phyla & mirc


in the scope of Performing Arts Festival, 23 – 29 May 2016, Berlin

Minimal Improvisation is a form of collective improvisation in sound and movement.
It balances individuality, spontaneity and choice – characteristics of contemporary improvisation in music and dance – with principles of Minimal Music like repetition and gradual change.
Focusing on processes of negotiation and cooperation, we bring to the stage qualities like irresolution, receptivity, mutual sensitivity, consensus and dynamics of collective interaction.
Within a tranquil process, structures emerge from interaction and may dissolve again, or gain momentum and lead to a dynamic flow of activity.

Concept developed by PHYLA – Jennie Zimmermann and Gisbert Schürig, cultivated within MIRC (Minimal Improvisation Research Collaborators).

    The Berlin Performing Arts Festival will be held for the first time in 2016 and take place at over 50 venues and event locations throughout the city. The festival will present more than 100 theater, music theater, performance and dance productions from the independent performing arts community. The Newcomer’s Platform for new talent and talent new to Berlin will kick off the festival at Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensæle and Theaterdiscounter. For three days, the festival party on May 26th will turn Berlin into a hotspot for the independent performing arts!
    The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is organized by LAFT Berlin in cooperation with the performance venues HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensaele, Ballhaus Ost and Theaterdiscounter. The Berlin Performing Arts Festival organized by LAFT Berlin is supported by the State of Berlin – Senate Chancellery (Cultural Affairs) from funds of the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE) within the program “Promoting the Innovation Potential in Culture II (INP II)”.

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Naima Ferré, Gali Kinkulkin, Angelika Hammer, Vincenz Kokot, Jennie Zimmermann, Gisbert Schürig

Jennie Zimmermann
is a freelance performing artist exploring sound and vocal art and the combination of dance, physical theater and fire spinning.
Following her passion for dance and voice work especially in the field of improvisation she focuses on contact improvisation and Roy Hart voice work.

Gisbert Schürig

Gisbert Schürig is working as a composer/improviser/teacher with voice (overtone and throat singing), guitar and electronics. He has conceptualized and organized several experimental performances. Also, he has composed for theatre, shadow puppet plays and storytelling, recorded with dancefloor rock formation Blotch and singer/songwriters Velve and Yifat Cohen.

Naïma Ferré
As a contemporary dancer and performer based in Berlin since 2012, Naïma Ferré’s work focuses on exploring the relationship between the body and the mind, with the special angle of duration and repetition. First within her research of dance improvisation (largely influenced by the work of Rosalind Crisp), she also pushes the limits of this exploration through her life model activity and looks for new spaces within this relationship through whirling.

Gali Kinkulkin
Gali is a permanent resident of the Lake Studios Berlin- an artist run dance, production and performance place. Since 2014 Gali has been performing in Israel and Berlin, her dance research is being inspired by improvisation, contact improvisation and the Axis-Syllabus method. Throughout the past years Gali has developed her own research practice, investigating continues exhausting patterns.

Vincenz Kokot
Vincenz Kokots artistic work is located in the fields of music, literature and dance/performance. Since 2005 he has published half a dozen albums with several band projects on various labels and toured Germany and Europe frequently.
Since 2010 he also composes music for movies and installations. Moreover, his work was increasingly concerned with dance and performance as well as with the intersections of sound and text.

Angelika Hammer
Angelika Hammer is a freelance dancer focusing on contemporary dance, flamenco and improvisation. Since 2014 she is offering workshops on contemporary dance and flamenco. She participated in the Dance Intensive programme of Tanzfabrik Berlin 2010/2011. In 2014 she spend several month in spain, studying traditional flamenco at Studio Alícia Márquez with Úrsula López, Andrés Marín and El Torombo.

28 May 2016 | Studio 2, Mime Centrum Berlin | Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
performance begins 20h sharp, discussion/ artist talk ca. 21:45