Ten Days, Five Formats on the Legacy and Lasting Influence of Anita Berber 

Most people today have only heard of Anita Berber, dance icon of the 1920′s, in connection with her scandalous life. But Anita Berber was more than that. She redefined the art of her age like no other and challenged the viewing habits of her audiences. In her dances, Anita Berber, who also acted in many important films of her day, mercilessly exposed the innermost depths of her soul. Tender and eternally committed to the moment, she granted her spectators intimate insights into her own personal world of morbidity and unfathomable depths. In ANTA BERBER – RETRO/PERSPECTIVE, MS Schrittmacher set out to explore the legacy and lasting influence of Anita Berber in five different formats presented over the course of ten days at Anita Berber’s place of death, the Bethanien in Berlin-Kreuzberg – former hospital and now centre for the arts. Funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – An initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

The performance ANITA BERBER – Sie trägt die Nacktheit im Gesicht – makes a guest performance on the 14th and the 15th of October 2015 at the Saarländischen Staatstheater

And the ANITA BERBER – Lecture Performance will be presented on the 17th of October 2015.

Both are presented in the course of the TANZ FESTIVAL SAAR.

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A guided rickshaw video tour through the center of Berlin 

The crisis lives. Also, or maybe even especially in Berlin Mitte. Places like the Staatsoper, the Schuldenuhr or the Stadtschloss speak a clear language. At other, more common places, you need to look behind the façades.

In PLACES & TRACES, MS SCHRITTMACHER invites Berlin and its visitors to a rickshaw crisis rally back and forth across Berlin Mitte. The project’s performance artists drive the rickshaw guests from one crisis location to the next. They feed them with facts and present a performance video at each of the eight stations; it gives insight behind the façades. That looks for the traces on location or that the crisis has left at the location. It is a gaze or a commentary that makes this site more complete. Sometimes with, sometimes without a wink of the eye.

1st of August until 1st of October 2015

Wendsday to sunday from 3pm until 8pm (3, 4.30, 6.30, 8pm)

Supported by the Ruling Mayor of Berlin with additional support of DINAMIX, DOCK11 EDEN*****  and Berlin Rikscha Tours.

Public talks in cooperation with Theaterscouting

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 Tourable: GOLD ® 

A piece by MS Schrittmacher on the greed virus

There have always been crises. They come and go, but every time they also change social contexts. And thus our thinking and behavior. The world economic crisis, the oil crisis and the current crisis that we now just simply call “the crisis”. What causes this perpetuum mobile of crisis? In their new production, GOLD, the MS Schrittmacher company takes on the greed for gold – and thus wealth and power. In the process, MS Schrittmacher makes clear that greed is what is unique – not the crisis. The greed for gold accelerates us – and our times. The spiral of greed rotates faster and faster, turns order into chaos, fascinates us and draws us in. With its sense for tragic humor and humorous tragedy, the company investigates the greed virus’ ominous effects on human coexistence and social systems.

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While the people in the wealthier parts of Europe are retreating from the public sphere into the private realm due to a threat that is still abstract to them, the very concrete threat to people’s existence in the crisis-riddled European South is driving others onto the streets. Both reactions have a certain helplessness in common. Two reactions, two dancers, two choreographers. One Europe, one stage, one piece. In VON INNEN HERAUS DRAUSSEN, the retreat from public space confronts its recapture. Within the sound cosmos created by the two dancers’ movements and bodies sounds: sampled live to the soundtrack of an intangible world.

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