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Glitch refers to a (digital) disturbance of information, like a distorted image or a faltering video. GLITCH CHOIR transfers this phenomenon into the analogue space. At the center of the piece is the re-composition of a lamentation song through glitching.


Historically, public mourning has been performed primarily by women, so-called lamenters, who, in exchange for payment, give emotional expression to others’ grief for the deceased. It is mostly women who are allowed to, but also damned to glitch the private into the public.

The two female performers tend to a collective body of mourning by creating a space of intimate multi-resonance. In the vocal distortion already inherent in the lament, a transformation of mourning into a collective glitch takes place. What kind of choir emerges in the dissonance of frequencies?

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Concept, Choreography: Deva SchubertPerformance: Chihiro Araki, Deva SchubertVoice Coaching: Doreen KutzkeChoir: Siegmar Zacharias, Emilie Gregersen, Noumissa Sidibé, Doreen Kutzke, Naledi Majola, Francesca Ferrari, Ama Tomberli, Jette Büchsenschütz, Lotta BeckersMusic, sound: Davide LucianiLight: Hannah Kritten TangsooDramaturgy: Lotta BeckersResearch, dramaturgy: Jette BüchsenschützCostume: Ama TomberliResidence: Something Great Schloss MentinMusic: originally created with Ben Meerwein

A production by Deva Schubert. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR and Schloss Mentin/Something Great. 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.