In Perpetual Archive, Ana Lessing Menjibar experiments with the cultural heritage associated with her background in flamenco dance: Following Beuys’ motto “show your wound”, flamenco can be seen as an art form with cathartic potential – a collective agreement to pay attention to the wound of the individual and thus merge with each other. Through emotion and participation, flamenco releases the transformative power to turn pain into energy and empowerment. Menjibar draws from her personal archive of physical memories and thought patterns, creating a poetic space between formality and ecstasy, revealing a series of states, creatures, spatial concepts and unfolding a poetic world.
ANA LESSING MENJIBAR is a German-Spanish performer, dancer and visual artist, born and based in Berlin. In her work she weaves body and sound in multimedia installations to construct poetic-surreal worlds that reveal a series of states. Exploring the transformative potential of flamenco in the context of performance and contemporary dance, the body is also addressed as a unique source of sound and rhythm, using sound to act as a performer in space. In addition to flamenco dance, she studied visual communication at the UdK Berlin and completed a master solo/dance/authoring degree at the HZT-Berlin.
Philipp Kullen studied percussion and drums, graduating in 2006 from the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. He has been touring Europe as a professional musician since 2005 – for music of different styles: from jazz to flamenco to electronic music. From 2009 to 2011 he explored the possibilities of a creative approach to sound and space in his studies Sound Studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Since 2009 he realized several experimental sound works, sound installations and sound performances in Berlin, among others in the context of Transmediale 2010 and at the festival klangstaetten 2012 in Braunschweig. He also works as a musician at the Berliner Ensemble in productions by Jean Bellorini and Robert Wilson and at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Nico and the Navigators.
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Ana Lessing Menjibar COMPOSITION Ana Lessing Menjibar, Philipp Kullen MUSIC Philipp Kullen DRAMATURGY Vera Fenyvesi Köppern DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE Sandra Umathum COSTUME Eric Winkler STAGE Ana Lessing Menjibar LIGHT Joseph Wegmann Technical direction Nikola Pieper MENTORS Sandra Umathum, Jeremy Wade, Monica Bonvicini
A production by HZT-Berlin, with special support by Sandra Noeth, Rhys Martin, Sophia New, Nik Haffner and Angela Schubot. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Paul Studios. 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