»Speak Boldly: The Julius Eastman Dance Project« at the Sophiensaele Berlin

news_2018-11_Eastman Speak Boldly – The Julius Eastman Dance Project © Jermain T. Raffington

From 6 to 9 December 2018, the Zafraan Ensemble and the Company Christoph Winkler join forces at the Sophiensaele for four special nights full of Julius Eastman’s music and contemporary dance.

As a highly talented musician, composer, singer and dancer Julius Eastmann, who passed away in 1990, was a multi-talent in music history. Despite international success, as an openly gay Afro-American he was still however unable to assert himself in the white dominated art scene. Christoph Winkler translates three pieces by Eastman with international guests into a choreography focusing on the pioneering influences of minimal music in contemporary dance: what inspiration would dance have drawn from Eastman’s works if it had become part of the educational canon?

Julius Eastman: Gay Guerilla (1979) for 4 grand pianos and 5 dancers
Julius Eastman: The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc (1981) for 6 cellos and 2 dancers
Julius Eastman: Femenine (1974) for 2 grand pianos, 2 keyboards, 2 cellos, vibraphone,  saxophone, flute and 7 dancers

Thursday, 06.12.2018, 20 Uhr (Premiere)
Friday, 07.12.2018, 20 Uhr
Saturday, 08.12.2018, 20 Uhr
Sunday, 08.12.2018, 20 Uhr

07.12.2018, 18.30 Uhr: Tanzscout with Maren Witte
08.12.2018, 18.30 Uhr: Precarious Disidentifications: Julius Eastman and the Black American Avant-Garde – Lecture by Thomas F. DeFrantz

Admission: 15 € / 10 € (reduced)
Sophiensaele, Berlin

Idea, concept: Christoph Winkler
Choreography, performance: Aloaii Tapu, Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala, Karima Amrani, Lois Alexander, Lisa Rykena, Zen Jefferson, Christofer Medina (choreography Femenine: Zen Jefferson)
Arrangement: Clemens Hund-Göschel
Zafraan Ensemble & Guests: Clemens Hund-Göschel, Johannes Malfatti, Claudia Pérez Iñesta, Andreas Schulz (piano); Martin Smith, Alice Dixon, Stefan Heinemeyer, Mathis Mayr, Angela Park, Tony Rymer (violoncello); Liam Mallett (flute), Martin Posegga (saxophone), Daniel Eichholz (percussion)
Technical direction, light design: Claes Schwennen
Stage design: Valentina Primavera
Costumes: Raki Fernandez
Production management: Laura Biagioni

A production by Company Christoph Winkler. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and the Augstein-Stiftung. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung