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“This new and unique initiative in Germany brings together well known international artists who will certainly be impressing their audiences not only with their dance art but also by questioning the idealisation of youth and the fear of old age. A society in the midst of demographic change can only benefit from this kind of creative approach to looking at its attitudes towards age.”
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Matteo Fargion and the other artists of the production 7 Dialogues. […] Matteo Fargion is a composer, performer and teacher. He has worked in dance and theatre for over 25 years, collaborating with leading choreographers and directors in the UK and abroad.  For the past 15 years he has worked closely with Siobhan Davies, writing music for and performing in some of her most significant recent work, and Karl Jay Lewin. Together with Jonathan Burrows, he has made a series of 10 duets conceived, choreographed, composed, administrated and performed together. “Both Sitting Duet” won a 2004 New York Dance and Performance ‚Bessie‘ Award, and “Cheap Lecture” was chosen for the prestigious 2009 Het Theater­festival in Belgium. He has also written a lot of music for theatre, especially in Germany, where he has collaborated several times with Elmar Goerden at several theatres and with Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubühne Berlin. Matteo is also a long-time visiting member of faculty at PARTS, the school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Brussels, where he has worked on a new approach to teaching composition to young choreographers, within a framework of music practice but built also on his wealth of experience as a performer.

7 Dialogues
Matteo Fargion: Artistic Direction / Composition

Premiere  28 January 2016 at Holland Dance FestivalKorzo Theatre, The Hague

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Artists of the 7 Dialogues:
Ivo Dimchev, born in 1976, is a choreographer and performer from Bulgaria. His work is an extreme and colorful mixture of performance art, dance, theatre, music, drawings and photography. He has received numerous international awards for dance and theatre and has presented his work all over Europe, South and North America. In 2014, Ivo opened up his new place MOZEI in Sofia Bulgaria, an independent space focused on contemporary art and music.

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment and is currently Professor of Performance at Lancaster University. In recent years he has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, participating in international biennales in Italy, Sweden, Japan a. o. One of his recent publications is „While You Are With Us Here Tonight“ (2013).

Beth Gill is a dancer and choreographer who has been making contemporary dance and performance in New York City since 2005. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been a guest artist and teacher at several colleges, universities and festivals. Her per­formances have toured nationally and internationally. Gill is the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015–2016 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. She is an inaugural member of The Hatchery Project, a 2015–2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Artist-in-Residence and a 2013–2015 New York City Center Choreography Fellow. In 2011 Gill was awarded two New York State Dance and Performance ‚Bessie’ Awards for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and the Juried Award. In 2012, Dance Magazine named her one of the top 25 artists to watch.

The past couple of years, his choreographical work focused on the dramaturgical relation between dance, music and light. His main interest is to question the interaction of the various elements that compose theatre performance and representation. In November 2013 he premiered with his love duet “Synopsis of a Battle” at the Kaaitheater in the context of La Biennale of Charleroi Danses. He has created the solo “Feu” for Argentine dancer Cecilia Lisa Eliceche with live music played by electric guitar quartet Zwerm. In November 2015, upon request of the music festival DIALOGE in Salzburg, he has created a piece for eight dancers of the BODHI project from SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) in collaboration with the oenm (Öster­reichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik).

Hetain Patel is a visual artist. Since 2004, his video, photography, sculpture and live works have been shown internationally to critical and popular acclaim within institutions from Tate Britain, London to the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing. His works are in public and private collections in the U.K., China, India and U.S.A. In recent years, Patel has worked at the Royal Opera House, Tate Modern and Southbank Centre, London, and has shown work at the Venice Biennale. Patel is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically. He is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, London.

Lucy Suggate is a dance artist based in the UK receiving recognition for her articulate and engaging solo performances. In 2013–14 Lucy became a Modul Dance Artist supported by Mercat de les flors and Graner in Barcelona, Dansehallerne/BoraBora in Denmark and the Arts council England Artist International development fund to produce a durational solo that went on to inform Lucy’s current work “pilgrim”. This work has been presented by international dance festivals. Recent collaborations include working with Rosemary Butcher on “Secrets of the Open Sea”,   “Test Pieces“ for TANZ IM AU­GUST 2015, Wendy Houston’s “Stupid Women“, and on a two year EU project called “Dancing Museums” with Siobhan Davies Dance and the National Gallery London.

7 Dialogues

Artistic Direction / Composition: MATTEO FARGION[…]

An artistic collaboration with, by and from: 
Ty Boomershine and Beth Gill
Brit Rodemund and Lucy Suggate
Christopher Roman and Ivo Dimchev
Jone San Martin and Tim Etchells
Ami Shulman and Étienne Guilloteau
Frédéric Tavernini and Noé Soulier

With special thanks to Amancio Gonzalez and Hetain Patel for their indelible artistic contribution

Costume: Claudia Hill

Claudia Hill is a cross-disciplinary artist who transforms textile into profound objects. Her work ranges from costume design to participatory projects and visual concepts. In New York during the 1990s, Claudia began working in costume design as well as founding her eponymous clothing line. She presented her collections in form of multi-media events during New York Fashion Week, collaborating on installations, conceptual performances, videos and presentations with a wide range of artists such as the musician Skúli Sverrisson, the artist Nelly Agassi and the innovative firm Asymptote Architecture. Her passionate engagement with performance art draws greatly on her own background and training in dance. Now based in Berlin since 2008, Claudia works on visual concepts and costume design for performances with the choreographer Meg Stuart and on artists’ films, such as with Michaël Borremans or Boris Achour. She was commissioned to design costumes for the choreographer William Forsythe and for the New York based ensemble The Wooster Group. Critic Leora Barish wrote about her work: “Hill’s approach is typically playful, iconoclastic, sensual but aesthetically refined, intellectually elegant. Experimentation is always balanced by a scrupulous clarity of purpose, so that each detail is justified, and the whole is graced with dignity and integrity.” Claudia continues to develop her ideas in visual concepts, costume and participatory projects, which to her, offer a rich and challenging whole. “I am interested in making objects that create possibilities for personal encounters and function as mediators: A project that illustrates this well, is a durational proposal I developed in 2011, when I wove a poncho from personal, recycled textiles and sent it on a journey around the world to artist friends. The documentation of their interaction with the poncho is collected in form of a travel journal, and is to be published as a book.”

Light: Benjamin Schälike

Benjamin Schälike has been working as a freelance lighting designer for theatre, opera, dance and performance since 1991, including for: 2 FISH, Alexander Charim, Angela Schubot, Eva Meyer Keller, Felix Marchand, Gesine Danckwart, Hanna Hegenscheidt, Hannah Hurtzig, Hans-Werner Kroesinger, Hermann Heisig, Hyoung-Min Kim, Jee-Ae Lim, Julia Reinartz, Lea Martini, Lupita Pulpo, Martin Clausen, Nir de Wolf, Santiago Blaum, She She Pop, Peter Zadek and White Horse. He is a co-founder of the Tanztage Berlin festival and has been its technical director since 2010. He has also performed this, or a similar, role at other festivals (Expo 2000, Mobile Akademie, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Tanz im August, Impulse Tanz – the Vienna International Dance Festival, Tanznacht, Love Parade and Uferstudios Berlin). He has been technical director of the Uferstudios Berlin since 2012. In 2007, together with Inge Koks, he was programmer and artistic director of Tanztage Berlin. In 2006 and 2007, he presented his own productions at the Sophiensaele: Wir steigern uns… (2006) and Das schwierige ist ja, dass es viel einfacher ist… (2007). Since 2007, he has been a guest lecturer for lighting design at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, the HFG/ZKM Karlsruhe, in the Choreography department at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts, at HZT Berlin as well as in Seoul (South Korea) and Montevideo (Uruguay).

The focus of the 7 Dialogues, the first production of the 1. EDITION, is on the ensemble members themselves: working with artistic dialogue partners, they are currently developing individual self-portraits that the composer Matteo Fargion will weave into a single, overall composition. Christopher Roman works with the Bulgarian performance artist Ivo Dimchev; Frédéric with the French choreographer Noé Soulier; Jone San Martin with the British director, author and performer Tim Etchells, director of the famous performance group Forced Entertainment; Ty Boomershine with the New York choreographer Beth Gill; Brit Rodemund with the London-based choreographer and dancer Lucy Suggate; and Ami Shulman with the French choreographer Étienne Guilloteau. For the seventh dialogue, the Fargion will be working with the dancers to create a full-evening performance from their very different solos and thereby present the entire DANCE ON ENSEMBLE in a congenial, harmonious way.

Premiere: January 28th, 2016 at Holland Dance Festival, Korzo Theatre, The Hague
Additional performances on January 29th and 30th, 2016; Premiere Solo Frédéric Tavernini: 26th June at Sadler’s Wells Theater, London


Coproduction: Holland Dance, Theater im Pfalzbau, tanzhaus nrw
With support of BASF SE

DANCE ON is an initiative by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the Federal Government
Commissioner for Culture and the Media, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON

The evening programme of 7 Dialogues:

Water between three hands

Concept/Director: RABIH MROUÉ[…]

In artistic collaboration with the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE

Live-Music/Composition: Philipp Danzeisen

Philip Danzeisen was born in Essen/Germany, grew up in Frankfurt Main/Germany. Raised in a family of actors, he developed an interest in combining theatre, dance, and music early on.
In 1994 he moved to New York to study drums at the New School University and received his BFA in 1998. 2006 he received a scholarship for the Sound Design program of the Theater and Dance department at UCSD where he studied for one year. Philipp is based primarily in Berlin. Performing credits include appearances in pieces by Einar Schleef, Jan Fabre, William Forsythe/Ballett Frankfurt, Tom Kühnel/Schaubühne Berlin, and Walter Fischbacher (New York). In addition, he has designed and performed several of his own sound projects; for example, a piece at the Artaud exhibition at the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf. He has also worked as a sound designer and musician for fashion shows by Hugo Boss and Costume National in Milan. In 2005, Philipp toured his project Ur Jazz Sonate in Europe and was invited for the Kurt Schwitters exhibition at the Museo de arte moderno in Mexico City. 2015 he peformed at the ZERO exibition at the Gropiusbau in (current project)

Light: Benjamin Schälike

Sound: Mattef Kuhlmey

Cast: Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin, Ami Shulman

Deaths, disappearances or farewells are all ways of becoming absent, of loosing something, someone or yourself. At the same time, the things lost remain and bury themselves in our memory, so we’re dancing on the traces of existing graphs, collecting fragments, trying to see a whole that doesn’t exist. We’re carrying water that runs through our hands. If there’s no beginning, there’s no end, no margin, no hierarchy. In his first work with dancers, the theatre-maker Rabih Mroué is interested in the relationships between presence and absence, reality and fiction, focusing on performers’ bodies as sites of archival sedimentation of these questionable boundaries.

Premiere: 23 April 2016, Kampnagel, Hamburg


Co-production: Kampnagel Hamburg, tanzhaus nrw
In collaboration with Tanzfabrik Berlin

DANCE ON is an initiative by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of

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Kat Válastur is a Berlin-based choreographer and performer. She studied at the Hellenic School of Dance, received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Trisha Brown’s studio in New York, and gained a Masters degree from the SODA Masters Program at the Inter-University Centre for Dance in Berlin.[…] Fragmentation, diverted architectures, time lapses, entropy and virtuality are some of the concepts she addresses in her dance works. Her creative process involves diagrams, hand-drawn scores and texts which she creates for each new work. From 2013-2014 she was a grantee artist in the educational program of the Institut für Raumexperimente, an educational research project by Ólafur Elíasson in collaboration with the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). During the program, she began researching her new series of choreographies The marginal sculptures of Newtopia. The series was co-produced and presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer and includes the works GLAND (2014) and Ah! Oh! A contemporary ritual (2014). It was completed in 2016 with OILinity, a poetic piece on western societies’ problematic dependence on crude oil and its dire consequences for humanity and nature. Kat Válastur’s work is presented internationally. In 2016 she was acclaimed as a promising talent for dance by the magazine “tanz” and in 2017, she was a nominee for the George-Tabori-Award.

Kat Válastur: Concept / Choreography / Sound
Premiere: 19 August 2016, Tanz im August 2016 / HAU 1, Berlin

Those specks of dust © Dorothea Tuch

Concept/Montage/Sound: Kat Válastur
Feat. Brit Rodemund
Premiere: 28th February 2018, DANCE ON Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin

Ultra Censored © Kat Válastur

In Ultra censored the female portrait becomes a field of mystification. The ten-minute film shows Brit Rodemund going through a detailed description of the birth of her daughter while the camera focuses on her facial expressions and gestures. Shot in slow motion, the film takes us into a ciphered universe of gestures in a mythical dimension. Like a contemporary Sphinx with the typical characteristics of beautification, she articulates the enigma of what it is to be a human being in the present tense, while her image is reflected in our eyes.


Those specks of dust

Concept / Choreography: KAT VÁLASTUR[…]

In collaboration with the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE

Light: Martin Beeretz
Stage/Installation: Filippos Kavakas
Choreographic Assistence: Maria Tzika
Sound: Kat Válastur/Stephan Wöhrmann
Costume: Lydia Sonderegger
Costume Assistence: Héloïse Bouteille
Production Management: Guilia Messia

Cast: Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin, Ami Shulman

Recalling the process of becoming a dancer, it feels like a constant negotiation with nature: there’s a need to express things that cannot be said in any other way than through dance. In order for the body to follow the intensity of that need, it has to be tamed like a horse, but without betraying its wildness; and in order for dancers to be able to perform a sequence of movements with clarity and grace, their dancing has to become excessive, at which point it starts becoming the basis of a lifetime’s work. There then comes a time when dance is shared, when we offer our performing to the audience.

Those specks of dust reverses the act of performing and gives ‘the eye of the beholder’ to the dancers. Their gaze shifts to their own bodies, watching them as they create movement. This subjective observation allows the dancers to return to the primal roots of their life choice. The choreography gives them the space to re-experience, re-discover and express their fascination, admiration and surprise towards their dancing bodies.

„A body that unfolds a movement in the space is like the birth of a world. This is what the ensemble dancers Brit, Ty, Jone, Amancio, Ami and Christopher convey when they see their arms open…Wow.“ Kat Válastur

Premiere: 19 August 2016, Tanz im August 2016 / HAU 1, Berlin


Co-production: Tanz im August, tanzhaus nrw
With thanks to Tanzfabrik Berlin and Uferstudios GmbH

DANCE ON is an initiative by DIEHL+RITTER gUG funded by the Federal Government
Commissioner for Culture and the Media, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union as part of DANCE ON, PASS ON, DREAM ON.

Read the evening programme:


Rabih Mroué is a Berlin-based artist, actor and director who has caused a furore in visual art, in theatre and on the performance scene.  […] The subject of his work is the ‘present reality’ that surrounds him, which he processes for the stage using fictitious and real – often everyday – materials, and using documents, photographs, videos and objects as his starting point. He is a co-founder and member of the executive board of the Beirut Art Center, co-publisher of TDR: The Drama Review (NYC) as well as director of the Munich Kammerspiele. From 2012–15, he was a fellow of the International Research Center ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ in Berlin.

His current stage works include Ode to Joy (2015) and Riding on a cloud (2013) as well as 33 RPM and a Few Seconds (2012) with Lina Majdalanie. His most recent exhibitions have included MOMA 2015, Mesnta Gallerija (Ljubljana, 2014), SALT (Istanbul, 2014), CA2M (Madrid, 2013) and DOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, 2012).

A showcase of the artist’s most important works – entitled Outside the Image Inside Us (in partnership with Lina Majdalanie) – can be seen at HAU Hebbel am Ufer from
30 March to 4 April 2016.

Rabih Mroué: Concept / Direction
Premiere: 23 April 2016, Kampnagel I K2, Hamburg

Concept / Direction: Rabih Mroué in collaboration with Ty Boomershine and Jone San Martin
Premiere: 28th February 2018, DANCE ON Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin