a two-year research project in cooperation with the Saarländisches Staatstheater
Hundred years past the primal catastrophe we are looking into the future of war in the form of the two-years research- and site specific project Quo vadis bellum?. At public forums the artists, supported by experts of the social movements as well as journalists, are going to discuss and analyse the current world affairs, their causes and perspectives. During the whole phase of research in 2016 these discussions will be accessible and can be complemented by everyone on the project’s homepage.
How will the economic and political powers look like in the distant future? And to what kind of armed conflicts could they lead us? And finally: What options for action will result from those future scenarios for us today?
forums, photo exhibition, dance performances
FUTUGEES – an installative performance on the war of tomorrow in the present
world première on June 10, 2017
supported by Fonds Doppelpass of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes
a dance performance by MS Schrittmacher
In HEIMATFRONT – Das Desaster lässt grüßen (domestic front – The disaster says hello) MS Schrittmacher puts the question, how long we can ignore the exploiting and martial consequences of our lifestyle in the comfort zone of Europe
Rare earths in smartphones, the cheap shirt from the sweatshop factory, the unfairly traded cup of coffee – our daily lifestyle is based on exploitation and creates conflicts and wars. A fact that we are so clear about until we suppress it. For our comfortable lifestyle we wage a war of wealth whose frontlines are spread all over the globe. But the migration of refugees driven by desperation, the brutal escalation of conflicts throughout the world and the increasing of terrorism in Europe make it more and more difficult for us to look away. The disaster that our affluent societies carried out to the world is returning home to its origin.
How will our view and our actions change when the front of our war of wealth is coming closer and becomes a domestic front? What to do when you face the consequences of your wealthy lifestyle and when the possibility to suppress is almost gone? Three performers name the martial and inhuman aspects of our prosperity. They confront themselves and the audience, avoid the unavoidable and are forced to take action. A musician and a video artist record directly the abstruse fight of the performers and produce sound and video sequences out of it which create again and again new contexts and ludicrous spaces. With their eye for the grotesque in the real MS Schrittmacher put their finger on the wound in this absurd fight for prosperity and dignity.
The war which seems to be the war of the others is coming home and turns the comfort zone into the domestic front.
première November 19, 2016 – 8 pm at Theaterdiscounter Berlin
further performances: March 19, 2017 6 pm at Saarländisches Staatstheater
supported by Fonds Doppelpass of Kulturstiftung des Bundes
a research installation by MS Schrittmacher about the emigration and the escape of German “Ausdruckstanz” dancers.
In the context of the POST- expressive dance in Israel, Germany and the Butoh-Festival - a two-weeks festival with installations, exhibitions, performances and interactive formats with Gaby Aldor, Maya M. Carroll, Johanna Lemke, Yuko Kaseki, Brit Rodemund, Efrat Stempler, Martin Stiefermann, Albrecht Ziepert, Roy Carroll and many more.
There is a link to the PREZI Documentation/Presentation to our research.
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 – made a guest performance on the 14th and the 15th of October 2015 at the Saarländischen Staatstheater and the ANITA BERBER – Lecture Performance has been presented on the 17th of October 2015.
Both were presented in the course of the TANZ FESTIVAL SAAR.