FINALE OF THE THREE-PART PERFORMANCE PROJECT "UMBRUCH" (UPHEAVAL)

Tranz-/-flexion

Dance-Sound-Video Installation

DATES

First Release Berlin
16./17./18./19./20. April 2014

St.-Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche
Auguststrasse 90
10117 Berlin-Mitte
Germany

Cologne Premiere
within the
Sommerblut-Festival 2014
Fri, 2nd May 2014
Sat, 3rd May 2014

Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
Foyer
Cäcilienstraße 29-33
50667 Cologne
Germany

In addition to the "major" generic consequences, all political, cultural, religious, and economic upheavals always have personal ramifications, which are assimilated and processed differently in each cultural area. "Upheaval" is focused not on the major generic upheaval in which the country in question found or finds itself, but rather on the question of what it means for individual people when social structures, circumstances, and physical integrity change, disintegrate and break down. When daily life is instead determined by violence, corruption, religious fanaticism, and physical and mental war wounds.

Under the artistic direction of Gerda König, three productions dealing with the topic of "upheaval" have been staged in Sri Lanka, Venezuela and Israel since 2011, each in collaboration with local mixed-abled dance companies and with composers and video artists. Tranz-/-flexion is the finale of this 3-year work phase, and interweaves the wealth and variety of the three productions in a walk-through dance-sound-video installation, which transcends the normal stage space.

17 dancers with and without disabilities from all over the world invite the public to stroll into the midst of the revolutionary situations – literally. The viewer becomes a participant. He becomes a projection screen, and can feel and grasp the stage set as a traversable carpet, as a surface for projections and reflections. The collages become a flood of images and parallel production sequences highlight the contrasts but also the analogies within the subject matter.

The DIN A 13 Dance Company is one of very few dance ensembles anywhere in the world, made up of dancers with and without disabilities. Due to the continual artistic and conceptual development of their productions, DIN A 13 is one of the leading mixed-abled dance ensembles in the world.

PRESSESSTIMMEN

Im Herzen von Accra

Kölnische Rundschau
13. Oktober 2017, Thomas Linden

Einen Streifzug durch Accras Stra0ßen und Strände bietet Gerda Königs neue Choreographie. Ghanas Hauptstadt steht im Zentrum der "CityCodes", dem zweiten Teil einer Serie von Tanzproduktionen, mit dem Titel "BodyRealities". Sie zeigt Tänzer, die körperlichgehandicapt sind, aber gerade aus dieser Tatsache neue un eigene Bewegungsformen (…)

Kölnische Rundschau
© David Beecroft

CREDITS

Choreography: Gerda König
Co-Choreography: Gitta Roser, Marc Stuhlmann
Dancers: Lior Amihai, Pedro Alcalá, José Conde, Julio Loaiza, Nadeeka Mahamarakkalagge, Venuri Perera, Pushpa Prathapasinghe, Sumit Rathnayaka, Mahesh Umagiliya, Thusitha Wimalasooriya, Fabiola Zérega, Giada Scuderi, Sofia Karagiorgou, Arkaitz Soria, Carolin Hartmann, Raffaella Galdi, Yamile Navarro

Video Artists: Vishnu Vasu, León Grauer, Daniel Landau
Dramaturgy for Video and Remix: Jürgen Salzmann
Video Assistence and Remix: Karl-Heinz Stenz
Music Composition: Harsha Makalande, Xavier Losada, Nimrod Gorovich
Costumes: Nikita Deana, Juan Carlos Vivas, Rozi Canan
Light: Gerd Weidig

Assistence Production Direction
Berlin: Denise Mawila, Simon Junge
Cologne: Katrin Lohbeck

Communication / PR
Berlin: k3berlin
Cologne: mechtild tellmann kulturmanagement

Production Direction: Gustavo Fijalkow

Based on the concept Upheaval by Gerda König and Gustavo Fijalkow.

TRANZ-/-FLEXION AND THE UPHEAVAL-TRILOGY
ARE KINDLY SUPPORTED BY:

  • Hauptstadtkulturfonds
  • Aktion Mensch
  • Ministerium für Familie
  • Stadt Köln Kulturamt
  • Kunststiftung NRW
  • Goethe Institut
  • Peter Ustinov Stiftung
  • NRW Kultur International
  • Kämpgen Stiftung
  • Schmitz Stiftungen
  • Sunethra Bandaranaike Trust
  • Cultura Chacoa
  • Ministerio Del Poder Popular Para La Cultura
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