Elastic Endings

Victoria McConnell

Death is the only certainty in human existence. But the end is actually a beginning: we experience time only as a result of death, the knowledge of an ending. Just as light cannot be appreciated without shadow, living takes on meaning in time because of death. We measure time, we feel it. We see it passing in plants, seasons, and the human body. Decay becomes an indicator of time, the movement towards an end.  In this performance project, death is the starting point. We use it to frame our exploration of time and our sensation of it passing. Do we move through time or does it move around us? Time is both linear and cyclical. Tick, tock, tick tock: we measure it with watches and in our bodies. Using movement imagery from nature and cosmology, we will play with measuring time, the postures of decay, and manipulating experienced time. Can we find endless or infinite movements? Time flies and it stands still, depending on our emotions. Can we slow down or speed up time with our bodies?  Playing with improvisation as well as manipulating material from Victoria’s research, we will consider time from the viewpoint of plants and humans, and enjoy the whoosh of perspective shift between microcosm and macrocosm. With body, voice, humour, and sensitivity we will research, then knit together a performative frame for the final evening’s public showing.

Fee: 190 € / red: 170 € / professional dancers: 150 € | Application for the project:

Additionally you can join the Contemporary class with Victoria McConnell

 | Mon & Wed 18:10-19:40

Victoria's Contemporary Dance class begins with guided improvisations to bring awareness of the breath, awaken the skin’s sensation, and invite the brain and the body to arrive in the space. Warming up further, the class flows through structured exercises to activate the core and large muscle groups while flowing in and out of the floor. Continuing to weave improvisation with technique, Victoria offers a focus or theme, which returns throughout the class. As the class progresses we eat up space with spirals, floor work and turns, moving across the space using tasks and short phrases to integrate sensation and detail with larger movements. Bringing the various elements together, the class culminates in phrase-work and integrating improvisation or individual movement qualities into the structure or choreography Victoria offers. 

Fee: Single class 12€, 10x card 110€

Uferstr. 23, 13357 Berlin

Mon + Wed 20:00 - 22:00
Showing: 21.10.2020 / 21:00
Registration for the project:
Phone 030.786 58 61