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Jaamil Olowale Kosoko: Séancers. 14.01.2018, American Realness, Abrons Art Center, New York.

An enthusiastic stump was vibrating the space. A white tulle with a skull, decaying minds, a 10-year-old black kid murdered by a white police officer – calculated violence, a piercing scream blended with a speech. The ‘entertainer’ was singing: “The past is not the past.” Meanwhile, a poem was channeling the souls of Audre Lorde and James Baldwin. We were nailed on our seats, watching this time-drag of a performance lecture, wondering what happened to the “negro” if ze have allowed to exist.

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Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez with Nick Hallett and Jennifer Monson: Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd. 13.01.2018, American Realness, Danspace Project, New York.

Lost and (couldn’t be) found. How many (red) chairs were lost and couldn’t be found because of the violent virus?

The choreography as the experiment of re-imagining and remaking was generated with the drawings, compositions, choreographies, and texts of the choreographer John Bernd (RIP). Smoothie making „158“ weiterlesen

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Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis: The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight. 12.01.2018, American Realness, Gibney Dance Center, New York.

The rupture began with pointing out the right seats to experience the touch and gaze, being more exposed to each other to delve into the phenomena of peripheral fluctuation, a term coined by disabled theorist Bill Shannon, they stare at me and the moment I look back at them, the gaze pretends that nothing has happened. „157“ weiterlesen

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Jérôme Bel: The show must go on. 20.12.2017, Volksbühne Berlin.

Liebevolles Enttäuschungstheater: Entlang der Texte bekannter, in Gänze abgespielter Pop-Klassiker – der DJ ist gut sichtbar Teil der Performance – führt uns Jérôme Bel im 17. Jahr durch eine Abfolge von 19 Songs (von „Tonight“, „Let the Sunshine in“ bis zum titelgebenden „The show must go on“), und wir erkennen diese wieder, reden (Wann passiert hier endlich was?), schauen intensiv „156“ weiterlesen

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Sol León & Paul Lightfoot: Safe as Houses. 29.11.2017, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT 1) at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin.

I Ching or Book of Changes, the oldest of the Chinese classics, an ancient text of divination and a foundation and inspiration for so many works of modern dance, is here transfigured into an impression of swoops and curves, black calligraphic lines on a turning white page, bright, white flecks of light. „154“ weiterlesen