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With Radical Minimal, the Berlin-based Company Christoph Winkler explores the radical potential of minimal music and contemporary dance. In three choreographies, the team reinterprets three well-known pieces of minimal music: Come Out by Steve Reich, Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski and Stay on it by Julius Eastman. For each piece of music, a unique choreographic language is developed, through which the reception history of the pieces in music and dance as well as their respective connection to the U.S. civil rights movement becomes visible. Together with the Zafraan Ensemble and other international guest musicians, Company Christoph Winkler will present the three new interpretations in a joint live performance.

Oberbaumbrücke an der Spree mit Kühlhaus Berlin am Abend
Oberbaumbrücke an der Spree mit Kühlhaus Berlin am Abend © visitberlin, Foto Philip Koschel

The approach is particularly impressive in the example of Steve Reich's Come out: the piece alienates the testimony of a young, African-American man who was arrested in the course of the Harlem riots in 1964 and became a victim of police violence. The composition further alienates his voice through progressive sound layering and thus also anticipates the media duplication of cases of racist violence, which is known from the context of Black Lives Matter, among others. In Radical Minimal, the original context now becomes visible through a choreographic exploration by Adebajo Oluwafemi Israel and Rasheed Ridwan (The Future of Dance Company).
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CONCEPT Christoph Winkler MUSIC Zafraan Ensemble FLUTE Liam Mallett SAXOPHONE Martin Posegga CLARINET Miguel Pérez Iñesta PERCUSSION Daniel Eichholz PIANO Clemens Hund-Göschel VIOLINE Emmanuelle Bernard VIOLA Josa Gerhard VIOLONCELLO Martin Smith BY + WITH Oluwafemi Israel Adebajo, Lisa Rykena, Aloalii Tapu, Ridwan Rasheed, Raha Nejad, Sophie Prins

A production by Company Christoph Winkler in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Federal Cultural Foundation with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Media partner: taz, die Tageszeitung.
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Kühlhaus am Gleisdreieck - Berlin
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Kühlhaus am Gleisdreieck - Berlin