Agata Siniarska, Jeremy Wade, Antonia Baehr, Siegmar Zacharias
In the frame of 9. Tanznacht Berlin 2016
In these four speech acts, response and declaration, or the statement, serve as the theme and language as choreography. A bare stage and an artist that gives voice and shape to its thoughts and reassesses the speech act’s potential for action. Between political speech (having to say something) and imagistic description (a composed manner of speaking), language is turned into a tool and material for the stage space. The speech takes root in the moment of encounter with the audience. Initiated by Philipp Gehmacher in 2013.
Produced by Tanznacht Berlin. Coaching: Philipp Gehmacher | The format SAY SOMETHING was initiated in 2013 by Philipp Gehmacher and premiered at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival with Claudia Bosse, Tim Etchells, Philipp Gehmacher, Maria Hassabi, Gerald Kurdian and Liz Santoro.
Agata Siniarska creates work within different formats for performances, events, practices, lectures, videos, etc. Having studied choreography and given a chance to different kinds of theatrical forms, she currently devises feminist fun studies and cultivates her yearning for language and writing, cinema and animation within the scope of her practice. She is a founding member of female trouble, a friendship based collective revolving around identity, body, feminisms, pleasure, affirmation and love. Addicted to fiction, she conducts her investigations, fashioning herself as a tool of rhetoric, through the cultural structures inscribed to her. Fueled by the energy of profound theoretical hesitancy, she approaches every action she makes with passion and intense fascination, often acting not singularly but in the company of many exquisite adventures. cargocollective.com/agatasiniarska
Jeremy Wade is a performer, performance maker, curator and teacher. He graduated from the School For New Dance Development, Amsterdam in 2000. He premiered his first piece, “Glory” at Dance Theater Workshop, New York City in 2006, for which he received a Bessie Award. Since then, Wade has been living in Berlin and working closely with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. His recent works include “Dark Material” (2013), with Sculptor Monika Grzymala and the band Xiu Xiu and “Together Forever” (2014), a three hour participatory practice / feast. In 2015 Wade created "Death Asshole Rave Video" and "DrawnOnward", both dealing with the death of man, zombie subjectivity and the precarious body situated in advanced capitalism.
Antonia Baehr set out one day by foot from a house in the countryside as a young explorer, performing puppet shows in town squares for her daily bread. After studying and making things, Antonia Baehr also became Werner Hirsch the dancer and horse whisperer who made films and the producer of Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the composer Henry Wilt and the husband Henry Wilde. She delighted in teaching young artists at colleges and by now her work explored the fiction of the everyday and of the theatre, among other themes, often working with other artists and other scores. Then something extraordinary happened and she was invited to The Beursschouwburg in Brussels, to present an event full of the work of Baehr's and Hirsch's and of all the friends who had done things with her before. It was very lovely and there was a lot of laughing like in the book “Rire / Laugh / Lachen”. And when that was over and the confetti was swept away, a new book full of portraits of affinities in animal metaphors was made filled with pictures, scores and etchings, which followed the performance, “Abecedarium Bestiarium” which performed in Columbia and Japan and there was more along the way; “Larry Peacock”, “My Dog Is My Piano”, "For Ida", the radio plays, “For Faces”, “Merci”, “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” and that is not in any order, but it all tumbled out into the sea where she wrote “Des miss et des mystères“ with Olivier, and in the middle and near the end of that she danced Tango, fell in and out of love, celebrated her parents paintings, and started making a new normal dance with her friends who are not at all dancers, but some are. www.make-up-productions.net
Siegmar Zacharias studied philosophy, comparative literature & performance art. She now works in theory and practice in the field of performance. She works in situations of embodied thinking together through matters and matter. This practice collides approaches from philosophy, with pop culture, science and parascience, observing and realising the entanglement of the relations of human and non-human actors in different constellations into an ecology of performance. Her works develop formats of performances, lectures, installations, discursive formats and sharing, dealing with questions of agency, the contract of the willful suspension of disbelief and the critical substance it produces.They are situated between labour and humour, do-it-yourself low tech and high tech. They have been presented nationally and internationally at festivals, in theatres, galleries, green houses, clubs, the woods, and up in the sky. She is the co-founder of the transdisciplinary group SXS Enterprise and initiator of Women On Work- WOW We work here, a platform of exchange of Berlin based artists. www.siegmarzacharias.com