James Batchelor & Collaborators
Terrain Körper: Eine haptische Forschungsreise
Workshop to the performance Hyperspace
Workshop
January 16 | 15.00 h
Festsaalfoyer
In English | German Translation available if needed

The number of participants is limited to 12. Please register by January 10 at / 030-27890045.

In this workshop Australian choreographer James Batchelor will introduce a movement practice that was initially developed as part of the creation of his work Hyperspace. Since his involvement on an expedition to sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald Islands in 2016, James has been questioning how the body senses, measures and maps the unknown. The practice proposes a method for mapping your own body as an unknown terrain, collapsing scale down to microscopic details. Prioritising the sense of touch in this exploration, the method develops attention to texture, surface and volume as ways to describe the body.

The workshop was designed with a focus on accessibility for blind and visually impaired audiences but is open to everyone. It does not require any previous dance experience and will be taught in English with live translation into German if needed. It involves touching another person’s hand and allowing them to touch yours.

A film version of Hyperspace with German audio description will be shown online within Tanztage Berlin from January 10 until January 16.

JAMES BATCHELOR is a Berlin-based choreographer and performer from Australia. His works are focused on the hypnotic, visually detailed and draw the audience into a contemplative and imaginative world. In 2016 he participated in a two-month expedition to Antarctica and has since developed several performance works from this experience that have been shown in theaters, galleries and festivals around the world, including Tanz im August (Berlin), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Dance Massive (Melbourne). James was selected as an Aerowaves artist in 2019.

CREATION, DIRECTION James Batchelor CONSULTATION Gerald Pirner

The workshop is part of the 31st Tanztage Berlin. 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.