Sixteen hands are the protagonists of bodieSLANGuage.
They unite, communicate, create worlds and drift apart.
Mixing contemporary dance, Sign Language and gestures from pop culture and everyday life, three choreographers explore with a group of eight international Deaf and hearing performers the expression possibilities of the hands.
They translate music and sound through the body and Sign Language into physical exploration. Their gestures and facial expressions lead the spectators through a saturated audiovisual journey; a celebration of cultural manifestations, a multilingual landscape, quoting, mixing and transforming cultural codes, highlighting the “queer”, the “other” and the alternative.
bodieSLANGuage is a production by the Berlin based choreographers duo matanicola (Nicola Mascia & Matan Zamir) and the Sign Language interpreter and performance artist the progressive wave (Gal Naor), who collaborate for the first time in this interdisciplinary dance performance.
Concept / Direction / Choreography:
Nicola Mascia, Gal Naor, Matan Zamir
With: Bráulio Bandeira, Jan Michael Kress, Laura Levita Valyte, Yaara Dolev, Nicola Mascia, Gal Naor, Jija Sohn, Manuel Perez Torres
Soundtrack Design: Tomer Rosenthal
Light Design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Audio / Visual Interaction: Safy Etiel
Costume Design: Saša Kovacevic
Technical Direction: Miriam Akkermann
Light operation: Fabian Eichner
Production Direction: Annett Hardegen
Public Relations: Nora Gores
Photography: Benedikt J. Feldmann
A production of matanicola and the progressive wave in co-production with Theater Freiburg and Ballhaus Ost, Berlin. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik, Dock 11, Tess-Relay-Dienste, Edelmat and Sniper, Berlin.