May 6 & 7, 2022, 7PM
In modern functional systems, such as economic, political, but also private systems, which they move through in the 21st century, people are expected to act as reflectively, quickly, and effectively as possible. The contemporary body is subject to a specific temporal regime of acceleration: restless, dissected, and hyperactive. Hypothetic Bodies breaks with this doctrine and explores the state of contemplation as an active gesture of questioning. The performance investigates bodies, sound, and materialities that meet in a vacuum between action and stasis. In this extreme state, these bodies develop their own distorted rhythm, togetherness, and temporality, which always contain a notion of potentiality.
Due to the pandemic measures, Hypothetic Bodies resulted in a film, in collaboration with the filmmaker Svenja Simone Schulte. The zoomed-in camera view allows the choreographic material to be explored differently. A cinematic dramaturgy of deceleration that follows the body closely evokes different bodily temporalities. Through specific editing, the body dissolves into individual parts, and the space it moves in becomes unidentifiable – a landscape that allows different bodies and temporalities to appear.
Simone Gisela Weber & Julia Keren Turbahn participated in the 2020 edition of A.PART Festival. Click here to check out their previous contributions.
Simone Gisela Weber is an artist and choreographer living in Berlin. She graduated from the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT) with a BA in Dance, Context and Choreography. In her artistic practice, Simone works at the intersection of choreography, performance, and visual arts. Her interest lies in constructing complex physical and visual compositions in which the body is placed in a state of risk. She believes that meeting forces of the material and immaterial world reveal the unknown and unusual. In her works, she is inspired by ubiquitous habits and physical states, which she critically reinterrogates through an interplay of various media.
Simone has worked with, among others, deufert&plischke, Aernout Mik, Anna Aristarkhova, I -Jung Lim, Ellinor Ljungkvist, Sanna Blennow, Jan Rozman, Nile Koetting, and Boris Charmatz.
Julia Keren Turbahn studied media and cultural studies in Düsseldorf, and followed up with studies in Dance, Context, and Choreography at HZT in Berlin, graduating in early 2019. She values interdisciplinary and ongoing collaborative work processes. She shares a longstanding collaboration with visual artist Tal Alperstein from Tel Aviv, and the choreographers Simone Gisela Weber, Jan Rozman, and Lea Moro. Her deep interest in the moving body as an inherent part of her artistic practice is also reflected in her movement to different positions and spaces within artistic projects.
Svenja Simone Schulte works as a filmmaker and film mediator. She studied photography, applied cultural studies and film in Leipzig, Hildesheim and Paris. She is currently doing a Master’s degree in Art in Context at UDK Berlin.
Her artistic interests lie at the intersection of feminist and collective practices, speculative fiction, film and performance. As a film mediator, she advocates intersectional feminist and experimental film education.
Furthermore, she works closely with dance and performance collectives as a cinematographer.
She is co-founder of the interdisciplinary collectives King Kong pratique, Operation Alien Love, as well as co–re.
Concept, Choreography: Julia Keren Turbahn, Simone Gisela Weber
Performance: Simone Gisela Weber
Video Director, Director of Photography, Editor: Svenja Simone Schulte
2nd camera: Charlotte Elsa Grief
Sound design: Nikola Pieper
Costume design: Bettina Mileta
Light design, Stage design: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Technical director: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Dramaturgical support: Vilja Mihalovsky
Movement coaching: Rachell Bo Clark
Dramaturgical support Editing: Dennis Vetter
Production management: Alexander Schröder
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Kunststiftung NRW. With the kind support of Uferstudios GmbH, Ateliergemeinschaft Milchhof e.V. and Maschinenhaus Essen.