BODIESLANGUAGE (2014)

bodieSLANGuage
Sixteen hands are the protagonists of bodieSLANGuage.
They unite, communicate, create worlds and drift apart.

Mixing contemporary dance, Sign Language and gestures from pop culture and everyday life, three choreographers explore with a group of eight international Deaf and hearing performers the expression possibilities of the hands.

They translate music and sound through the body and Sign Language into physical exploration. Their gestures and facial expressions lead the spectators through a saturated audiovisual journey; a celebration of cultural manifestations, a multilingual landscape, quoting, mixing and transforming cultural codes, highlighting the “queer”, the “other” and the alternative.

bodieSLANGuage is a production by the Berlin based choreographers duo matanicola (Nicola Mascia & Matan Zamir) and the Sign Language interpreter and performance artist the progressive wave (Gal Naor), who collaborate for the first time in this interdisciplinary dance performance.

Concept / Direction / Choreography
Nicola Mascia, Gal Naor, Matan Zamir
Performance
Bráulio Bandeira
Jan Michael Kress
Laura Levita Valyte
Maureen Lopez Lembo / Yaara Dolev
Nicola Mascia
Gal Naor
Jija Sohn
Simo Vassinen / Manuel Perez Torres 

Soundtrack Design
Tomer Rosenthal
Light Design
Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Audio / Visual Interaction
Safy Etiel
Costume Design
Saša Kovacevic
Technical Direction
Fabian Bleisch
Production Direction
Annett Hardegen
Public Relations
Nora Gores
Photography
Benedikt J. Feldmann

A production of matanicola and the progressive wave in co-production with Theater Freiburg and Ballhaus Ost, Berlin. Funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Berlin. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik, Dock 11, Tess-Relay-Dienste, Edelmat and Sniper, Berlin.