sp( ! )n – accident contrôlé

«Work hard, play hard» the frenzy of modern life has obscured the line between playfulness and seriousness. Where have we left our joy for pure play? Maybe in the ruins of an amusement park, for example at the Spreepark. There, the Communist Party had to buy carousels from capitalist companies to bring joy to its citizens – a recognition that amusement is more “universal” than politics or space conquest? Later surrendered to free economy, the Park ended up in ruins.

Inspired by the glory and failures of amusement cultures and carrousel engineering,sp(!)n celebrates the possibility of a pure purposelessness, without ignoring the threat of creeping utilitarianism.

Choreography, Stagedesign, Videodesign : Jo Kolski

Performance: Lito Anastasopoulou, Ángel Fontaneda, Pamela Moraga, Jo Kolski

Music: Antuantu

Dramaturgy: Bernardo de Almeida

Light design: Andreas Harder

Mentor: Sergiu Matis

Construction and video mentors: Ingo Mewes, Isabel Robson, Julian Jungel

Pictures by Alicja Hoppel:

https://www.udk-berlin.de/veranstaltung/jonathan-kolski-spn-accident-controle/

geometrical monsters

Residency “Moving the Forum“, may / june 2021

Pictures: copyright Maluva Pictures

The monumental geometrical patterns of the public spaces of the Humboldt Forum symbolise and (re-)enact the power of past and present governments and institutions. The building imposes seriousness and stiffness on present bodies. To counteract this, the dancers play with a “soft” geometry, experimenting with different properties of the cubic form, within, beyond and between their bodies, and with materials found digging in the rubbish containers of the Forum, remains of the construction site.

fête

For most present and past human cultures, celebrations of both life and death involve forms of collective practice of dance and music.  The Western civilization has been known to let these “village” practices fade away as it transitioned to modernity and urbanity. Dancers, musicians and party-goers have been more and more specialized, and therefore, separated.

“Fête” is a playful invitation to stimulate the rituality of our dancing. In a space without a stage, audience and performers mingle, forming, for the most part, a collective circle (or several concentric circles, depending on the size of the space/the amount of people).

Besides traditional rituals, the circle is also to be found nowadays in our modern dance cultures in the shape of “jams” or “battles”. The circle proposed by “Fête” is not quite a jam or a battle, because of the choreographic input shaped by the performers: The performers are at the same time Master of ceremony, Shamans, Storyteller and Instructors. “Fête” acts as a modular storytelling system – its drama is not told by the sole performers, but by the ensemble of performers and audience.

nachtwachen

Nachtwachen : Choreographie nach dem Gedicht von Bertram Reinecke

Sowie der Poet Bertram in seinem Gedicht den Zufall inszeniert, spielen die Tänzer mit dem Klang und dem Wahn der Wörter.

Choreographie: Jonathan Kolski

Gedicht: Bertram Reinecke

Tanz: Jonathan Kolski und die Tänzerinnen der Vollzeit Ausbildungsklasse 2017 (Tanz Zentrale, Leipzig)