Uferstudios 5
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Photo: Nicolai Sauer


Performance · Premiere by David Bloom
In the frame of Fold – Narratives & Transgressions

A body without a place sings, and through language, shapes reality. Can it address its trauma, inherited, the body itself as the medium of moving and moving through, or does it blow that trauma through other bodies instead? 
In this solo of nigunim, embodied, trancelike Jewish songs of worship that usually incorporate bible verses or other classical texts, these lyrics will tap into the words of Jewish activists past - such as Rabbi Joshua Abram Heschel, who recalled feeling like his “legs were praying” as he walked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 - and present. A nigun is a song, but is related to nagan, a weapon.
The solo explores a joyful approach to spirit that is rooted in tikkun olam - repairing the world - in which body and voice carry a vision of queer, inclusive, activist Judaism into the future.

25.03.2023 Artist Talk after the performance

23.03.2023   18:00  Haptic Access Tour + Audio description by Jess Curtis / Gravity Access Service (Lena Michaelis)
Registration at anmeldung@tanzfabrik-berlin.de or +49 (0)30 / 200 592 70
In collaboration with Gravity Access Service, Tanzfabrik offers selected events with audio description and a so-called Haptic Access Tour (tactile tour). This includes live and recorded audio descriptions for blind and visually impaired visitors* and, in addition, sensory access consultations. For more information, visit the website: www.jesscurtisgravity.org/access

Access Information
The performance will last about 50min and will take place in Uferstudio 5. The main language will be English. Four loudspeakers are set up from which different soundtracks come. There will be about 25 beanbags and also chairs.
The accessible toilet is located a few meters from studio 5 in front of studio 3.
If you have futher questions about accessibility, feel free to contact Juan Harcha by email at: harcha@tanzfabrik-berlin.de or by phone: 030-200 592 70.

Limited metro service

Until 19.06.2023 at 3:30 a.m., the metro line U8 does not stop at the station U Pankstraße, direction S+U Hermannstraße. To reach the station, please travel to S+U Gesundbrunnen and from there back, direction Wittenau.

David Bloom

David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, and fermenting Jewish mystic. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin, danceWEB scholarship in 2012. David teaches in many contexts, including HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. More info at:  davidbloom.info
Tickets: Pay as you can (10€ / 15€ / 20€ / 25€)
Dance, Choreography, Audio:  David Bloom
Audio based on conversations with Sara Gothelf-Bloom, Dr. Steven Bloom, Bonnie Buckner, Rabbi Diane Elliot, Rabbi Julia Watts Belser, Stuart B. Meyers, Shoshana Vogel of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Rabbi Irwin Keller, Nicole Bindler, Isaac Flegel-Mishlove of IfNotNow
Sound post-production & remixes: Mei Bao
Audio support: Jassem Hindi, Juan Rojas
Nigunishe support: Jalda Rebling

Special thanks to Dekel Peretz, Louise Trueheart, Lukas Matthaei, Alex Lauck, Nikola Pieper, HZT Berlin, Felicitas, Nara, Vincenz, and the great team at Tanzfabrik

“At Sinai”, music & lyrics by David Bloom 
“Olam Chesed Yibaneh”, music & lyrics by Menachem Creditor

The research for the project was supported by an Initial-Stipendium from Akademie der Künste, and by a #takeheart research grant in the frame of Neustart Kultur by Fonds Darstellende Künste.