Archive: Tanztage Berlin 2022
Layton Lachman/Samuel Hertz: DOOM (THE MOVIE)
JANUAR 17–22

DOOM (THE MOVIE) is Layton Lachman’s and Samuel Hertz‘s offering of rhythms, textures, and ways of being-with, together. Even as apocalypses bloom around us, they dance non-stop and launch into a doom-metal concert, howling the approach to the end of the world — a collective grieving and celebration in the face of oncoming doom. They invite us to see, feel, and hear the slow changes of an ending world, and yet propose a non-fatalistic way of attending to each other with care, imagining alternatives to the end-of-days scenario.

Layton Lachman is a choreographer who creates performances rooted in somatics, channeling these experiential practices into immersive, sensorially complex worlds. Layton is committed to dance practice centered on group study and collective authorship — with the understanding that we are always collaborating with those who come before, after, and with us. After working in San Francisco alongside Abby Crain, Mara Poliak, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann, and SALTA, Layton relocated to Berlin. For the past five years they have often been engaged with T.E.N.T. collective  — creating experimental curatorial platforms  — as well as developing their own choreographies.

Samuel Hertz is a composer/researcher specialising in sound and climate. Past performances on infrasound, acoustic ecology, and radiophonic lunar transmission have been presented in such venues as Palais de Tokyo (FR), Fylkingen (SE), Pioneer Works (US), Opera North (UK), and the National Science + Media Museum (UK). Hertz has authored nine essays on sound and environment, and his research currently happens within The School of Infinite Rehearsals/Onassis Future Initiative.

CONCEPT Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz CHOREOGRAPHY, DIRECTION Layton Lachman ORIGINAL COMPOSITION Samuel Hertz CREATED AND PERFORMED WITH emeka ene & Caroline Neill Alexander DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Ethan Folk 1. CAMERA Ivanka Tramp 2. CAMERA Ethan Folk COSTUMES Ivanka Tramp LIGHTING MINQ EDITING Ethan Folk SOUND MIX Samuel Hertz

DOOM (THE MOVIE) is a production by Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz in co-production with TANZTAGE BERLIN/SOPHIENSÆLE. This production was also made possible with the generous support of DIS-TANZEN and Musikfonds e.V. The 31st edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V. and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte. Media partners: Siegessäule, tipBerlin, taz and Berlin Art Link.