A choreographic discourse by ÔMS Schrittmacher

About the way we deal with a world that has become intangible

Faith in our economic and democratic systems is increasingly fading. We feel the current crisis without really understanding its complexity. 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.

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Ten Days, Five Formats on the Legacy and Lasting Influence of Anita Berber // June 18th – 29th, 2014 Studio 1 Kunstquartier Bethanien Mariannenplatz 2 10997 Berlin

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.

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Funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – An initiative by the German Federal Cultural Foundation


 KOMM ZU MIR – The Home Performance 

Members of MS Schrittmacher have been inviting audiences into their “real” homes since March 2013. It is an exclusive look at single, family and shared apartments, temporary residencies and even gardens.

How do we react to the abstract threat of the financial crisis? One of the most incisive phenomena is withdrawing from the public sphere as a an act of protection from the worst elements of the present day. As in the Biedermeier period, our homes have become the center of our lives; the way we live is a sign for others.

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 Tourable: GOLD ® 

 A piece by MS Schrittmacher on the greed virus // Revival: 9.-12. April 2014 at DOCK11, Berlin

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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