Uferstudios 14
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Photo: Sven Hagolani

The way you look (at me) tonight

Performance by Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis
In the frame of Open Spaces#3-2016

How do we look at each other? How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? Can we change how we see others? "The Way You Look (at me) Tonight" is a social sculpture—a sensory journey, for two performers and audience. Dancing, singing, telling stories and asking questions, leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis, combine performance, music, and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world. In collaboration with noted author and philosopher of perception Dr. Alva Noë, video artist Yoann Trellu, composer Matthias Herrmann, and dramaturge Luke Pell, they perform an evening-length duet that excavates their own ways of seeing each other—as a man and a woman of different ages, bodies and backgrounds. In 2005 Curtis was the choreographer who first introduced Cunningham to movement, leading to her career as a choreographer in her own right. Now a decade later they return to work together to co-create "The Way You Look (at me) Tonight".

2.- 6.11.  Audio Description (AD)
Audio Description provides a verbal version of the visual elements: action, costumes and setting. During the performances will play a recorded version in English, which was made in the UK for international use. Please register latest one day before the performance date per email: produktion@tanzfabrik-berlin.de
Please ask the Front of House workers for your individual head set.

3.11. German Sign Language (DGS)
Laura Schwengber will simultaneously interpret from English into DGS.

4.11. Touch tour before the performance
A touch tour permits access to the stage and set before a performance for blind or partially sighted theatre-goers. Patrons will explore the space, and may like to handle selected props, costumes and performers. The touch tour starts at 7:30pm and last approximately 20 minutes. Please register latest on 2.11. per e-mail: produktion@tanzfabrik-berlin.de

3.+ 5.11. After talk with Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis
3.11. Laura Schwengber will translate from English into DGS.
5.11. The students of Dance Intensive/Tanzfabrik Berlin program will moderate the post-show talk with the artists in the frame of a seminar conducted by Silke Bake

Assistance dogs welcome
Audio systems are available by request.

Created and Performed by Jess Curtis & Claire Cunningham | Philosophical Consultation: Dr. Alva Noë | Dramaturgy: Luke Pell | Composition: Matthias Herrmann | Video: Yoann Trellu | Costumes & Set: Michiel Keuper | Light Design/ Technical Direction: Chris Copland | Production: Nadja Dias | Co-Producer: Julia Danila, Alec White | A production of Jess Curtis/ Gravity, Claire Cunningham and Tramway Glasgow | Supported by Unlimited funded by Creative Scotland, Tramway Glasgow, New England Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The California Arts Council, Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., Kofinanzierungsfonds der Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.


Claire Cunningham

Claire Cunningham, Glasgow/UK. is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham's work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies) or the attempt to move with the pretense of a body or aesthetic other than her own. www.clairecunningham.co.uk

Jess Curtis

Jess Curtis is an award-winning choreographer, performer and scholar committed to an art-making practice informed by experimentation, innovation, critical discourse and social relevance at the intersections of fine art and popular culture. Curtis has created and performed multidisciplinary dance performance throughout the U.S., Europe with seminal group Contraband, the radical performance collective CORE and the experimental French Circus company Cahin-Caha, Cirque Batard. From 1991 to 1998 he co-directed the ground-breaking San Francisco performance venue 848 Community Space with Keith Hennessy and Michael Whitson. In 2000, Curtis founded his own trans-continental performance company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, based in Berlin and San Francisco. In 2011 he was presented the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography and the Homer Avila Award for innovation in physically diverse performance. Curtis is active as a writer, advocate and community organizer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance and teaches Dance, Contact Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Performance for individuals of all abilities throughout the US and Europe. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California at Davis. www.jesscurtisgravity.org

German premiere
in English