Uferstudios 5
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Foto: Marion Borriss


Performance by TanzZeit Jugendcompany, Kadir Amigo Memis
In the frame of 8th Tanznacht Berlin 2014

What rights are important to me and how do I enforce them? What can I do, in order not to be overlooked? Do people pay me more attention when I dance rather than talk? 55 young people were invited to work on these questions together with three professional choreographers from the hip-hop scene for the “Empört Euch!” TanzZeit Festival in November 2013. The three pieces that resulted were presented in schools as well as on two evenings in the dance studio in Podewil. Kadir Amigo Memis’s (the choreographer and co-founder of Flying Steps) piece Kellerkinder explores young peoples’ experiences with comments, opinions and trolling on sites like YouTube and Facebook. How do young people deal with anonymity and plurality as well as the overwhelming amount of information and degrading commentary on the Internet that demand our attention and want to shock, hurt and sometimes even kill?

ChoreographyKadir,Amigo’ Memis Dancers: Ben Hasan Al-Rim, Selin Dörtkades, Esther Roth, Franziska Doffin, Hanna Wittbecker. Choreography: Kadir Amigo Memis. Supported by the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Science Berlin, Vincentino e.V. and the Project Fund for Cultural Education.

TanzZeit Jugendcompany

Kadir Amigo Memis

Kadir ‘Amigo’ Memis was born in Bilecik, Turkey in 1974 and came to Berlin at the age of ten. Inspired by the emerging hip hop culture of the 1980s, he taught himself how to dance on the street. In 1993 Amigo and Vartan Bassil founded the B-Boy Crew Flying Steps, with which they won numerous titles in the renowned Breakdance Battles. Together with Takao Bab, Amigo founded the Dance-Unity, a communication platform that offers dancers worldwide the possibility of exchange. Funkin’ Stylez was also brought to life this way, becoming one of the largest international hip hop battles in Germany. In Amigo’s productions the individual exchange between dancers from various cultures plays a central role. He has worked at numerous theatre and opera houses, such as the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, at Mousonturm, at Tanzhaus NRW, and at HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Additionally, his pieces have been performed in numerous European cities such as Paris, Helsinki and Istanbul.www.kadirmemis.com