ZONE

ZONE
a contemporary site-specific dance ritual

Premiere: July 5th, 2019 at Halle am Berghain, Berlin

An audiovisual odyssey unfolds infernal and celestial imagery
bodies are gathered in a circle to hold a secret ceremony
forming and deforming abstract ornaments
they redefine space, possess, merge, and dissolve.
A sudden desire erupted out of the ritualistic pattern.
A sacrifice fulfilled as empty. 

This interdisciplinary site-specific dance performance takes its inspiration from the ancient Sufi dance, fusing various reflective acts in which a state of trance can be reached, with a live video installation, a contemporary electronic sound-score, and a fashion-forward statement. 

 A zone where minds can blend into collective awareness. 

Concept & Art Direction: Idan Gilony for UY Studio
Co-Artistic Direction & Choreography: The progressive wave
(Gal Naor and Matan Zamir)
Sound Composition & Live Set: Dasha Rush
Solo Performance: Valentin Tszin
Creative Dancers: Alistair Wroe, Angelo Petracca, Annalise Van Even, Aya Nakagawa, Davide Troiani, Georgia Bettens, Gianna DiGirolamo, Hollie Dorman, Jemima Rose Dean, Lorenzo Savino, Lydia Toompere, Lysandre Coutu-Sauvé, Madeleine White, Maria Chroni, Marta Antinucci, Matilde Bassetti, Rima Baransi, Ross Martinson
Lights: Michał Andrysiak
Vocals: Emre Zaim Demirtas
Visuals: Stanislav Glazov
Costumes: UY Studio
Production: Leo Beck, Dominika Wiśniewska
Curation: Helena Eleonora Rönnmark

ZONE was produced by fashion-label and art platform, UY studio, as part of their fifth anniversary at Halle am Berghain, Berlin, curated by Helena Eleonora Rönnmark, and in artistic collaboration with sound composer and musician, Dasha Rash, Butoh and performance artist, Valentin Tzin, and choreographers and consciousness researches, Matan Zamir and Gal Naor (The progressive wave). 

Photos and Gifs: Frank R. Schröder for iHeartBerlin.de

Workshops

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Science of Signs Methodology  The transparent body 

In this workshop, we will share our artistic practice which is devoted to an extreme physical exploration that is in constant correspondence with philosophical and spiritual teachings. Improvisation will be used as a strategy to unlearn the habits of the mind. We will investigate the borders between knowing and not knowing, states of awareness, abstraction and intention, stillness and physical activity to expand the way we perceive our bodies. We will learn to dissolve our beliefs in distance and separation.

 

Self Translated / a physical-emotional group ritual

In the session, we will physically explore the notion Oneness by establishing a robust, loving base. We will dive together into a mental journey, forming meaningful relations of physical understanding and emotional trust. We set our personal intentions, tune in to each other beyond words, transform our sexual energy into pure love, communication, and creativity, share our authentic healing powers, support each other, and expend our mutual heart.

 

Signing Intimacy / a private shared inquiry

An invitation to an intimate empowering journey in which we enhance our inner dialogue to be soft, loving, and intuitive. We will experiment with both communal and individual inquiries on the quest to find our unique ways to connect, express, feel, and acknowledge. We will explore Self-Intimacy in a nonverbal context, learn how to listen to our body-knowledge, discover our authentic individual Sign Language, and dance to connect and unlock emotional baggage.

 

We offer an inclusive space welcoming mixable artists, dancers, actors, musicians and people with and without experience in performing arts. We open the door to those who wish to deepen the connection to their body and creative mind. The workshop can be accessible to the Deaf population by simultaneous Sign-Language interpretation. Every workshop can be between a few hours to a few days.

For more information please contact us at info@theprogressivewave.com

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Collaborators

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Sponsors  & Co-Producers

Hauptstadtkulturfonds – Berlin
ID festival – Berlin
Theater Freiburg – Freiburg 
Szloma Albam Foundation – Berlin
Tanzlabor21 – Frankfurt am Main

Supporters

Trauma Bar und Kino – Berlin
Radialsystem V – Berlin
Ballhaus Ost – Berlin

Thikwa Theater – Berlin
Sasha Waltz & Guests – Berlin

Artistic Partners

Possible World
Thikwa Werkstatt
matanicola
Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Marc Jungreithmeier
Ori Alboher
Dasha Rush
Ori Efrat
UY studio 
Valentin Tszin
SADAK
Don Aretino
Tomer Rosenthal
Amit Elan
Jessica Comis
Hermes Pittakos
Shira Kela
Neal Franc
Ruthe Zuntz

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Premiere: March 16th, 2018 at Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.

William Shakespeares Ein Sommernachtstraum ist ein über 400 Jahre altes Verwirrspiel der Menschen, ihrer Körper, ihrer Sprachen, Träume und Gefühle. In einem Palast und einem Wald zur Sommersonnenwende, wohin Liebende vor den Gesetzen der städtischen Gesellschaft flüchten, Feen und Menschen sich begegnen und das bis dahin überschaubare, wohlgeordnete Leben aus seiner Fassung gerät. Sprache verliert hier ihren Sinn, Körper prallen aufeinander. Traum wird zur Wirklichkeit und Wirklichkeit wird zum Traum. In einer Nacht voller Begierden und Liebe tobt sich das Innerste nach außen. In seiner aktuellen Produktion erforscht das Ensemble Possible World das Potenzial von Sprache als Aktion im Raum. Die Ausgangspunkte sind der Stücktext von William Shakespeare und Deutsche Gebärdensprache.

Das Ensemble besteht aus sechs gehörlosen und zwei hörenden Darstellern sowie zwei Codas (Children of deaf adults). Da Gehörlose in einer visuell-kinästhetischen Weise kommunizieren, die der hörenden Welt ungewohnt erscheint, fordert das international besetzte Ensemble die traditionellen westlichen Grenzen von Sprache und Literatur heraus.

For hearing and Deaf audiences

Direction: Michaela Caspar
Choreography: The progressive wave / Gal Naor & Matan Zamir
Creative Performers: Anka Böttcher, Brian Duffy, Emilia von Heiseler, Eyk Kauly, Athina Lange, Peter Marty, Gal Naor, Okan Seese, Anne Zander, Wille F. Zante
Translation to German Sign-Language: Eyk Kauly, Wille F. Zante, Corinna Brenner
Bharatanatyam Choreography: Rajyashree Ramesh
Scenography: Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag
Costumes: Gabriele Wischmann
Visual Vernacular: Brian Duffy
Video: Jens Kupsch
Light Design: Fabian Eichner
Director Assistant: Max Neu
Production Manager: Daniel Schrader

A production of Possible World e. V. in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost, Berlin. Funded by Aktion Mensch, Vinci Foundation and the Herbert-Grünewald-Foundation.

Science of Signs

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Science of Signs Performance Trilogy 

In 2016, together with the support of ID Festival Berlin, we had embarked working on our latest performance trilogy, Science of Signs. This theatric triptych, presented in three correlating chapters,  is exploring the relations between science, performance, and spirituality, structuring unique dramaturgical modules to examine both juxtapositions and overlaps between religious motifs, traditional elements, and cultural references. 

This performance trilogy gives prominence to the work of art as to a work of translation and wishes to question the spiritual and educative roles of performance-art in today’s society. It aims to adopt a comprehensive approach towards both esoteric and mainstreamed religious doctrines and spiritual theories to examine their relevance in our culture. 

Making use of different written, spoken and signed languages, live cameras, 3D video-mapping and the execution of live audio-visual experiments, Science of Signs performance trilogy is an alluring performative score which shapes an innovative translation to coded universal knowledge.

Science of Signs I: Lights & Vessels

Science of Signs II: Oráculo

INTERFERENCE

In a seductive and oppressive world that promises everything but fulfils nothing, in an attention deficit disorder era, where T.V. stars dwell at their studio’s waiting room, compelled under the tyranny of the omnipresent gaze. It seems that the power balance has changed when the daily broadcasting schedule has been dripped into their drink.

In pragmatics, ‘Interference’ is a notion describing a phenomenon when rules of one language interfere with another.

 INTERFERENCE is a performance piece exploring the relations between the media and the individual, between the public and the private.

Concept/Direction/Choreography
Gal Naor
Performance
Hila Gross
Ana Weisselberg
Tchelet Weisstub
Maayan Mozess
Gal Naor
Yoel Ron
Stage Design
Daniel Rauchwerger
Costume Design
Karni Cadan
Sound Design
Yaniv Schonfeld
Maya Felixbrodt
Production
Hila Spector
Totur
Dr. Daphna Ben-Shaul

 Thanks to: Dr. Galia Hirch, Dr. Efrat Mishori, Maya Levy, Iris Erez, Ira Avneri

INTERFERENCE is the final project of Gal Naor’s four year program of performance studies at the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem.

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