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falling / flying / holding (PLAY VI)

  • Mirjam Gurtner & Ensemble
  • June 5th-, 7th-8th 2024
  • Dock11 | Berlin

A durational-performance

falling / flying / holding (PLAY VI) © Mirjam Gurtner

Four women, three hours, one space: PLAY stages dance as sculpture and imagines the stage as a museum. Our everyday flood of digital images is countered by the immediacy of the decelerated body. Between stillness and movement, object and subject, four dancers compose their bodies as living works of art. In close proximity to the audience, they question our ideas of intimacy, risk and community. Gravity meets weightlessness, density meets permeability, falling meets flying. „falling / flying / holding (PLAY VI)” combines dance and visual art in a durational performance that embraces stillness, reduction and slowdown. The spectators are free to decide at what time to arrive, how long to stay and from where to watch.

Co-production Theatre ROXY Birsfelden, 48-Stunden-Neukölln Festival
Cooperation TATWERK I Performative Research
Supported by Fachausschuss Tanz und Theater BS/B; Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung; Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin; Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung; Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung; Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art; Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung SIS; Stiftung Corymbo

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June 5th 2024 | 6:30 pm
June 7th - 8th 2024 | 6:30 pm

Duration: 3 h / durational
Access: Relaxed performance. Gentle lighting and sound, no sudden changes, without language. Wheelchair accessible. Different seating provided. Option to leave and come back any time. Further access info: dock11-berlin.de/en/theater/service/visit

Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



Artistic direction: Mirjam Gurtner
Creation,Performance: Asuka Riedl, Erin O'Reilly, Laura Gaillard, Melissa Kieffer
Production: Pascal Moor/Spring Production, Chris Wohlrab/TATWERK I Performative Forschung



Mirjam Gurtner studied dance at the Theater Basel, the Vienna State Opera, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Trinity Laban London. In 2021 she was awarded the June Johnson Newcomer Prize as part of the Swiss Dance and Theatre Awards. Her artistic practice explores improvisation, real-time composition, and the correlation between sensory perception and physicality. In interdisciplinary collaborations, she explores the relationship between the audience and the moving body in different spatial contexts, staging her work in theatre, museum, or public space. Mirjam is a teacher of improvisation and inclusive dance and leads international inclusive and intercultural dance projects.
Her most recent series of works, PLAY, premiered in 2021 at Theater ROXY Birsfelden and KINDL Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin. Since then, PLAY has been restaged site-specifically for the 48-Stunden-Neukölln Festival in Berlin, as well as a national Swiss tour as part of Tanzfest 2022 outdoors, and shown as a long-term performance at Kunsthalle Palazzo Liestal in 2023. A new site-specific performance is being created for the inclusive Forward Dance Company of the LOFFT Theatre Leipzig for autumn 2023.
Previous works include the inclusive work ALMOST HOME, which premiered in 2022 at the STEPS dance festival in Zurich and Geneva in a hotel, and SKINNED, presented at Sophiensaele Berlin, Theater ROXY Birsfelden, 48-Stunden-Neukölln, Novosibirsk Centre for Visual Arts and Chapelle du Quartier Haut in Sète.