Premiere · Performance
Marc Philipp Gabriel, Kieron Jina
In the frame of Open Spaces#1-2017
“Down to Earth“ is a whirling dance of constructed identities shaped by increasingly complex constellations that go beyond the universal social interrogation of “where are you from?” and “what do you do?”. Existing examples of socially coded dance, music and cultural artifacts collide until alien identities are born and shattered on stage, drawing on the human body as a projection canvas. What agency do we really have in rupturing our identities? Kieron Jina (South Africa) and Marc Philipp Gabriel (Germany) work together since 2013. For “Down to Earth“ Yogin Sullaphen (South African) joins as a collaborator to assist in musical composition.
Choreography: Kieron Jina & Marc Philipp Gabriel | Music: Yogin Sullaphen | Light: Gretchen Blegen | Set: Marie Fricout | Set assistence: Liselotte Singer | Coproduction: Tanzfabrik Berlin and University of Johannesburg Arts and Culture. Supported by Internationaler Koproduktionsfonds des Goethe Instituts and Dance Umbrella Festival (Johannesburg).
Marc Philipp Gabriel is a Berlin based artist working between voice work, installation, video and architecture from the perspective of dance and movement. His one-hour-solo piece *AJIMA *for Maija Karhunen was premiered in Uferstudios Berlin in 2013, and has since travelled to Cyprus (supported by Goethe Intitut), Norway and Scotland. As a performer Marc has worked in productions for Tino Sehgal, Lea Moro, Shannon Cooney, Helena Botto, Matteo Graziano, Rita Vilhena and created numerous performances in collaboration with Liselotte Singer, Burkhard Körner, Kieron Jina, Katharina Greimel and others. In collaboration with BlingBlingRecycling collective he has instigated the performance practice *Monday FEAST, *having hosted 31 editions at various performance venues in Berlin until now. He received the danceWEB scholarship 2013 at ImPulsTanz Vienna, a Wild Card residency at Cullbergbaletten Stockholm with Liselotte Singer and graduated from the BA dance, context and choreography at the Inter-University Center for Dance (HZT) Berlin in summer 2015. www.marcphilippgabriel.com
Kieron Jina is one of South Africa's controversial choreographers and multidisciplinary artists, redefining both forms of the art in the country through his innovation within the field. Awarded one of the Mail and Guardian’s top 200 Young South Africans in 2012, Kieron Jina is not only a performance artists but also an international choreographer, dancer, teacher, facilitator, director, fashion designer/model, cinematographer and video editor. Jina was also selected as a DanceWeb scholar for 2013 at the ImPulseTanz Festival in Vienna, Austria. In 2014 Jina completed artistic residencies that lead to collaborative performance creations in the following countries Brazil, Germany, France, Reunion Island and South Korea. In 2015 he was the UJ Arts and Culture associate choreographer and currently is City Varsity’s movement studies lecturer. Jina was also a featured performing artist at the FNB JoburgArtFair 2015 and premiered a new creation entitled “Exotic”. In 2016 he co-created a new dance performance in entitled “Shave that Gummi” and will tour Berlin presenting “Ubu Never Loved Us” at the Berliner Festspiele for the foreign affairs programme. He is also the curator of Queer Art Night South Africa. www.kieronjina.com
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