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The Source Code – ein Online-Projekt über eine Ausdruckstänzerin im Exil

Online-Projekt by Jochen Roller
In the frame of 8th Tanznacht Berlin 2014

The Source Code dedicates itself to the recreation of the last dance drama of the Viennese expressionist dancer Gertrud Bodenwieser from 1954. The Jewish exile together with her dance group, became the founders of modern dance in Australia. The Source Code not only reconstructs the dance steps from “Errand into the Maze” but also its political and cultural context. With four Australian choreographers as well as former members of the Bodenwieser Dance Group, Jochen Roller revived the piece in a studio in Sydney. In the online archive www.thesourcecode.de, there are many interviews, photos and letters alongside parts of the recreation itself. The public is invited to create multiple visions of the choreography for themselves in light of the documents presented as a reflection on the subjectivity of memory, the relativity of facts and the supposed possibility of reconstruction in dance.

Concept, research, reconstruction and archiving: Jochen Roller Video documentation: Andrea Keiz. Archiving: Theresa Willeke Research: Elisabeth Nehring. Reconstruction of Errand into the Maze: Nadia Cusimano, Matthew Day, Latai Taumoepeau, Lizzie Thomson. Conservator of the Bodenwieser Archive: Barbara Cuckson. Bodenwieser Consultants: Carol Brown, Lee Christofis, Biruta Clark, Moira Claux, Barbara Cuckson, Shona Dunlop-MacTavish, Elaine Vallence. Additional research: Jan Poddebsky Additional archiving: Andreas Russe. Programming: Enno Herwig/wemove digital soultions Graphic design: Claudia Heynen. Production:DepArtment. With support from the Rozelle School for Visual Arts, Sydney. Supported by: TANZFONDS ERBE – A Kulturstiftung des Bundes Inititative.

Jochen Roller

Jochen Roller was born in 1971 in West Berlin and studied at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen and choreography at the Laban Centre in London. To date he has choreographed more than 50 pieces for the stage, galleries, fashion and film. His stage productions have toured Europe, the Near East, Asia and the Pacific region. His three hour solo trilogy perform performing (2002-2004) has been shown 147 times and was finally auctioned in 2009 at Christie’s in Hamburg. His latest piece Trachtenbummler premiered in 2013 in Tanz im August. Jochen Roller also works as a dancer in the Ensemble Gintersdorfer/Klassen and for Martin Nachbar. He has been a dramaturge for Joavien Ng (Singapore), Kadir Memis (Berlin) and Jecko Siompo (Jakarta). From 2007 until 2010, Jochen and Anne Kersting curated Kampnagel’s seasonal dance programme in Hamburg. During this time he founded the Live Art Festival in connection with seven European centres of theatre and was its director between 2009 and 2010. Jochen was a jury member for the Tanzplattform in 2010 and the German National Academic Foundation in 2011 and 2012. Jochen Roller has been on the Goethe Institute list of significant German choreographers since 2004.
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