Oct 12th 2016

Join us at the SAIC Columbus 012 Space for our second Propositions:

A dance trio with Antonia Baehr, Mirjam Junker and Pia Thilmann

With Normal Dance, Antonia Baehr, who has been working as a choreographer for about fifteen years, will sign her first dance piece. ‘Normal Dance’is a dance trio that strives to integrate itself into the avant-garde of contemporary dance. She has invited two friends to dance who have much in common with her; Mirjam Junker and Pia Thilmann. Unlike Antonia Baehr; Pia Thilmann and Mirjam Junker do not habitually view contemporary stage dance, however the three of them do share the fact that their bodies are not trained for the type of activity usually required by it. The three of them are based in Berlin and share the embodiment of female masculinity: firm grips, grounded supports, strength, bigness. It’s a trio for three butches who are butches, but at the same time they are many other things. The dance is written based on the three performers’ corporality, morphology and motor functions. The music is a record-collection of contemporary experimental music by female composers spun live by Djane CC Emperatriz. The audience is invited to sit around the dance, in proximity to it.

Antonia Baehr (Concept, Choreography, Performance)
Antonia Baehr set out one day by foot from a house in the countryside as a young explorer, performing puppet shows in town squares for her daily bread.
Text excerpt: Ida Wilde

Mirjam Junker (Performance, Choreography)
After studying the law books carefully, Mirjam Junker dropped them and arrived in Berlin in 1992, to the squats and idealism of the early days.
Text excerpt: Ida Wilde

Pia Thilmann (Performance, Choreography)
Pia Thilmann does not normally dance, but trudges through life as a butch, in Kreuzberg or elsewhere. Kids are a good reason to climb on trees or playgrounds.
Text excerpt: Pia Thilmann

In cooperation with School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Departments of Film Video New Media and Animation and Performance, Office of the Graduate Dean, Office of Institutional Advancement, Alumni Affairs and Office of Multicultural Affairs and Goethe Institute Chicago.

Concept: Antonia Baehr
Performance: Antonia Baehr, Mirjam Junker, Pia Thilmann
Choreography: Antonia Baehr, Valérie Castan, Mirjam Junker, Pia Thilmann, Maya Weinberg
Artistic assistant: Valérie Castan,
Movement research: Maya Weinberg
Technical direction and sound design: Carola Caggiano (DJane CC Imperatriz)
Light design: Miss Candless
With music by: Ursula Bogner, Delya Derbyshire, Sabine Ercklentz, Annette Krebs, Magda Mayas, Rie Nakayima, Andrea Neumann, Zeena Parkins, Les Femmes Savantes, Nancy Tobin, Miki Yui
Surtitles from the opera: ‘Four Saints in Three Acts’ by Gertrude Stein
Production management: Xenia Leydel
Internship: Joana Tischkau
Production: Alexandra Wellensiek / make up productions
Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Schwankhalle (Bremen), DeVIR/CAPa – Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve (Residency)
Supported by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin and by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.

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