09 DECEMBER 2012: LIVE PERFORMANCE
14-23 DECEMBER: GALLERY EXHIBITION
TRAVELING SOULS: An Interdisciplinary Performance
Commissioned, Curated, and Co-Produced by MOMENTUM
Created, Choreographed, and Directed by Emi Hariyama, Maximilian Magnus Schmidbauer and Daniel Dodd Ellis
And Interactive Light Design Specialist Dr. Marcus Doering
Original music composed and performed by:
Daniel Dodd Ellis
What happens when you bring together a Japanese ballerina dancing with the Berlin Staatsballet, a German painter, an American opera singer, and Berlin’s most innovative interactive media artist? Magic. MOMENTUM commissions a new work made specially for our gallery in the historic Kunstquartier Bethanien, a former hospital built in 1847 by Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm IV which functioned as a hospital until 1970. Subsequently inhabited and fought over by squatters and arts organizations, this space has had a poignant and colorful history.
Enter four diverse artists who have never worked together before. Now based in Berlin, but originally from very different parts of the world, they come together to reflect on the movements which have brought each of them to converge on this particular space at this moment. Using dance, visual art, voice, and interactive light design, they respond to the unique spaces of Bethanien and the latent aura of its history. In asking these artists to work together, we have given them free reign to develop their own expressions towards this location and their own answers to the question MOMENTUM continuously poses: What is time-based art?
Crossing interdisciplinary boundaries, drawn together through creative synergies, this foursome of talent embodies MOMENTUM’S mission to enable great art to happen across cultural and institutional borders.
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