Stephen Petronio Company in Merce Cunningham's Tread (1970) as part of Bloodlines. Photo: Ian Douglas
Stephen Petronio Company in Merce Cunningham's Tread (1970) as part of Bloodlines. Photo: Ian Douglas

In the Bloodlines series Stephen Petronio pays tribute to postmodern American choreographers, who inspired him during his career as a dance professional. To preserve these traditions, since 2015 the Stephen Petronio Company has also been presenting works by artists such as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Anna Halprin, Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, who all have created dance languages that embody high degrees of artistic impact.

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Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas: À bras-le-corps. Photo © Christophe Raynaud De Lage
Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas: À bras-le-corps. Photo © Christophe Raynaud De Lage

The intensive, powerful duet of the French dancers Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas was developed in 1993, and today it is still considered a key work of contemporary dance. During À bras-le-corps the audience finds itself in a rectangular room, in a “boxing ring”. The first movements are slow and sculptural, but then the dancers explode into a very physical, powerful, fast choreography, occasionally interrupted by moments of total darkness, in which excerpts from Paganini can be heard.

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Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miekus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)
Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miekus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)

KONTAKTE '19 examines performative opportunities in electroacoustic music and brings together more than 20 premieres and over 120 artists from all over the world. The musical arc of the festival spans compositions from the sphere of the Feedback Studio Cologne in the 1970s to the “T.I.T.O. marathon” with a line-up of 14 of the world's most exciting turntablists. A central component of the programme features Berlin-based initiatives with international resonance.

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Les Levines, Magic Media – Media Magic, dedication of 04/03/1994, in: Wulf Herzogenrath Guest Book No. 15 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, and Wulf Herzogenrath, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Les Levines, Magic Media – Media Magic, dedication of 04/03/1994, in: Wulf Herzogenrath Guest Book No. 15 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, and Wulf Herzogenrath, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

As a curator, Wulf Herzogenrath has made a crucial contribution to the establishment of video art in Germany. In his archive highlights of video art and sculpture since the 1970s can be discovered. The exhibition “Magic Media – Media Magic” provides insights into this archive and shows works by Vito Acconci, John Cage, Lutz Dammbeck, Joan Jonas, Rebecca Horn, Nam June Paik, Bjørn Melhus, Marcel Odenbach, Sigmar Polke, Ulrike Rosenbach, Bill Viola, Raphaela Vogel, et al.

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Mary Wigman, Hexentanz, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Mary Wigman Archive. Photo © Charlotte Rudolph, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Mary Wigman, Hexentanz, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Mary Wigman Archive. Photo © Charlotte Rudolph, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

The Century of Dance
25 Aug – 21 Sept 2019

Exhibition

Dance archives in Cologne, Leipzig, Bremen and Berlin are showing unique centrepieces from their collections in a joint exhibition for the first time. Selected documents of Modern German Dance are placed into the context of a worldwide, international dance scene, which through projections of a hundred iconic photographs and film clips present themselves as a dynamic force field of body images and motion inventions in dialogue with the original objects.

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What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today
24 Aug – 21 Sep 2019

Exhibition, Performances, Discourse

A look at the dance scenes of the 20th century shows how new body images, choreographic concepts and perception levels have evolved since the beginning of the century. With a programme series of more than 20 current dance productions, discussions and an exhibition the Akademie der Künste is set to become a research platform of dance heritage. The programme focuses on questions concerned with passing on knowledge of choreography and dance between generations.

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Thomas Florschuetz, Ohne Titel (Palast) 39, 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Thomas Florschuetz, Ohne Titel (Palast) 39, 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Thomas Florschuetz.
Zwischenzeit

24 Aug – 3 Nov 2019

Exhibition

The photographer Thomas Florschuetz has dedicated himself to the fragmentary image of the snapshot, which oscillates between abstraction and concretion. A selection of large and small-format works at the Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum at Rheinsberg Palace demonstrates how deep and multi-layered his photography can be and the limits of abstraction he exceeds.

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Jan Assmann. Photo: Rama (CC BY 2.0). Aleida Assmann, Photo: Jussi Puikkonen/KNAW (CC BY 2.0)
Thursday, 19 Sep
Lecture and Discussion

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today Aleida Assmann und Jan Assmann: Erinnerung, Körper und Kanon

No other scholarly work has dealt so systematically and sustainably with the topic of memory culture as that of Aleida and Jan Assmann. While Aleida Assmann queries the recording of memory in the body, Jan Assmann addresses the problem of finding a canon. Lecture followed by talk with Aleida and Jan Assmann, Gabriele Brandstetter and Johannes Odenthal. In German.

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Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas: À bras-le-corps. Photo © Christophe Raynaud De Lage
Friday, 20 Sep
Dance

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas: À bras-le-corps

The intensive, powerful duet of the French dancers Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas was developed in 1993, and today it is still considered a key work of contemporary dance. During À bras-le-corps the audience finds itself in a rectangular room, in a “boxing ring”. The first movements are slow and sculptural, but then the dancers explode into a very physical, powerful, fast choreography, occasionally interrupted by moments of total darkness.

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Stephen Petronio Company in Merce Cunningham's Tread (1970) as part of Bloodlines. Photo: Ian Douglas
Friday, 20 Sep
Dance

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today Stephen Petronio Company – Bloodlines: Merce Cunningham, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer

In the Bloodlines series Stephen Petronio pays tribute to postmodern American choreographers, who inspired him during his career as a dance professional. To preserve these traditions, since 2015 the Stephen Petronio Company has also been presenting works by artists such as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Anna Halprin, Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, who all have created dance languages that embody high degrees of artistic impact. Followed by an artist's talk with Stephen Petronio, Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas. Moderation: Kirsten Maar. In English.

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Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich, 1982. A choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Photo © Jean Luc Tanghe
Saturday, 21 Sep
Discussion

5 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studiofoyer

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today Concluding Discussion

What strategies and concepts do contemporary dancers and choreographers use to connect with the traditions of their own forms of modern dance? Concepts for an extremely creative and productive means of dealing with modern dance heritage have been realised in Boris Charmatz’s Musée de la Danse, in Xavier Le Roy’s Retrospective, in Eszter Salamon’s Monument series, and in the repertoire of a postmodern dance history through Stephen Petronio’s dance company. Concluding discussion of “What the Body Remembers”. In English.

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Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas: À bras-le-corps. Photo © Christophe Raynaud De Lage
Saturday, 21 Sep
Dance

7 pm

Hanseatenweg

Halle 2

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas: À bras-le-corps

The intensive, powerful duet of the French dancers Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas was developed in 1993, and today it is still considered a key work of contemporary dance. During À bras-le-corps the audience finds itself in a rectangular room, in a “boxing ring”. The first movements are slow and sculptural, but then the dancers explode into a very physical, powerful, fast choreography, occasionally interrupted by moments of total darkness.

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Stephen Petronio Company in Merce Cunningham's Tread (1970) as part of Bloodlines. Photo: Ian Douglas
Saturday, 21 Sep
Dance

8 pm

Hanseatenweg

Studio

What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today Stephen Petronio Company – Bloodlines: Merce Cunningham, Steve Paxton, Rudy Perez, Yvonne Rainer

In the Bloodlines series Stephen Petronio pays tribute to postmodern American choreographers, who inspired him during his career as a dance professional. To preserve these traditions, since 2015 the Stephen Petronio Company has also been presenting works by artists such as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Anna Halprin, Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, who all have created dance languages that embody high degrees of artistic impact.

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Les Levines, Magic Media – Media Magic, dedication of 04/03/1994, in: Wulf Herzogenrath Guest Book No. 15 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, and Wulf Herzogenrath, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Tuesday, 24 Sep
Talk about the exhibition

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Magic Media – Media Magic Wulf Herzogenrath and Guests I

The exhibition "Magic Media – Media Magic" shows art and documentary film material, written documents, sketches, photography and artist’s guest books, including works by Vito Acconci, Klaus vom Bruch, John Cage, peter campus, Lutz Dammbeck, Joan Jonas, Rebecca Horn, Nam June Paik, Bjørn Melhus, Marcel Odenbach, Sigmar Polke, Ulrike Rosenbach, Bill Viola, and artists featured in the edition Videoart at Midnight. Talk about the exhibition with Klaus vom Bruch, Mathilde ter Heijne and Olaf Stüber. In German.

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