Three dancers, all dressed in black, lie intertwined on stage. Barely moving, they flop over each other like clothes dumped on a chair. But soon enough, the trio come alive, breaking away from each other before slowly, tentatively coming back together. The rest of dance, a performance created by choreographer duo Ana Laura Lozza and Bárbara Hang, who appear alongside dancer Michelle Moura, is all about encounters and separations. It’s also about identity – a theme that runs through the entire Dance Weekend program of which it’s part. Hosted on the versatile stage of Friedrichshain venue Radialsystem, this weekend’s four day program (27–30.04.2023) brings together three dance premieres that all pose questions and subvert conventions. The weekend sees the first German performance of Personne With Voice, a dance piece exploring the idea of adopting personas by choreographer Isabelle Schad and visual artist Laurent Goldring. It also hosts the premiere of safe&sound, a piece that deals with freedom and belonging. Choreographed by Lee Méir, six dancers stop and start as they move to a constantly-shifting rhythm – a “percussive play” as the artist calls it. Should we go with the flow or make our own path? For the answer – or at least an answer – look to the stage of Radialsystem this weekend…
Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Gretchen Blegen, Laurent Goldring & Martin Prinoth
Radialsystem, Holzmarktstr.33, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Dance Weekend (27–30.04.2023), tickets available online.