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Krump "N“Break Release

work in progress by shifts – art in movement / David Brandstätter & Malgven Gerbes
In the frame of 8th Tanznacht Berlin 2014

Our body reveals our history. It tells of our roots, our living conditions and our environment. Five dancers from France and Germany and four dance styles meet on stage. They engage with one another, take on the world of the other and develop a common body language. The fury of the Krump, the virtuoso acrobatics of the Break, the openness of Release and the intensive communication of Contact, each brings its own vocabulary and form the basis for a work that burrows deep into the individual biographies of each dancer. Will the work change the dancer’s style? Will it alter that person’s biography and therefore their immediate environment? One thing’s for certain – from this meeting emerges a new form of intense corporeality. A new dance. A new movement, which is the first step to a new world.

Concept, Choreograpy: Malgven GerbesDavid BrandstätterDance and choreographic collaboration: Raphael Hillebrandt, Alan Page, Waldo Pierre, Anthony Jean, Emlilie Quedrago-Ascencao Lima. Coaching and dramaturgical advice: Howard Katz. Video: Christoph Lemmen.Composition: Ruth Wiesenfeld, David Brandstätter. Lighting design: Bruno Pocheron.Lighting/Technical Assistance: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez, Ruth Waldeyer. Press: Ruth Hundsdoerfer.Graphics: Yoann Bertrandy. Production Management: Katja Kettner/Tine Elbel. Production: shifts art in movement. Coproduction: Les Hivernales d’Avignon, Le Triangle – Cité de la Danse de Rennes, Fabrik Potsdam, Tanzfabrik Berlin, WIP – La Villette. Supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles de Haute-Normandie, La Région Haute-Normandie, Institut Français.

shifts – art in movement / David Brandstätter & Malgven Gerbes

David Brandstätter born in Wuppertal Germany, grew up in Frankfurt and studied applied music science in Hamburg. From the age of 15 he worked internationally as a juggler and unicyclist, and became a practitioner of traditional Japanese martial arts. In 2001, he started his studies of choreography in Arnhem at the European Dance Development Centre (now called ArtEZ). During his studies he met Seung Hee Yang and Malgven Gerbes who became his main collaborators at the time. He concentrated his research on the development of contact improvisation towards choreographic structures, and as a tool to bring conceptual thought and movement desires together. He graduated in 2005. Besides the work for s h i f t s and among other smaller works, he has organised different artistic exchange projects for choreography, improvisation and contact improvisation in Berlin, and has taught contact improvisation and choreography at: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Fabrik Potsdam, Ernst Busch Hochschule für Schauspielkunst, Statdtheater Düsseldorf, ArtEZ Arnhem (NL), Korean National University of Arts Seoul, Dartington College of arts (UK), Session House Tokyo, and elsewhere. Since 2010 he is a board member of ZTB Berlin the association for contemporary dance in Berlin.

Malgven Gerbes is born in France. She studied architecture in Paris in the ENSAAMA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et Métiers d’Arts), and worked two years as architect in Le Bon Marché Paris (Group LVMH). She graduated in choreography in ArtEZ Arnhem (former EDDC) in the Netherlands. Malgven Gerbes choreographed and performed for group collaborative projects in Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, in the Forum Freies Theater in Düsseldorf, for the Miryang Summer Festival in Korea, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival DANCE 2010 Munich, les Hivernales d’Avignon, among others. She was guest professor for one semester in the choreographic department at the Korean National University of the Arts (KNUA)
in autumn 2007, in the choreographic department of ArtEZ Arnhem in spring 2008, in Dartington College
of arts (UK) in 2009. She regularly teaches for professional dancers in places such as Tanzfabrik Berlin, Labor Gras Berlin, Session House Tokyo.