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Recording: 2022-05-27 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Josephine Findeisen

Working Class Dance Group

Performing Arts Festival 2022 | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

How does class manifest in body?
How can class-based exclusion, isolation and physical tension be turned into collective anger?

Working Class Dance Group presents the current state of an ongoing research on class structures. The dancers revisit historical, female-proletarian perspectives, investigating and focusing on the intersections of class, gender and the body. Together they seek for practices of solidarity and empowerment by recognizing the efforts of (political) groups such as the Prololesbians, the Arbeiter*innentöchter (Workers‘ Daughters), and many others. By sharing stories, memories and different dance techniques, they formulate a desire for a society free from class hierarchies and exploitation.

JOSEPHINE FINDEISEN studied dance, context, choreography (BA) at the HZT Berlin. Her choreographic practice investigates social realities and their influence on moving bodies. In doing so, Josephine engages with female-proletarian perspectives and researches entanglements of class, gender and body. Since summer 2021 she organizes the open network meeting Arbeiter*innentöchter Vereinigt Euch! at historical labor sites and monuments in Berlin.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1643

Cast & Credits

Concept & performance: Josephine Findeisen
Co-Choreography & performance: Melissa Ferrari
Artistic assistance: Johanna Findeisen
Dramaturgy: Andrei Mirchev
Dramaturgical & theoretical assistance: Anne Rieke
Lighting: Sanja Gergorić
Production support: Luisa Scholz
Thanks to: Kristina Dreit
With contributions by: Annalisa Derossi, Ria Findeisen-Jung and friends

Text credits / quotations from the following books, essays and songs are used in the performance:
Cynthia Cruz, „The Melancholia of Class: A Manifesto for the Working Class“, Repeater Books, 2021
Tanja Abou, „Prololesben und Arbeiter*innentöchter – Interventionen in den feministischen Mainstream der 1980er- und 1990er-Jahre“ in Solidarisch gegen Klassismus, Unrast Verlag, 2021
Disarstar (feat. Nura), „Verloren“

A production by Josephine Findeisen.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe (entry funding 2021) and the residence “Vertiefungen” of Uferstudios GmbH within the framework of the residency funding dance of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Kindly supported by Uferstudios GmbH and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.
The Performing Arts Festival Berlin is an event of LAFT Berlin and is funded by the State of Berlin – Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

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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