4.6. 6 to 9pm, 5.6. 4 to 7pm, 11.6. 6 to 9pm, 12.6. 4 to 7pm
On the Rathausvorplatz next to Galerie Wedding, a movement research and dance performance by choreographer Gloria Höckner together with eleven dancers, curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen, will be presented on four days in June, 4.6. 6-9pm, 5.6. 4-7pm, 11.6. 6-9pm, 12.6. 4-7pm.
With the dance project Piazza Paradiso – Rave New World choreographer Gloria Höckner presents a dance experiment invited by Galerie Wedding. The Berlin-based choreographer Höckner works internationally and explores through dance how people, e.g. from different dance communities, can be physically reconnected today. Through diverse, club-inspired movement research, ways of “existing otherwise” are being searched for in today’s (post-) pandemic times. In times of virtualisation of interpersonal contact and loss of bodily togetherness, Piazza Paradiso: Rave New World revives dance as a form of the social and the collective. The Piazza Paradiso is a kind of utopian place, a longing, a search for new ways of relating and practices of solidarity; it is real and exists in the space that the dancers create between each other. Following the practice of rave, which transforms urban space, the dancing bodies will turn the Rathausvorplatz in Wedding into a place where diverse bodies and embodiments are celebrated. Over the course of a several hours, eleven performers from different dance communities (hip hop, voguing, folklore, etc.) and contexts create a performative setting that gives space to the urgency of dance and of collectivity.
The context of Piazza Paradiso: Rave New World is the newly opened A Movement Research Center at Galerie Wedding, a spatial installation designed by Isabel Lewis, artist, choreographer and co-curator at Galerie Wedding 2021. A Movement Research Center is accessible throughout the year 2021 in Galerie Wedding. It houses an archive dedicated to social and physical movement research, conceived by Lewis and Solvej Helweg Ovesen. It is a multifunctional space open to the public: a reading room, an archive, a meeting place, mediation and meditation space, as well as a backstage for performances in nearby public space. The book archive holds current titles on performance studies as well as activist movement research and can be read on site.