Soon travelling to Finland for Juli Reinartz resaerch/doctoral thesis. We will spend two weeks at the Saari-Residence in the rural nature. A journey by land with a multi-divers team and my little one joining some time as well. Last week we shortly touched on the topic in her Berlin studio where the final presentation takes place at the end of June.
I much enjoy the reflective-somatic space she creates on ‘Temporality and Bodies’:

LATE is a long ball.
A baroque opulence with contemporary bodies.
A collective dance on crip time.
An excess of the time that we have.
An experiment on collectivity.
How can we share time if we cannot share time?

A group of performers returns to the beginnings of dance notation, gets in formation and assesses anew the cultural past that has defined the power space around them. They put in question the possibility of synchronicity and organize the space along their temporal scope. By way of that, they create a space of simultaneities. They engage with the past in order to create a future for themselves.

Research direction and choreography: Juli Reinartz
In collaboration with the performers Addas Ahmad, Ariane, Hassan Pour-Razavi, Dasniya Sommer and Matilda Carlid
Research participation: Daria Dönch, Jojo Büttler, Massiamy Diaby
Audio description: Silja Korn in collaboration with the performers
Outside eye: Gerko Egert
Music: Iftah Gabbai
Production assistance: Merle Wurl
Technical direction: Fabian Bleisch

Funded by Kulturamt Pankow and Theater Academy, Uniarts Helsinki. With generous support of Saari Residence, funded by Kone Foundation. Supported by residency program at PACT Zollverein (Essen), funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westfalia. Research funded by the performing arts Fund with funds from the Federal Government Commisioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR. With generous support of Theater Thikwa.

22 and 23 June 2024
Entrance between 7 and 9 pm
Storkower Strasse 115
10407 Berlin

For tickets, further information on the performance and accessibility:

German invitation here

Autonomous Avatar Excerpt

Back to dancing Tobia’s Staab’s Autonomous Avatar at Planetarium Bochum. This time as solo. And no less adventurous to motion capture our creepy beauties (by Luis Krawen).
We experienced how fragile the technique still is. Big thanks to Warja Rebakova for translating my movement to the full dome. Where the avatars went their own way during our second show. They first obediently danced, crawled just as I do on stage as reference body surrounding the Zeiss Universarium IX projector ;). But suddently Sumo-ballerina jumped accross the dome hectically, flickering behind the emergency exit sign and didn’t reappear befor the show ended. These glitches and errors are most helpful with developing the piece further, but during the performance it gave me an massive sense of my tininess.

The next show will be in Berlin at A. MAZE festival / Silent Green on May 9th, 2024.

YUM YUM @ Open Studio Weekend

A dance performance for the Uferhallen- and the Berlin visual art community during Open Studios/’Frequently asked Questions’ at Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt.

Dates: September 16 + 17,  2023
Open Studio between 12 -8pm
Shows Saturday + Sunday at 3pm

Whirlpools of packaging waste circulate in the ocean. Feminine sharks glow. Nimble hands fold oversize origami. Ropes become noodles, intestines, ghost nets. Care ballet and slow-food porn meet at the wok campfire of an Asian megacity. In a dance performance, the visual cosmos of a glutamate-soaked fast food world is unleashed. Hard-to-digest realities of life lead into absurd waters. A ritual that sensually questions Eurocentric views.
With the piece »Yum Yum« Haus Sommer investigates the connections between (culinary) cultures, digestive processes and artificial worlds. By reflecting on hydrofeminist approaches, following the idea that we are all “Bodies of Water”, an oscillating projection surface is created for a critical examination of anti-Asian racism.

Haus Sommer is the network label of dancer and choreographer Dasniya Sommer. In changing collaborations with different artists she questions and expands the formal language of classical ballet under the influence of Shibari, Body Art and contemporary performance art.

The process and the performance are created by the actor Michael Schumacher from the inclusive ensemble Meine Damen und Herren, the MMA performer and poet Fungi Fung, the eco feminist dancer Tara Jade Samaya, as well as Yui Kawaguchi, whose dance-choreographic approach moves in the field of tension between tradition, present, East and West.

Dance, choreography, stage
Dasniya Sommer

Dance, co-choreography, performance

Yui Kawaguchi, Tara Jade Samaya, Fungi Fung

Barbara Schmidt Rohr, Marie Baumgarten

Sound Design & Composition

Nguyễn + Transitory

Stage design assistence
Mark Schröppel

Critical companion
Juli Reinartz, Melmun Bajarchuu

Sound assistence
Deniz Khan

A production by Haus Sommer in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost and with the support of Meine Damen und Herren Ensemble. Supported by the process funding of the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR. The Open Studio weekend is supported by Uferhallen e.V. and n.b.k. .

Haus Sommer – Yum Yum

Premiere: May 12, 2023 at Ballhaus Ost .
In the picture: Michael Schumacher/Meine Damen und Herren Ensemble, Tara Jade Samaya, Yui Kawaguchi, Fungi Fung, Dasniya Sommer.
Documentation by Pippa Samaya.


Haus Sommer – Yum Yum


Nächste Termine:
12.5.2023, 20:00
13.5.2023, 20:00
14.5.2023, 18:00

Pappel Allee 15
10437 Berlin /Prenzlauerberg
U2 Eberswalderstrasse

Strudel aus Verpackungsmüll zirkulieren im Ozean. Feminine Haie leuchten. Flinke Hände falten Oversize Origami. Seile werden zu Nudeln, zu Gedärmen, zu Geisternetzen. Care-Pas de Deux’ und Slow-food Porn treffen am Wok-Lagerfeuer einer thailändischen Megacity aufeinander. In der Tanzperformance entlädt sich der visuelle Kosmos einer glutamatgeschwängerten Fast Food Welt und aus eurozentristischer Sicht schwer verdauliche Lebensrealitäten führen rituell in absurde Gewässer.

Dasniya Sommer sucht mit Michael Schumacher vom inklusiven Ensemble Meine Damen und Herren, der MMA-Performerin Fungi Fung, der queer-ecologischen Tänzerin Tara Jade Samaya und Yui Kawaguchi Zusammenhänge zwischen Verdauung, Künstlichkeit und Kulturen. Mit Reflexionen über ‘Bodies of Water’ und Hydrofeminismus entsteht eine assoziative Bilderreise für eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Antiasiatischem Rassismus (und Exotismus).

Haus Sommer ist das Netzwerk-Label der Tänzerin und Choreographin Dasniya Sommer. In wechselnden Kollaborationen mit anderen Künstler:innen untersucht und erweitert sie die Formensprache klassischen Balletts unter dem Einfluss von Shibari, Body Art und zeitgenössischer Performance Kunst.

Tanz, Choreographie, Stage
Dasniya Sommer
Tanz, Co-Choreographie, Performance
Michael Schumacher, Yui Kawaguchi, Tara Jade Samaya, Fungi Fung
Künstlerische Mitarbeit
Simone Burckhardt
Barbara Schmidt Rohr, Marie Baumgarten
Sound Design, Composition
Nguyễn + Transitory
Bühnenbild Assistenz
Mark Schröppel
Critical Companion
Juli Reinartz, Melmun Bajarchuu
Dennis Kahn
Technische Leitung
Fabian Eichner
Video, Dokumentation
Pippa Samaya
Anna Konrad
Foto by Mayra Wallraff / Design Kruse&Müller

Herzlichen Dank an
Christoph Grothaus – Meine Damen und Herren Ensemble und Sina Schröppel.

Eine Produktion von Haus Sommer in Kooperation mit dem Ballhaus Ost und mit Unterstützung des Meine Damen und Herren Ensembles. Gefördert durch die Prozessförderung des Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR.

Shibari class April + May

Tuesday April 18+25, 2023
Tuesday May 23, 2023

The course Beginner with Previous Experience is directed at learning the basics of Shibari/Kinbaku technique. We start systematically with efficient handling of body, rope, and safety principles (knots, wrapping and friction). The material contains a wide range of harnesses for floor work. Understanding restriction from the models perspective, and the complex skill set of the rigger, to create erotic phantasies or a meditative tie.
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Foto: workshop presentation @HBK Braunschweig

Fleetstreet Residenz

Very lucky to start working with Michael Schumacher/Meine Damen und Herren Ensemble on Glutamat 2.
It has been a long way to make this collaboration happen. Our research is based on combining Michaels text performance and his auratic presence when he speaks with different movement approaches. We developed a way to dance and rope-tie together, and some dramatic scenes with somewhat absurd poetry. There have been scenic ideas for a Care-Pas de Deux, plenty of sculpturous moments, and a wellness noodle bath.
We continue working on the material all through the year for a show in 2023.

Many thanks to Meine Damen und Herren, especially to Christoph Grothaus and Simone Burkhardt. And to Mark and Sina Schröppel.

Supported by Fleetstreet Theatre Hamburg, the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Kulturbehörde Hamburg and the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung .

Shibari class September

September 13th, 2022

The course Beginner with Previous Experience is directed at learning the basics of Shibari/Kinbaku technique. We start systematically with efficient handling of body, rope, and safety principles (knots, wrapping and friction). The material contains a wide range of harnesses for floor work. Understanding restriction from the models perspective, and the complex skill set of the rigger, to create erotic phantasies or a meditative tie.

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