Performing Arts –
Valeska Gert Visiting Professors

Summer Semester 2016 – Deborah Hay

Deborah Hay

Deborah Hay, born 1941 in Brooklyn/NY.

"The body is capable of so much more than what it can do. For example, the range of sound coming from the piano was more or less constant until John Cage created the prepared piano by introducing different objects that were placed between or on the strings, hammers or dampers. These outside components altered the piano’s harmonics. In a similar way the students will be given several compelling questions used to access an otherwise unnoticed bodily intelligence."

Deborah Hay

In summer 2016, New York dancer and choreographer Deborah Hay, a member of the radically experimental Judson Dance Theatre in the 1960s, takes up the Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship for Dance and Performance. In conversation with Renate Graziadei (Tanzkollektiv laborgras) she offers an insight into her work and presents the project which she will be working on with her students. Introduction: Gabriele Brandstetter. In cooperation with the Institute for Theatre and Dance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Opening Lecture
Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4, Clubraum
10117 Berlin

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10, Buchengarten
10557 Berlin

Joachim Schloemer

Winter Semester 2015/16 – Joachim Schloemer

Joachim Schloemer, born 1962 in Monheim an der Ruhr, Germany.

"Forms of musicalisation"

Choreographer and director Joachim Schloemer offers an insight into his reading of musicalisation. In conversation with Gabriele Brandstetter, he presents the project which he will be developing together with dance science students during the winter semester to explore how action on stage can be experienced and emphasised as dance, rhythm and narrative. In this process, he is focusing particularly on an idea of musicality as not just illustrating the process of dance, but rather understanding and practising the musicality of the body through movement, in dialogue or as anticyclical / counter-rhythmic to music. Which emotional states and which forms expressing feelings does this then create?
In cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin and the DAAD.

Introductory event
Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10, Clubraum
10117 Berlin

Closing event
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Theaterwissenschaft
Grunewaldstr. 35, 12165 Berlin

Summer Semester 2016 – Robyn Orlin

Robyn Orlin

Robyn Orlin, born 1955 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

With her City Theatre and Dance Group, Robyn Orlin has been provoking the exploration of social issues in her home country for a number of years. She studied Dance at the Contemporary Dance School in London and has been focusing on topics such as apartheid and postcolonialism as a choreographer in South Africa since 1993. She celebrated her breakthrough in 1998 with the piece Daddy, I’ve seen this piece six times before and I still don’t know why they’re hurting each other, for which she was presented with the Lawrence Olivier Award, the most important British theatre award. She received a multitude of other prizes and awards, including the French National Order of Merit, the Ordre national du Mérite.
Her subsequent productions, for example We must eat our suckers with the wrappers on (2002), Walking next to our shoes (2009) and most recently Beauty stayed just for a moment and then returned to her start position (2013), were also substantially inspired by Orlin's home country of South Africa. Orlin has led a multitude of national and international choreography workshops (in countries such as Japan, Greece and Germany) and is the founder of the Dance Department of the Federated Union of Black Artists.
With the students of Dance Studies, she will provide insights into her artistic exploration of different cultural concepts. She will use experiences from the students' direct surroundings as impulses and stimuli for the development of their own forms of presentation, which will question the transfer of the students' own and other cultures in their boundaries.

Introductory event
Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg, Clubraum

Closing event
Akademie der Künste