Archive: Tanztage Berlin 2022
Cassie Augusta Jørgensen
Debris in a Skin-Tight Corset
In English

The performances of Debris in a Skin-Tight Corset will take place as Double Bill with (bb) by tiran/Nkisi.


Tighter, harder, longer, better, higher. Ballet is the fetish of the world. Skinny ballerina on her tippy toes, balancing time in a freeze frame with her militant performance. Tied up in being female, tied up in a corset, tied to a penis, tied up from being tied to perfection. Debris in a Skin-tight Corset is a fiction inside the ridiculous and exclusive history of baroque ballet de cour, an iconic court spectacle of early seventeenth-century France. In this dance performance work, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen explores the rooms in which politics were performed as entertainment for the upper-upper-class by comedy queens, into which she invites herself, Kate Bush, Marquis de Merteuil from Dangerous Liaisons, the Marquis de Sade, Rory Pilgrim and Puce Mary.
Debris in a Skin-tight Corset is a work of the inner eye, with choreography extracted from film and painting, the artists’ personal relationships to classical ballet, and the strictness and the tightness of Western beauty – so pretty it hurts.

Debris in a Skin-Tight Corset runs about 45 minutes. It is in English spoken language. At some moments, the stage and audience area are in complete darkness. Abrupt light changes and fog occur, as well as loud noises. Hearing protection is provided at the entrance. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop, if available. Admission begins 20-30 minutes prior to show time. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. Please note that details may change until the premiere. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.
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CASSIE AUGUSTA JØRGENSEN works as a dancer and choreographer. She has perfected her showgirl-ship through working with theatre, art and dance makers. Jørgensen has a trained background in classical and modern dance. She works from the imagination of her inside eye, deep, sweaty and long improv sessions, Christian morals and porn, people that inspire her, her diary, lots of films, other dancers like Valeska Gert along other mime legends, females and of course being a trans girl drawn to tragedy in all its vibrancy. Jørgensen’s desire and goal is to make holes and ambiguous space in history and dance history, to meditate on new narratives and fiction of live performance and other shapes.

CHOREOGRAPHY Cassie Augusta Jørgensen PERFORMANCE Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Rory Pilgrim SOUND Roman Ole COSTUME Alecsander Rothschild, Leila Hekmat

A production by Cassie Augusta Jørgensen in co-production with the Festival Les Urbaines. 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.