Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Sheena McGrandles
In the frame of 9. Tanznacht Berlin 2016
A white cube is adapted to the conditions of theater, creating an onstage wunderkammer, cabinet of curiosities in which strange materials, phenomena, bodies, moments and working methods from the performing and visual arts intertwine. A choreography of objects, materials and bodies develops over the course of several hours and results in a continuously shifting spectrum of situations.
Concept and Performance: Sheena McGrandles and Claire Vivianne Sobottke | With support from Tanznacht Berlin. Special thanks to HZT – Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin.
Claire Vivianne Sobottke defines her work as a place of resistance, where norms of seeing and thinking can be challenged. She graduated in acting from UdK Berlin, but quickly began to work as performer and dancemaker. In 2013, she received a danceWEB scholarship at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. In 2014/15, she created “golden game” together with Tian Rotteveel. Dealing with the idea of the “untamed,“ this piece uses the explosive states and bodies of children as a passage into wilderness. By defining the voice, in its different states of singing and speaking as a source for movement, she will create her new solo “strange songs” in 2016 (Tanzhaus Zürich / Pact Zollverein). In 2016, Claire founded “Amazonas,” an interdisciplinary platform to support young female artists in Berlin, and is creating a personal interpretation of Mary Wigman’s “Witch Dance.” She has collaborated with artists including Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Tino Sehgal, Tian Rotteveel, Karol Tyminski, Institutet, Christoph Winkler, Theo Solink, Miriam Horwitz, Gaëtan Rusquet, Johannes Schmit, Jule Flierl.
Sheena McGrandles graduated from the Laban Center, London (2007). From 2008-09, she was an artist in resident with Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland. She completed her MA Solo/Dance/Authorship at HZT Berlin and from 2012-13, she was Choreographer in Residence at K3 Hamburg, creating the work “true balls.“ She has performed her works throughout Europe, and continues her collaboration with Zinzi Buchanan on a series of pieces such as “Steve&Sam. MAN POWER MIX, New Materialism“ (Tanztage Sophiensaele, Flutgraben and Something Raw, Amsterdam). In June, she will present “WHO’S THE PARTY NOW, SISTER?“ her most recent research project as part of Tanzkongress in Hannover, which deals with invisible and forgotten feminist performance art works from the 60’s & 70’s. Since October 2013, she is Artistic Research Associate in the BA program “Dance, Context, Choreography” at HZT Berlin. She has collaborated with artists including Eva Meyer-Keller, Isabelle Schad, Daniel Kok, Tove Sahlin.
16:00 – 20:00