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by Nagao Akemi, Johanna Ackva & Evelyn Saylor


a performance piece
duration ca 20 min

Premiere 18.12.2021
at Ballhaus Ost
as a part of DIRTY DEBÜT S2 #9 after life

As ghosts of the future and ghosts of the past, Akemi, Johanna, Evelyn, and their departed grandmothers Takako, Elisabeth, and Virginia commune in an intimate, trans-temporal encounter.

Dance Nagao Akemi, Johanna Ackva

Music Evelyn Saylor

Light Susana Alonso

Performance Stills © Anna Agliardi

Video Documentation © Diethild Meier & Sonia Dipir

Johanna Ackva

As a performer and choreographer, Johanna Ackva's interest lies in the material, sensory, affective, and political dimensions of the relationship between self and world. Exploring, (re)negotiating and sharing the specific, private or even seemingly banal of concrete experience, making it visible as included in larger contexts, is a central concern for her. Since 2014, her collaborative works have touched on themes such as work and its value (The Agreement), experiences of natural deserts and loneliness (Salt Lake), constructions of femininity (Women and Watery Men, EARTHBOUND SQUATTERS), friendship (haunting heroines, bluefold), or the theme of death and finitude (Out of Our Hands, Untitled Solo, CLOUDS ON CLEAR SKY). In 2017, Johanna co-founded the Berlin dance collective Suddenly and since 2019, she has been part of the Denk- und Produktionsort Libken (Uckermark).

Evelyn Saylor 
is a composer of electronic music, a performer, a singer and a keyboardist. Saylor finds arresting sounds in unexpected places and explores their materiality and sonic properties in her compositions through close recording and electronic manipulation. Found and created instruments, synthesis, processing, field recordings, and the human voice play a large role in her music. She has composed work for the concert, theater, modern dance, and for film, and has received performances in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper, the Akademie der Künste, HAU2, Uferstudios, Dock 11, and other spaces in Berlin, as well as in New York, California, and throughout Europe.

Performance Stills © Anna Agliardi

Konzept: Björn Pätz, Sandra Umathum
Leitung | Produktion: Björn Pätz
Dramaturgie: Maxi Wallenhorst, Joshua Wicke
Licht | Technische Leitung: Susana Alonso
Technik (Ballhaus Ost): Fabian Eichner, Florian Salka
Guest Starring Outside Eye Lotta Beckers, Romuald Krężel
Writer: Jazmina Figueroa
Video-dokumentation: Diethild Meier, Sonia Di Pietro
Fotodokumentation: Anna Agliardi

Eine Produktion von Björn Pätz und Sandra Umathum in
Kooperation mit dem Ballhaus Ost.

Gefördert durch den Haupt-stadtkulturfonds.

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