Wedding 4
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Photo: Norman Schlupp


Recherche-Präsentation by Kareth Schaffer
In the frame of Open Spaces #3-2015

Don’t believe everything you hear.

Kareth Schaffer explores foley as a choreographic tool and performative practice. “Unerhört” dives into the world of cinematic post-production, where the sounds of movement, steps, clothing, and props are created in the sound studio and synchronized to the moving image. An uncanny realm between film, sound, and dance – between the aural and the visual – points away from and next to the performers’ bodies. “Open Spaces” gives insight into a longer research process before a premiere in summer 2016.

Concept: Kareth Schaffer | Performance, collaboration: Niels Bovri, Manon Parent, Kareth Schaffer | With thanks to Boglárka Börcsök, Ana Laura Lozza, Lee Meir, Claudia Tomasi, Cathy Walsh | A research presentation by Kareth Schaffer with friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin, Uferstudios Berlin GmbH, NRW Kultursekretariat, tanzhaus NRW and Hans Peter Zimmer Foundation Düsseldorf.

Kareth Schaffer

Kareth Schaffer is a choreographer and performer: in her "post-postmodern" dance pieces she has so far examined prophecies, mud wrestling, thrillers, synchronised swimming, foley, emoticons and conversation formats, among others. Her most recent works include a diptych about the tragic heroine Kassandra (Cassandra Has Turned 1 + 2, 2018), a fan fiction piece about Angela Merkel (Merkel Dances, 2019) and a comprehensive investigation of foley, the dubbing of sounds in film, as a choreographic tool (Unheard Of, 2016). Schaffer is a Pina Bausch Scholar and was nominated by the Jahrbuch Tanz for the "Dancer of the Year 2018" award.