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Sydney Leoni, Kat Valastur, Maria F. Scaroni, Sebastian Matthias
In the frame of 9. Tanznacht Berlin 2016
“walk+talk” is a lecture performance format in which choreographers use movement and words to present their personal movement language and the diverse sources from which it derives. The words, however, are not meant to explain, nor is the movement meant to illustrate the words. Instead, movement and language are treated as equally important forms of artistic expression that strengthen one another. As these forms converge with their subject, they strive for synergy, intertwine, and, as a result, produce a choreographic tension. “walk+talk” was initiated by Philipp Gehmacher in 2008. The Berlin edition is produced by Tanznacht Berlin in co-operation with Tanz im August.
Further performances in the frame of Tanz im August: 26.08. 20.15, HAU Hebbel am Ufer
By and with: Sidney Leoni, Sebastian Matthias, Maria F. Scaroni, Kat Válastur | Coaching: Philipp Gehmacher | Produced by Tanznacht Berlin in co-operation with Tanz im August. The format walk+talk was initiated in 2008 by Philipp Gehmacher and has been realized thus far by more than 20 artists in Wien, Brüssel, Stockholm and Reykjavík.
Kat Válastur, is a Berlin-based choreographer and performer. Fragmentation, time lapse, entropy and virtuality are some of the notions that emerge from her dance works, through the creation of a specific fictional force field in which the bodies of the performers are exposed to. As part of her creative process she utilizes personal diagrams, scores drawings and texts that she creates for each work. In 2013-2014, she was an invited artist (grantee) at the Institut für Raumexperimente, an educational research project by Ólafur Elíasson in collaboration with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). In the context of the program, she started her research on the new series of choreographies “The marginal sculptures of Newtopia”. The series includes the works “GLAND“ (2014), “Ah! Oh! A contemporary Ritual“ (2014) and was completed in 2016 with the dance piece “OILinity“, a poetic reflection upon the problem on dependence of western societies on crude oil and its consequences on human and nature. The series were co-produced and presented at HAU Hebbel am Ufer. She studied dance at the Hellenic school of dance, at the Trisha Brown studios on a Fulbright scholarship and received a Master degree from the (SODA) Master Program at the Inter-University for Dance in Berlin. Her work is presented internationally.
From Italian TV dance productions to release-based and post-modern dance techniques, from contact improvisation to literature studies and theoretical engagement, Maria Francesca Scaroni is moving through the complex network of learning and making dances since 1996. Scaroni’s works focus on the process of collaboration, play with durational experiences and are featured by a crossbreeding between performance, choreography and installation. Recently Maria is involved in researching dance as a possible divination form or Oracle. She created theatrical/installative/durational events with Jess Curtis (The Symmetry Project), with Vania Rovisco (within AADK, The State of Things) and since 2014 meets Frank Willens in Towards Another Miraculous. Since 2011 Maria is creating and touring works with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, (Until Our Hearts Stop, Sketches/Notebook, Built To Last) and shares with Meg Stuart and the Berlin dance community the commitment to Improvisation as a performance event. She interprets works by Tino Sehgal and collaborated as dancer/creator in many Berlin independent production (Jeremy Wade, Wilhelm Groener, Hanna Hegenscheidt to mention a few). She teaches in Berlin’s University HZT and is actively involved in forging other independent training programs (P.O.R.C.H. and Smash) where she is developing methodologies focusing on the body as material. With Peter Pleyer she facilitates laboratories around tracking one own’s dance lineage, weaving histories and practicing works from the Judson and Post Judson era. She holds a Masters degree in Italian Modern Literature, with a focus on Media and Communication and a thesis on education and dance.
Sebastian Matthias studied dance at the Julliard School in New York and Dance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin (MA). His choreographic work fundamentally deals with systems of improvisation, which he develops with his dancers in individual productions at venues including tanhaus nrw and Kampnagel or at institutions such as Theater Luzern and Cullberg Ballett. From 2012-2015, he delved deeper into his approach to artistic research via his dissertation “groove feeling” at the HafenCity University in Hamburg, which he then expanded with participatory processes during the “groove space” performance series.