Layton Lachman/Samuel Hertz
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DOOM – a durational performance in the form of a drone/doom metal concert in a constantly changing environment of hair and body. DOOM – an accumulation of grievances and a mapping of these grievances into an entanglement of snarls. DOOM – the foreboding of sounds that shake us and force us to search for the connection between the things we usually keep separate. The apocalypse is blooming around us, but DOOM shows us a non-fatalistic way to sense our surroundings, to react attentively to the people in the room and to explore them. Illuminated by Sandra Blatterer’s TOGETHER ALONE sculptures, four performers move through a precarious landscape of chaos, magic and collapse – often intensified and distorted by incessant dancing.

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LAYTON LACHMAN creates performances rooted in somatics and directs these experiences into immersive, sensory complex worlds. Layton is committed to a dance practice that focuses on group studies, the expansion of “The Commons” and collective authorship – with the understanding that we always work with the people who come before, after and with us. After earning a BFA in choreography from the University of Ohio, Layton moved to San Francisco and has worked with Abby Crain, Mara Poliak, Margit Galanter, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann and SALTA, among others. In Berlin, Layton worked mainly with the T.E.N.T. collective. Layton set up a research studio, organized events, parties and shows in Berlin, Dresden, Stockholm and on free farmlands. 
SAMUEL HERTZ is a composer/researcher specialized in sound and climate. Previous performances on infrasound, acoustic ecology and radiophonic lunar transmission have been presented at venues such as the Palais de Tokyo (FR), Fylkingen (SE), Pioneer Works (US), Opera North (UK) and the National Science + Media Museum (UK). Hertz has written seven essays on sound and the environment, and his research is currently underway as part of the School of Infinite Rehearsals/Onassis Future Initiative.

CHOREOGRAPHY Layton Lachman COMPOSITION, SOUND DESIGN Samuel Hertz BY AND WITH Caroline Neill Alexander, Emeka Ene COSTUME Ivanka Tramp LIGHT DESIGN Sandra Blatterer Dramaturgical advice Maxi Wallenhorst

A production by Layton Lachman/Samuel Hertz in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. The 30th edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte and Förderband e.V./Berliner Spielplan Audiodeskription. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung