soundance festival berlin 2020

holds a mirror to the current global situation.

Within a very short time, the festival artists have re-worked the pieces they intended to perform live for streaming. Recordings made on the stage, in the city, or in their own homes merge into a kaleidoscope of dance and music – interwoven throughout with live feeds of artistic encounters from cities including Madrid, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

The current restrictions have compelled artists to forge new paths, develop new ideas and formats, and experiment. Once again, online presentations become a source of friction. Nothing can replace physical presence on stage; nothing can replace directly and physically experiencing dance and sound with the all the senses! But: in editing the recently adapted recordings, new art emerges – as well as an astute and inquiring look at the here and now of artistic work within (urban) society.

Open Platform Improvisations

Photo: Improvisations © Aleks-Slota

Festival Program

soundance festival berlin enters its fourth round! Sounds of the viola combine with street dance, colony garden plots become a stage for a cellist and a dancer, acoustic haptics explore traces of memory. A choreographic miniature explores wandering; the Utopian language Esperanto takes us into a fantasy realm of ethnographic fiction.

Do mirrors burn? What does silence sound like? Find out in the Open Platform!

Festival Program (pdf)

Digitally Adapted

The soundance festival berlin 2020 will take place this year in a digitally adapted version!
Streamed events and subsequent artist talks will be available on the festival website at the specified time.

The festival programme of the respective day will also be shown as part of a walk-in exhibition as a screening at the DOCK11 theatre. Dates:

June 17th – June 21st
June 24th – June 27th
from 15:00 – 19:00

Guests may arrive and leave at any time.
Admission: maximum 10 people at a time.
Advance reservations are not possible.
Admission is free, donations can be made online.
Location: DOCK11, Kastanienallee 79, 10435 Berlin

To protect visitors and employees, DOCK11 has adopted comprehensive
hygiene and protection measures in accordance with the applicable standards of the State of Berlin.

Dranbleiben! Soundance Festivals 2020 Interviews

In three online interviews, dranbleiben (stay tuned) traces the creative tracks of selected festival artists whose performances could not be shown live during the June 2020 festival, due to the pandemic. The interviewers will ask how they continued to work artistically during this time.
How did the restrictions change their working methods and communication in the creative process?

Soundance Festival 2020 Team

  • Jenny Haack – artistic direction, production
  • Meinrad Kneer – co-curation Open Platform
  • Carla Kienz – co-curation Floating Thursday Residence
  • Helen Suhr – public relations
  • Katja Karouaschan – public relations
  • Fabian Bleisch – light design, technical direction
  • Asier Solana, Naia Burucoa – light design, light board op
  • Roy Carroll – sound
  • Hayley Glickfeld Bielman – translation, editing (English)
  • Emilia Oebel – accessibility assistance
  • Beatrix Joyce – moderation
  • Lena Drießen – layout, graphic design
  • Andrea Keiz, Yoann Trellu – camera and post processing, video documentation
  • Sebastian Klammer – website

soundance festival berlin 2020 is a project of b.arts.u – berlin arts united as a co-production with DOCK ART. soundance festival berlin 2020 is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Status: 03.06.2020, subject to change

Berlin Arts United

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