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Recording: 2021-06-16 , soundance festival berlin | DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Lilo Stahl

what if

soundance festival berlin | Streaming | DOCK 11

Production Details / Press Releases

Inspired by Sara Maitland’s text “a book of silence” and fueled by the extraordinary situation triggered by the pandemic, questions were raised – Can silence be visualized? What moves in the vacuum of silence? Can silence be measured or is it just a construct of our imagination, dependent on the level of attention?
Do we fear nothing more than the rule of silence or the rule of the absence of noise? How much silence can a dance performance support?

Lilo Stahl – Since 1979 studies and practice in New Dance – technique, CI, Improv, Composition, further examination of asian forms of dance, Aikido, Breath/Energywork. Co-Founder bewegungs-art Freiburg, since 2006 Co-Director TIP – School for Dance, Improvisation & Performance. Solo and Ensemblework, 87 – 91 member of Anzu Furukawa’s “Dance Butter Tokio”. Since the mid-nineties her work is focussed on Instant Composition, since then she has been performing in inter-national casts with dancers and musicians. Continuous work: Duets with Harald Kimmig, Current: The Quintett – Trio Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin trifft Michael Schumacher & Lilo Stahl

The soundance festival berlin presents joint projects by dancers, choreographers, musicians and composers from the Berlin independent scene and invites international guest artists. As a stimulus for dialogue between the various disciplines, the festival presents a broad spectrum of artistic styles, from contemporary dance to real-time music, from Post Butoh to New Jazz and improvisation – analog and electronic. Across generations, diverse works and formats between sound and movement will be experienced by audiences in theater and urban space.


TFB Nr. 1525

Cast & Credits

Dance / Instant Composition: Lilo Stahl

Annette Focks „Traudes Heimkehr“
Johann Sebastian Bach „Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Minor“, BWV 1018 /1. Satz Frank Peter Zimmermann, Enrico Pace
Harald Kimmig und Ephraim Wegner „Fields“
Opto, Opiate und Alva Noto „04.34 a.m.“

Lights: Naia Burucoa

“what if” is part of a solo research on the topic of “Silence & Noise”, funded by DIS-TANZ-SOLO.
Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR program, aid program DIS-TANZEN of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

soundance festival berlin 2021
Artistic production management, curation: Jenny Haack
Co-curation Open Call: Meinrad Kneer
Production & festival assistant: Helene Suhr
Social media, PR: Aïsha Mia Lethen Bird
Press: Kerstin Böttcher
Technical direction: Asier Solana
In coproduction with the DOCK11 team

The soundance festival berlin 2021 is a project by b.arts.u – berlin arts united in coproduction with DOCK ART and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 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)

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