather as a physical matter instead of a fully developed individual becomes a plateau for questioning the culturally established reading of the human body and in following the dominant ideas of self. At present Tyminski develops the notion of cross-matter eroticism through which he attempts to shift one’s relation with the ecology of things. His works (’among all’, ’Doll House’, ’Beep, Pussy’, ’This is a musical’, ’Liminal’, ’Church of Non-Divine’, ’Studies no Matter’) have been presented on a numerous stages internationally such as American Realness (NYC), Esplanade Theatre (Singapore), Reykjavik Dance Festival, Impuls Tanz (Vienna), La Maison de la culture d’Amiens (France), Sophiensaele (Berlin), Szene Salzburg, Centre for Contemporary Dance Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw) and many more.

Claire Vivianne Sobottke (F/D) understands her work as a place of resistance, which allows to challenge and change norms of thinking and seeing. Working with voice and language can become the motor of the choreographic processes in Claire’s work. She understands the voice as a political and poetic instrument and examines it in its raw articulations, but also in the most diverse states of speaking and singing. Her solo ‘strange songs’ emerged from this practice in 2016. In 2017, the magazine ‘Tanz’ honored her for this work as ‘Hoffnungsträgerin Tanz’. In addition, Claire Vivianne Sobottke won the audience award of the ImpulsTanz Festival Vienna. Her choreographic and curatorial work includes ‘in the woods’ (2016), ‘songs for love and rage’ (2018), ‘Amazonas’ (2017), ‘we bodies’ (2019), and ‘Velvet’, which was premiered at Tanz im August Festival. Claire teaches in various contexts, including HZT Berlin, Uniarts Helsinki, Institut für angewandte Theaterwissenschaften Gießen, ZZT Cologne and ImpulsTanz Vienna. In 2020/2021 Sobottke’s research is supported by a fellowship from Pact Zollverein. Collaborations with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Tino Sehgal, Tian Rotteveel, Christoph Winkler, Institutet, Sheena Mc Grandles, and others.

Kasia Wolińska is a  graduate of the Dance Department at Music Academy, Łódź, Cultural Anthropology Department at the University of Łódź and Dance, Context, Choreography Program at HZT Berlin. She was a recipient of DanceWEB scholarship in 2015 and she’s been a Centro Selva resident in 2014 and transeuropa Festival in 2015. in 2016 she was a part of the Global Practice Sharing Program (Movement Research/ Art Stations Foundation / IMIT) in New York. In 2018, she was a resident artist of ZARYA Centre in Vladivostok (with Rafal Dominik) and of Forum Danca in Lisbon (with Frida Sandstrom). She runs a blog about dance and politics:  In 2018, together with Frida Sandstrom, she initiated The Future Body At Work – the new school of dance. Since 2019 she is a board member of ZT Berlin.

Emese Csornai studied architecture at Technical University of Budapest and fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (BA 2009). Her research in fine arts lead her to lighting design, which two principles keep informing each other in her work as a practicing lighting designer. She works in choreographic, multimedia and music performances and instant composition pieces.

Claudia Hill is a Berlin-based cross-disciplinary artist who conceives objects that create possibilities for personal encounters. Hill’s work developed from a career in fashion presenting her collections between New York and Japan. As her designs expanded beyond the boundaries of the industry, she made costumes for choreographer William Forsythe, The Wooster Group, and became a frequent collaborator with choreographer Meg Stuart. She was admitted to United Scenic Artists of America. Hill’s practice ranges from costume- and stage design to film, installations, and performances at art centers such as Centre Pompidou – Paris, ZKM Center for Art and Media – Karlsruhe, HAU Hebbel am Ufer – Berlin, or mumok, Hofstallung – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien.

Marc Lohr is a weaver of sounds who plays and composes music for instruments, moving bodies and electronic machines. music with a strong focus on improvisation.

Bruno Pocheron (born in 1968) studied visual arts in France and lives in Berlin. He works internationally mostly as light designer, but also as technical director, set designer and sound designer. Together with Isabelle Schad and Ben Anderson he initiated the collaborative framework Good Work, concerned with the representation and perception of the body on stage and in society. He’s currently involved in stage projects with Apparatus (Berlin), Alice Chauchat (Berlin), Judith Depaule (Paris), Mette Edvardsen (Brussels), Alix Eynaudi (Wien), Lina Gómez (Berlin), Anne Juren (Wien), Nikolina Komljenovic (Zagreb), Andrea Maurer (Vienna), Sasa Bozic, Petra Hrascanec et Simone Aughterlony (Berlin-Zagreb-Zürich). He develops software interfaces in PureData and vvvv, allowing for a fluid communication between lights, sound and video and he researches the dramaturgical impact of these elements. Pocheron is co-organizing Wiesenburghalle / Wiesen55 e.V., a collective working space in Berlin-Wedding, Gangplank, an open network of artists and designers focusing on inter-media communication, relations between technology and art, and cross-overs between the fields at play in contemporary performance-making and Fencing Borders, a documentary project concerned with the local impacts of the fencing-off of the Schengen borders.

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TFB Nr. 1431

Cast & Credits

Choreography, dance: Karol Tyminski
Dance: Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Kasia Wolinska
Music: Marc Lohr
Costume: Claudia Hill
Light: Emese Csornai, Bruno Pocheron
Production: Harcha/Nawrath
Dramaturgical advice: Mateusz Szymanówka
Produced in cooperation with Tanzfabrik Berlin and arts centre BUDA, Centre in Motion Choreographers’ Workspace
Financed by Berliner Senat für Kultur und Europa
Supported by apap-Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Open Spaces – Laughing & Loving
Artistic director: Ludger Orlok
Production management: Juan Gabriel Harcha
Organization: Vincenz Kokot
Communication, press, editorial: Felicitas Zeeden
Technical management: Martin Pilz
The performance program of the Tanzfabrik Berlin is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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)

Karol Tyminski / Trailers and Video Documentations

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