Tanzfabrik
Berlin
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Uferstudios 14
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
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Photo: Marius Mailander

Unheard Of

Performance by Kareth Schaffer

“Don’t believe everything you hear.”
The performance “Unheard Of” investigates the body’s potential to point beyond itself: towards an uncanny realm between the aural and the visual. Exploring the craft of “foley” as a choreographic tool and performative practice, “Unheard Of“ 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. The manipulation of objects and bodies in the style of the functional movement propagated within postmodern dance produces the illusory and ominous soundscapes of the film fragments shown on stage. By bringing foley from the sound studio to the stage, the project is dedicated to making an invisible art form visible.

Concept, choreography: Kareth Schaffer | Performance, dramaturgy: Boglárka Börcsök | Performance, sound design: Niels Bovri | Performance, music: Manon Parent | Performance, light design: Cathy Walsh | Costume design: Lee Meir | Technical direction, light design: Michele Piazzi | PR: björn & björn | Production management: Cilgia Gadola / M.i.C.A. | Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds in cooperation with Tanzfabrik Berlin.

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.