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In bodyride a group of performers explore the radical nature of a body embedded in Ballroom culture through choreographic scores executed to soundscapes juxtaposing sacred music, ballroom beats and otherworldly sounds. Ballroom — as a space created by Black and Latinx trans people to celebrate their community and mock, and thus transgress, the norms surrounding hegemonic structures — is understood here as a reservoir of BIPOCQ ancestral knowledge.

What can a body — driven by this ancestral resistance — do to stay visible and alive in a political and economic system perpetuating violence against marginalised communities? Catwalks, duckwalks, hands performance, spin and dips, posing, runway walks and other elements of Ballroom physicality are a myriad of techniques and states, a collective language aimed at training a dissident body and reclaiming a stolen political agency.

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Choreography, Dance: Felipe Faria, Kris Eshu, Anh KhoaSound: PucaDramaturgical Support: Jette Büchsenschutz

A production by Anh Khoa Trần & Christopher Bullen & Felipe Faria & púca.xp3 in co-production with Sophiensæle. The 33rd Tanztage Berlin are a production of Sophiensæle. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and the Capital Cultural Fund (HKF). With the kind support of  Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte. Media partners: Berlin Art Link, Missy, Siegessäule and taz.