Archive: Tanztage Berlin 2023
Xenia Koghilaki
Bang Bang Bodies
No language

The performance takes place as a double bill with Lounge by Marga Alfeirão. The performances will be shown one after the other with an interval of 45 minutes. When you buy your ticket, you will receive a combi-ticket that allows you to attend both performances. 

We recommend wearing an FFP2 mask for the performance visit.

Bang Bang Bodies embarks on a choreographic journey into the collective imaginary. What brings bodies together? Where can the experience of togetherness be situated? The work uses headbanging – common in the metal and punk scenes, rituals, and protests – as an endless chain of reciprocity of space and time, sweat and breath, but also historical, cultural and political particles between bodies. On stage two performers explore the effect of exhaustion, repetition and persistence, bringing out both personal and cultural memories and ideas of how we perceive our bodies in relation to others and the world. They engage in an exchange that is never static but always turbulent.

If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event.

General: The performance lasts about 45 minutes and does not use language. Dimmed lights, neon tubes, strobe lights, flickering lights, fog and smoke are used on stage. The sound gradually becomes a rhythmic drone that continues throughout the performance. The sound circulates around the audience and can thus be heard from different directions. It gets loud at some points. Earplugs are available at the box office and at the entrance.

Combi-Ticket: The performance takes place as a double bill with Lounge by Marga Alfeirão. This means that when you buy your ticket, you will receive a combi-ticket that allows you to attend both performances. The performances will be shown one after the other. Reserved tickets must be picked up at the box office by 7.30 pm.

Audience area: The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and two beanbag seats, which can be reserved or purchased at the online ticket shop or box office, depending on availability.

Early Boarding: If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding. This is early admission for all people (especially with visible or non-visible disabilities) who want a specific seat or a more relaxed entry. Early Boarding usually starts 10-20 minutes before the performance starts. The meeting point is next to the bar. Five minutes before Early Boarding begins, an on-site announcement will draw your attention to it once again. Our evening staff will be happy to help you find the meeting point.

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Xenia Koghilaki is originally from Athens and lives and works in Berlin in the field of performing arts as a dancer and choreographer. She is a graduate of the National School of Dance of Greece, the Architecture Department of the University of Patras and holds an MA in “Solo/Dance/Authorship” from HZT Berlin. Koghilaki puts the body in the center of her interest, while her practice engages with issues of re-examining the moving body’s aesthetic, political and social aspects. Her work has been presented at Tanztage Berlin, Onassis Dance Days, Onassis New Choreographers Festival, Arc for Dance Festival and K-Gold Temporary Gallery, among others. As a dancer, she has worked with Kat Válastur, the Chto Delat Collective and the Hellenic Dance Company among others. Koghilaki is a Danceweb scholarship holder and she has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS in 2022.

Concept, Choreography, Performance Xenia Koghilaki In collaboration withCo-creation, Performance Luisa Fernanda Alfonso Sound Design Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos Light Design Vito Walter Outside Eye André Uerba, Dorota Michalak Mentoring Kat Válastur Tutors Sandra Noeth, Janez Janša

Produced by Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT-Berlin), with the support of Studienabschluss-Stipendium für internationale Studierende at UdK. The 32nd Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., HZT Berlin and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte. Media partners: Siegessäule, taz and Berlin Art Link.