no lake, just canal, 2021

Performance for video

Landwehrkanal, Berlin for Mixit! Dance 2021

A contemporary re-working of the Swan Lake material and motif. The history and current position of ballet are highly tied to hegemonial hierarchy and problematic ideals (regarding body, gender, race, class, age a.o.) - yet a lot of children grow up dreaming of the ballet with starry eyes. A non-ballet, non-dance, non-aesthetic movement of the body reveals itself against the backdrop of literal swans, who live along the Landwehrkanal in Berlin-Kreuzberg. It's not the movement and the dance that are in the foreground, but the activity of the animals in this environment that is activated through the performance, blurring the boundaries of agency.