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Located on the Spree, the Radialsystem was originally one of Berlin's first pumping stations and in the late 19th century it channeled the sewage from the rapidly growing city. As part of the "Breathing Rivers" summer festival, today's radial system will be examined from 20.-23. July 2023 our relationship with nature and water with works by the choreographers Amanda Piña, Lina Gómez and Luísa Saraiva.

The "Breathing Rivers" festival opens up spaces of experience in which we can collectively remember a connection between all living things that has been disrupted by the thinking and actions of European modernity.

Fractures between man and nature, body and mind, or also dividing categorizations such as gender and race - fractures against the background of which violence and exploitation are justified. The return to the inseparable connection of human beings in a larger context begins here with the body as a place of experience. Instead of the idea of universal knowledge, "Breathing Rivers" proposes a multitude of possibilities for knowledge production that arises with and from the reality of differently situated bodies.

In various formats, the festival ties in with the long-term research of the choreographer Amanda Piña, whose work deals with the loss of our planet's cultural and biological diversity. At the center of her work are points of contact between art, indigenous knowledge, activism and scientific research. In the context of indigenous knowledge practices of the American double continent, she addresses the question of how the relationship between humans and nature can be experienced as an equal relationship between bodies - beyond modern, extractivist thinking that considers humans detached from their environment.

This weekend, Radialsystem is showing their performance "Frontera / Procesión - Un Ritual de Água" and the video installation "Água es Futuro!".

The new work by choreographer Lina Gómez will also be premiered: "Vagarosas" is inspired by the mountains as a metaphor for strength and movement and for the ability to achieve change through perseverance and determination.

In the German premiere of the immersive sound choreography "Tirana", Luísa Saraiva examines the physicality of singing and the limits of the female voice. Portuguese folk songs and a polyphonic repertoire sung exclusively by women, which deals with themes such as women's work, motherhood and violence, serve as a source of inspiration.

The festival program is complemented by the “River Talks” series curated by Amanda Piña, which brings together experts with scientific, artistic, local and indigenous knowledge.

  • Amanda Piña
  • Lina Gómez
  • Luísa Saraiva

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Additional information
"Breathing Rivers" is an event by Radialsystem, funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.

Media partners: taz. die tageszeitung, tip Berlin, Exberliner and Rausgegangen.

Thur 20 07 2023

18.30-22.30 Uhr: Água es Futuro!Amanda Piña – Video Installation

20.30 Uhr: VagarosasLina Gómez – Performance, World Premiere 

Fri 21 07 2023

17 Uhr: River TalksDiscourse Format

17-22.30 Uhr: Água es Futuro!Amanda Piña

18.30 Uhr: TiranaLuísa Saraiva – Performance, German Premiere of the Stage Version

20.30 Uhr: VagarosasLina Gómez – With Audio Description & Haptic Access Tour


Sat 22 07 2023

14-22.30 Uhr: Água es Futuro!Amanda Piña

14 Uhr: River TalksDiscourse Format

16 Uhr: Frontera / Procesión – Un Ritual de ÁguaAmanda Piña – Performance, German Premiere

18.30 Uhr: TiranaLuísa Saraiva – With Audio Description & Haptic Access Tour

20.30 Uhr: VagarosasLina Gómez


Sun 23 07 2023

16-20 Uhr: Água es Futuro!Amanda Piña

16 Uhr: River TalksDiscourse Format

18.30 Uhr: VagarosasLina Gómez