In choreographer Sergiu Matis’ new production “DRANG” (“URGE”), performers seek out new points of entry to dance, more fanciful inspiration and the resurrection of a sacred world. The premiere of "DRANG", together with the Berlin premiere of "Terrain" by Koistinen/Valikoski/Zajac, marks the opening weekend of the "Open Spaces" festival by Tanzfabrik Berlin. With the initiative "Tanzfabrik ♥ Radialsystem", the two institutions are cooperating within the framework of the festival to improve the labor and presentation conditions of dance professionals in Berlin.
The dance in “DRANG” no longer mourns the loss of nature; rather, it is animated by the yearning for enchanted woods and magic. This search for magical algorithms is accompanied and inspired by fantasias, toccatas and passacaglias for cembalo – from the Renaissance to today.
The raw compulsion of unresolved grief transforms itself into a storm of emotions – immediate, spontaneous and direct. It navigates from crisis to crisis, between the early Romantics and the visionary rebirth of the Renaissance. For the early Romantics, Drang (from the old Germanic word þrangwaz – squeezing, narrow), signified the undertow that drags one towards darkness and death. The new Drang in Sergiu Matis’ performance appears as reverence for the diverse forms of life.
Concept and Choreography: Sergiu Matis
Performance: Eli Cohen, Sergiu Matis, Orlando Rodriguez and Diletta Sperman
Harpsichord: Elina Albach
Music: Girolamo Frescobaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti and György Ligeti
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Composition: AGF Antye Greie
Soundscape: Andrea Parolin and Emma Juliard
Stage design: Adrian Ganea
Lighting: Emma Juliard
Costume design: Philip Ingman
Technical direction and sound: Andrea Parolin
Choreographic assistance:Vincent Bozek
Stage design assistance: Xenia Roth
Stage design assistance: Flavius Augustin
Production: Anna Chwialkowska
Distribution: Danila - Freitag, Agency for Performative Arts
Open Spaces 2022
From 17-28 February 2022, Tanzfabrik Berlin once again hosts the festival "Open Spaces". Since 2014, the festival has been orientated toward a broad (dance) audience; its diverse program and very different formats have brought exposure to some highly innovative protagonists of Berlin's contemporary dance scene. The opening weekend at Radialsystem presents two major Berlin premieres: "DRANG" by Sergiu Matis and "Terrain" by Milla Koistinen, Paul Valikoski and Ladislav Zajac. Both works are part of the ongoing collaboration "Tanzfabrik ♥ Radialsystem", which aims to support artists and render their work accessible to a wider audience.
Tanzfabrik ♥ Radialsystem
As part of Open Spaces, Tanzfabrik Berlin and Radialsystem have presented two artists to a broad audience on the stages of Radialsystem every spring since 2018. The collaboration aims to improve the labor and presentation conditions of dance professionals in Berlin beyond their individual institutional contexts. In addition to the visibility of this joint platform, an important moment of nexus between local and international artists and scenes is achieved. Both institutions provide equal support to the artists in the forms of co-production resources, rehearsal spaces and public relations work.
A Sergiu Matis production, funded by the Haupstadtkulturfonds (HKF). Co-produced by Radial Foundation, MDT Stockholm, Workshop Foundation Budapest and apap - FEMINIST FUTURES, co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Supported by Tanzfabrik Berlin. Supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the framework of the NEUSTART KULTUR aid programme for dance.
Media partners: rbb Kultur, taz. die tageszeitung, tip Berlin, ExBerliner and Ask Helmut.