Clay AD: Indication of Spring at the End of Time
JANUARY 10–16

In the not-too-distant future, in January 2029, a daffodil blooms. Living for a few short days in a garden on the outskirts of the city, a group of humans will care for it and let it grow. This is also where it dies. Indication of Spring at the End of Time asks why it is often so difficult to imagine the near future. The piece, which will be shown as a film version as part of the Tanztage Berlin 2022, reverses traditional forms and accustomed moral concepts of storytelling – in this case the fable. It shows a non-human approach to time and a practice of changing perception. Between dance performance and reading, Clay AD builds a micro-world that attempts to move through death and grief, seeing it as a necessity in the emotional process of living together on our planet today.

Clay AD (they/them) is a Berlin based interdisciplinary artist, writer, tarot reader and bodyworker. Their practice engages with stories and storytelling about illness, ecology, science fiction, transformation and structures of care — by themselves, collectively and with their clients. Their first novel, Metabolize, If Able is available through Arcadia Missa Press UK and was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror.

Isabel Gatzke (Dramaturgy) works as a dramaturg in the field of dance and performance. She studied multidisciplinary Cultural Studies and Theatre at the University of Hildesheim, Art in Context (M.A.) at University of the Arts Berlin and Dramaturgy (M.A.) at Zurich University of the Arts. Isabel worked with the choreographer Anna Aristarkhova, Annegret Schalke, Frida Giulia Franceschini, Olympia Bukkakis (Gender Euphoria, Sophiensæle Berlin, 2019 / Work on ProgressThe Present Is Not Enough – Performing Queer History and Futures, HAU, 2019 / Under Pressures, Gessnerallee Zürich, 2019) and Judith Förster (SHOWDOWN, Vierte Welt Berlin, 2020). Since 2018 she is a research assistant for the artistic-research project Non-knowledge, Laughter and the Moving Image led by Professor Annika Larsson (HFBK Hamburg / RIA Stockholm). In this frame she curated the two-day symposium The Dance of Disorder with contributions by a.o. Oona Doherty, Dana Michel and Tracy Maurice, Kélina Gotman and Jasmin Schädler (HFBK Hamburg, 2020).

MINQ is a Berlin-based DJ, Sound Artist and Cultural Producer. Their practice is held in a belief that music is a place of connection – to the self, others and the world at large. MINQ’s work is a mode of storytelling – stories from the past, present, or future. From non-fiction to fantasy.

Emese Csornai studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest and fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Her research in fine arts led her to lighting design, which two principles keep informing each other in her work as a practicing lighting designer. www.emesecsornai.com

CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Clay AD DRAMATURGY Isabel Gatzke SOUND MINQ COSTUME Clay AD LIGHT Emese Csornai AUDIO DESCRIPTION Europa Grace, Sophia Neises SOUNDEDITING Andrea Würth

A production by Clay AD in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. The 31st edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of 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.