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Recording: 2021-09-24 , Tennis-Club Tiergarten (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Sophie Guisset


Tanzfabrik Berlin | Tennis-Club Tiergarten

Production Details / Press Releases

«Wilson» is an invitation to enter a space where visible and hidden codes are at play. Investigating the social and physical interactions that could possibly develop on a tennis court, we open fields of imagination where pleasure, tension, affection, sex and flirt are never too far. How do we perform sexuality and intimacy in the open? How can partners play together in a codified environment and nevertheless create a sense of freedom? Aware of its own boundaries and limits, «Wilson» is an attempt to negotiate for more and install the audience in the secret position of the voyeur wandering in a utopic queer and inclusive cruising area, for example. Join us in this expression of desire and pleasure where the exclusive tennis club becomes wet and dirty. All in all, «Wilson» is what you will make of it, a moment to set foot in your own fantasies.

Sophie Guisset is a Berlin-based performance maker. After completing her education as an actress at the Royal Conservatory of Mons (BE), she took part in the Dance Intensive Program at Tanzfabrik Berlin. She has been working with Olga Tsvetkova, Fanny Brouyaux, Consolate Sipérius,Philipp Urrutia, Enis Turan, Natasza Gerlach and Lisa Vereertbrugghen.

Clara Conza is a performer and shiatsu practitioner based in Berlin. After a B.A. in Theater Studies (FU Berlin), the Dance Intensive Program (Tanzfabrik) and a Shiatsu Training, they are currently preparing to be a certified Heilpraktiker. The projects they performed in propose queer landscapes of ecstasy questioning our relation to pleasure and sense of belonging.

Lisa Vereertbrugghen (b. 1986) is a dancer, choreographer and researcher based in Brussels. Since 2014 she has been researching hardcore techno dance styles trough various formats: performances, lecture-performances, performance-installations and publications. „Softcore“, „a hardcore encounter“ and „DISQUIET – sensational aesthetics of a technokin“ are her most recent performances. Her work has been shown in: MDT (Stockholm), Oktoberdans (BIT, Bergen), Playground Festival (STUK, Leuven), BUDA (Kortrijk), Bâtard festival (Brussels and Amsterdam), CA2M (Madrid), Showroom MAMA (Rotterdam), CAMPO (Gent), Rencontres Chorégraphiques (Paris) and others.

Isabelle Bats (1969, Charleroi BE) is a writer, director, performer and curator. Her works have been shown in Théâtre de la Balsamine, Halles de Schaerbeek, Théâtre Océan Nord in Belgium. She has also collaborated with the Halles de Schaerbeek, Brass, Festival Trouble, Théâtre de l’Ancre in Belgium. In January 2021, she will work as the new Co-director (with Mathias Varenne) of Le Théâtre de la Balsamine (Brussels)


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Cast & Credits

Concept, direction: Sophie Guisset
Dramaturgy: Lisa Vereertbrugghen
Performance: Isabelle Bats, Clara Conza, Lisa Vereertbrugghen
Light: Loic Iten
Sound design: Sophie Ruston
Choreographic adviser: Fanny Brouyaux
Stage design: KRAFT Studio
Creative producer: Pauline Payen
Production: Valérie Terwei
Coproduction: Charleroi Danse (BE), Latitudes Contemporaines (FR), Wallonie Bruxelles International , Tanzfabrik Berlin
Funded by individual project funding from the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, supported by the National Performance Network– Stepping out, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative. Support Programme Dance
Residency: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Wp Zimmer (BE), Buda Kortrijk (BE), Le Bamp (BE), Garage 29 (BE), De Grote Poste (BE), Charleroi Danse (BE)
With the support of Tennis-Club Tiergarten
A big thank you to Matthieu Goeury.

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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