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Recording: 2022-01-23 , NAH DRAN / ada Studio (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Leila Patzies, Bláthin Eckhardt

Why death was just death

NAH DRAN | ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Production Details / Press Releases

“Why death was just death” deals with depression, death, individuality and togetherness. The longing for death as a consequence of a diseased society in which the individual can hardly fulfill his primary needs for happiness and harmonious coexistence. A text excerpt from the book “Tokyo Blues” by Haruki Murakami is a further inspiration for the piece and has been incorporated into the performance by Bláthin Eckhardt in the form of read text and improvisation with excerpts of the text. A play with the viewer’s perception, with the mind. A sensory overload?

Leila Patzies is a freelance dancer based in Berlin. In 2014 she began her studies in contemporary dance at Iwanson International in Munich. Here she met Nadine Gerspacher, so she decided to move to Barcelona, to complete her professional studies at the Varium, and a year later to Palamós, Girona, to be part of the CobosMika Company Seeds training. During her training she has focused on improvisation, acting and partnering. In addition to her professional studies, Leila has attended international teacher workshops every year, to keep in constant training, and in 2018, she was certified as a Yoga teacher in Rishikesh, India. She has worked as a dancer with artists such as Anima May, Rosalind Holgate Smith, Nano Luque, Marc Vilajuana, Claudia Reig, Nahuel Barrios and others. Leila is currently working as a contemporary dance and yoga teacher, as well as working as a performer for Sasa Queliz, member of Sasha Waltz & Guests. At the same time, she is researching her own piece called “because death was only death”, with Aladino R. Blanca as an outside eye, supported by DIS-TANZ-SOLO from Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

Bláthin Eckhardt came to Berlin having made the conscious choice not to further her studies at a University. Unshackled from the review of points and awards so often associated with a dated class system, she developed her disciplines and artistic voice independently from an institute. She guested as a guitarist for Peaches and worked with Phase7 as a dancer. In 2020 she started improvising and composing for dance pieces, working with Die Etage, the State Ballet School of Berlin and HfMDK Frankfurt/M. In 2021, she worked as a dancer and musician with Sebastiano Toma and Cristiana Casadio.

Bláthin is set to release her first EP with Crocodile Tears Records, under the artist name Lúb.


TFB Nr. 1610

Cast & Credits

Concept, choreography & dance: Leila Patzies
Music: Bláthin Eckhardt and Borna Kafaie (Soundscape)
Projection: Kristopher Guarniz
Photography: Coralí Maluquer

Lights: Robert Prideaux
The ada Studio is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

ada Studio in den Uferstudios

Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 21 80 05 07

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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