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The international project Terrestrial Transit deals with the critical practice of artistic intervention, which is gaining renewed importance in Eastern Europe today - especially in former communist countries - in view of the strengthening of right-wing authoritarian regimes.

CRANKY BODIES A/COMPANY: Terrestrial transit - kick off
CRANKY BODIES A/COMPANY: Terrestrial transit - kick off © Michiel Keuper

The work of the dance company Cranky Bodies a/company, founded in August 2020 by Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, refers in particular to political forms of protest in the tradition of Polish and Hungarian dance and performance art before the fall of the Wall.

The project is conceived as a choreographic journey. After a kick-off weekend at the Sophiensælen in June, the company will then research alternative forms of participation in the environments and landscapes from Berlin to Ponderosa/Stolzenhagen via Szczecin to the Baltic Sea. A final performative audiovisual installation will take place in October at Dock11 in Berlin.

Terrestrial Transit draws on friendships, places and relationships that have emerged through the artistic and socio-political experiences of the ensemble members and combines them into a new cartography. The choreographic migration is documented in the form of a film diary by Stella Horta. This embodied archive connects with the improvisational, post-Judson inspired practices of Cranky Bodies a/company.
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ARTISTIC DIRECTION Peter Pleyer, Michiel Keuper COSTUME, SET Michiel Keuper FILM Stella Horta SOUND/MUSIC Marc Lohr DRAMATURGY Jette Büchsenschütz DRAMATURGY, SCIENTIFIC ACCOMMODATION Kirsten Maar DANCE/PERFORMANCE Eszter Gál, Marysia Stokłosa, Aleksandra Borys, Mor Demer, Bjørn Ivan Ekemark/ Ivanka Tramp, Caroline Neill Alexander, Ka Rustler GUESTS Joanna Leśnierowska a. o. 

A production by Cranky Bodies a/company in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds with the support of DOCKART. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung.
Sophiensaele - Festsaal
Sophiensaele - Festsaal