Christina Ciupke, Nik Haffner, Mart Kangro
In the frame of Open Spaces #3-2015
The new work by Christina Ciupke, Nik Haffner and Mart Kangro can be seen as a continuation of their recent collaboration "wait and see" from 2012. The three artists dealt with intimate layers of physical and verbal communication as well as an exploration of how individual acts can become a collective effort. They started their new collaboration with the question to what extent each individual is replaceable. Gradually the focus has shifted to an exploration of how we can grasp what makes up a person. The performance proposes an algorithm of exchange between the performers in order to access and make visible one’s personal archive of memories, thoughts and all that has accumulated to shape what and who we are. Triggering these memories and thoughts from each other, the performance amplifies the moment before making up your mind– a moment of searching and doubt. A thought that lingers is thought twice. It's a now and a memory.
How much time do I give you, when asking a question?
What do I pass on to you with my answer?
Performance: Christina Ciupke, Nik Haffner, Mart Kangro | Light: Mehdi Toutain-Lopez, Emma Juliard | Production management: Barbara Greiner | A production of Christina Ciupke in coproduction with Tanzfabrik Berlin, supported by Regierender Bürgermeister Berlin, Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Kanuti Gildi SAAL Tallinn and the Ambassy of Estonia in Berlin
Prof. Nik Haffner studied art history at Giessen University and dance at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. In 1994 he joined Ballet Frankfurt. In the past few years he has worked increasingly in film and multimedia and has created video installations for several of William Forsythe's pieces. Since contributing to the CD-ROM "Improvisation Technologies", he has also worked regularly with the ZKM, Centre for Art and Media Technology in Karlsruhe. Now a freelance dancer and choreographer, he is making works for theatre, film and exhibitions. He is working for Laban Centre London, P.A.R.T.S. Brüssel and Ohio State University as guest lecturer. Since November 2008 he has been guest professor at the HZT Berlin. In November 2012 he has been appointed Artistic Director of the HZT Berlin. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mart Kangro is a performer and choreographer who lives in Tallinn. Since leaving the Estonian National Ballet he has been concentrating on his own choreographic works, which focus on the detail and the clarity of movement. He has an ongoing collaboration with artists like Thomas Lehmen, Christina Ciupke, the Estonian musician and sound artist Taavi Kerikmäe and the group Ansambel U:.