Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

UK Premiere

Melk Prod. / Marco Berrettini (Geneva)

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Sunday 20 October 2019, 7.45pm

Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street
Birmingham, B5 4TB United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with and supported by DanceXchange. Presentation supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation.

70 mins
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Marco Berrettini

Credit M. Jeanson

Marco Berrettini

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Marco Berrettini

Credit M. Jeanson

Marie-Caroline Hominal is Raymonda, Marco Berrettini is Taylor. A dance begins…

A young woman and a middle-aged man, half naked in a tropical dream world boasting floating plants. They are being watched. An erotic female voice sings strange associations with nature. The elegant trance they trace out is done so according to a minimalist and repetitive structure based on the residue of social dances, which are then mirrored.

Taking inspiration from the book ‘You Must Change Your Life’ by German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, Berrettini revisits the age old question: why are we here, on this earth? A former student of Pina Bausch, Berrettini was the German disco-dancing champion at the age of 15!

Artistic direction and conception - Marco Berrettini Scenography and lighting - Victor Roy Choreography - Marco Berrettini in collaboration with Marie-Caroline Hominal Technical direction - Thierry Court Performance - Marco Berrettini, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Samuel Pajand Administration and distribution -  Tutu Production Production - *MELK PROD. Music - Summer Music Co-production - adc Genève Supported by Ville de Genève, Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, Loterie romande, DRAC Île-de-France, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, CORODIS

Fierce Says

Brilliant Simone Aughterlony (Fierce Festival 2015 & 2017) introduced us to Marco. This was the first piece we confirmed for this year’s festival, and we always knew it had to close proceedings. As the final curtain comes down and the Fierce community disperses once again join us for this near mystical performance and wonder if it was all a dream.

Details

Sunday 20 October 2019

7.45pm

DanceXchange, Patrick Studio

£12 – £10

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UK Premiere

Alexandra Bachzetsis (Zurich)

Private: Wear a mask when you talk to me

Sunday 20 October 2019, 5.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Midland Arts Centre. Presentation supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

50 mins
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Alexandra Bachzetsis

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Alexandra Bachzetsis

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Alexandra Bachzetsis

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Alexandra Bachzetsis

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Alexandra Bachzetsis

Credit Blommers & Schumm

A critic would say: Alexandra Bachzetsis’s solo Private: Wear a mask when you talk to me could be considered a sort of “equipment piece,” where what it is to be explored is how everyday behaviors of gender and sexual identity are reproduced. Bringing Trisha Brown’s choreographic tradition into the highly techno-baroque world of global pop culture, Private is an unsolicited report, fifty-three minutes in duration, on how gender and sexual desire are fabricated through the ritualized repetition of bodily gestures within the neoliberal regime.

However, Private does not mobilize techniques of parody that have been developed within feminist and queer cultures during the last years. It doesn’t aim to represent the process of embodiment of gender and sexual norms, but rather it explores the instances of performative failure and inner transition that allow for agency and resistance to emerge.

Concept, Choreography & Performance - Alexandra Bachzetsis Collaboration, Creation and Movement Research - Thibault Lac Research Curator - Paul B. Preciado Communication Design & Photography - Julia Born and Blommers-Schumm Costume Design - Cosima Gadient Collaboration Sound - Lies Vanborm Lighting Design & Technique - Patrik Rimann Stage Design & Production Assistant - Sotiris Vasiliou Production - Association All Exclusive Production Management - Anna Geering Supported by - Kooperative Förderververeinbarung between: Stadt Zürich, Fachausschuss Tanz und Theater BS/BL, Pro Helvetia-Schweizer Kulturstiftung, GGG Basel und Ernst Göhner Stiftung Co-Produced with Kaserne Basel, Zürich Tanzt, Art Night with ICA London, Rauschenberg Residency/Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Tanzhaus Zürich Co-Commissioned by documenta 14

Fierce Says

It is a joy to watch Alexandra Bachzetsis whose work has been performed everywhere from Tate Modern to MoMA and Documenta. This solo has even been shown on New York’s Highline. If you’ve read the book Testo-Junkie, note that the author Paul B. Preciado acted as research curator on the making of this piece.

Details

Sunday 20 October 2019

5.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Foyle Studio

£14 – £12

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UK Premiere

Begüm Erciyas (Berlin / Brussels)

Voicing Pieces

Friday 18 October 2019Sunday 20 October 2019

110 Northwood Street
Birmingham, B3 1SZ United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut London

30 mins
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In Voicing Pieces, your own voice is staged to become the protagonist. In the intimacy of an isolated sound booth, guided by a simple score, you become spectator of your own voice.

Aren’t our own voices always inauthentic and uncanny? Who is speaking, when your own voice speaks? Rather than recognizing yourself in the stranger, Voicing Pieces is an invitation to recognize the stranger in yourself.

There are time slots from Voicing Pieces every 10 minutes. Select your time from the drop down menu. Voicing Pieces lasts 30 minutes from your time slot.

‘It is a long journey, although it lasts only half an hour, which eventually brings you back home to yourself, to your own voice. And it will never sound the same again. Magical.’

– deMorgen

Fierce Says

A performance in which you become the performer, for an audience of yourself. This is a beautiful and unusual installation that we also found strangely empowering. Be sure to book quick as slots are extremely limited.

Details

Friday 18 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9 – £9.00

Sold out!

Saturday 19 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9

Sold out!

Sunday 20 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9

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UK Premiere

Tania El Khoury (Beirut)

The Search for Power

Wednesday 16 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

110 Northwood Street
Birmingham, B3 1SZ United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Shubbak Festival. Commissioned by ANTI Festival & Shubbak Festival. Supported by British Council, Arts Council England & brut Wien.

60 mins (approx)
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Tania El Khoury, The Search for Power
Tania El Khoury, The Search for Power
On a night with a sudden electricity outage in Beirut, the artist and her historian husband promised each other to research the history of power outages in Lebanon. They went on a journey collecting documents. Some were simply not accessible. The paper trail led them to archives in five different countries. They reached as far back as 1906, when electricity was first introduced to Beirut. They found a transnational story involving businessmen, politicians, warlords, multi-national corporations, and colonial powers. They discovered traces of everyday acts of survival, resistance, and sabotage by workers and electricity users. They decided to trace their steps back and share it in an intimate gathering. The Search for Power is a lecture and installation performance inviting the audience to look into archival documents, inaccessible knowledge, and a personal quest for revenge.

Fierce Says

Tania was last at Fierce when we commissioned her installation 'Gardens Speak' in 2014 which became a major international success touring to 18 countries worldwide. Tania is a vital voice in contemporary theatre and we’re honoured to be partnering with Shubbak Festival to host the UK premiere of this unique, immersive story.

Details

Wednesday 16 October 2019

8.30pm

AE Harris

£15 – £12

Sold out!

Thursday 17 October 2019

8.30pm

AE Harris

£15 – £12

Sold out!

Friday 18 October 2019

8.30pm

AE Harris

£15 – £12

Sold out!

Saturday 19 October 2019

8.30pm

AE Harris

£15 – £12

Sold out!

UK Premiere

Begüm Erciyas (Berlin / Brussels)

Voicing Pieces

Friday 18 October 2019Sunday 20 October 2019

110 Northwood Street
Birmingham, B3 1SZ United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut London

30 mins
Details

In Voicing Pieces, your own voice is staged to become the protagonist. In the intimacy of an isolated sound booth, guided by a simple score, you become spectator of your own voice.

Aren’t our own voices always inauthentic and uncanny? Who is speaking, when your own voice speaks? Rather than recognizing yourself in the stranger, Voicing Pieces is an invitation to recognize the stranger in yourself.

‘It is a long journey, although it lasts only half an hour, which eventually brings you back home to yourself, to your own voice. And it will never sound the same again. Magical.’

– deMorgen

Fierce Says

A performance in which you become the performer, for an audience of yourself. This is a beautiful and unusual installation that we also found strangely empowering. Be sure to book quick as slots are extremely limited.

Details

Friday 18 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9 – £9.00

Sold out!

Saturday 19 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9

Sold out!

Sunday 20 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9

Tickets not on sale

UK Premiere

Tania El Khoury (Beirut)

The Search for Power

Wednesday 16 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

110 Northwood Street
Birmingham, B3 1SZ United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Shubbak Festival. Commissioned by ANTI Festival & Shubbak Festival. Supported by British Council, Arts Council England & brut Wien.

60 mins (approx)
Sold out
Tania El Khoury, The Search for Power
Tania El Khoury, The Search for Power
On a night with a sudden electricity outage in Beirut, the artist and her historian husband promised each other to research the history of power outages in Lebanon. They went on a journey collecting documents. Some were simply not accessible. The paper trail led them to archives in five different countries. They reached as far back as 1906, when electricity was first introduced to Beirut. They found a transnational story involving businessmen, politicians, warlords, multi-national corporations, and colonial powers. They discovered traces of everyday acts of survival, resistance, and sabotage by workers and electricity users. They decided to trace their steps back and share it in an intimate gathering. The Search for Power is a lecture and installation performance inviting the audience to look into archival documents, inaccessible knowledge, and a personal quest for revenge.

Fierce Says

Tania was last at Fierce when we commissioned her installation 'Gardens Speak' in 2014 which became a major international success touring to 18 countries worldwide. Tania is a vital voice in contemporary theatre and we’re honoured to be partnering with Shubbak Festival to host the UK premiere of this unique, immersive story.

Details

Wednesday 16 October 2019

8.30pm

AE Harris

£15 – £12

Sold out!

Thursday 17 October 2019

8.30pm

AE Harris

£15 – £12

Sold out!

Friday 18 October 2019

8.30pm

AE Harris

£15 – £12

Sold out!

Saturday 19 October 2019

8.30pm

AE Harris

£15 – £12

Sold out!

UK Premiere

Joseph Keckler (New York)

In Concert

Friday 18 October 2019Saturday 19 October 2019

Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street
Birmingham, B5 4TB United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome. This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

70 mins
Sold out
Jospeh Keckler
Vocal virtuoso, charming raconteur, master prose stylist. After recent shows at Lincoln Center, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris, Joseph Keckler makes his UK debut, performing an intimate evening of his work in concert form-- ecstatic art-pop songs and wild arias about daily life that spiral out towards the mythic. His three-octave range puts him at the peaks of highbrow culture, but he moves to popular styles without missing a beat. Here is a renaissance man who wears his brilliance lightly; with a wink and a smile, he gently lifts the soul. This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

‘Unnerving artistry… subversive… he hardly seems human.’

– Observer

Fierce Says

At the last Fierce Festival performer Erin Markey told us we had to book Joseph – and that’s a recommendation you’d be a fool to turn down! Joseph’s offbeat humour has earned him a cult following in the USA and we’re thrilled to present his debut UK performances at Fierce before he goes on to a run at London’s Soho Theatre.

Details

Friday 18 October 2019

8.30pm

Birmingham Hippodrome, Studio 5

£12 – £10

Sold out!

Saturday 19 October 2019

8.30pm

Birmingham Hippodrome, Studio 5

£12 – £10

Sold out!

UK Premiere

Doris Uhlich (Vienna)

Every Body Electric

Friday 18 October 2019, 6.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with MAC and DASH

70 mins
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Doris Uhlich

Credit David Kaplan

Doris Uhlich

Credit Theresa Rauter

Doris Uhlich

Credit Theresa Rauter

Every Body Electric is a simple, but radical invitation to explore potentials through dance, to make them visible, and to delve deep into an archaeology of energy. What other possibilities open up when machines – for example wheelchairs, prostheses, crutches – are regarded and staged as extensions to the body? Personal rhythms, dynamics, beats and bodily characteristics lead to unique dance styles. The explosive power, but also the gentle or forceful poetry of Every Body Electric ultimately rests in how the performers perceive their bodies and how they are perceived.

Choreography - Doris Uhlich Dramaturgy - Elisabeth Schack Performance - Yanel Barbeito Delgado, Adil Embaby, Karin Ofenbeck, Thomas Richter, Vera Rosner-Nógel, Winfried Zwanziger DJ - Boris Kopeinig Light and Stage - Gerald Pappenberger Costume - Zarah Brandl Press & Communication – Jonathan Hörnig Feedback - Yoshie Maruoka & Theresa Rauter Production - Margot Wehinger & Theresa Rauter International Distribution - Something Great thanks to Omar Gomez Hernandez und alle Assistent*innen der Performer*innen a co-production with Tanzquartier Wien, Schauspiel Leipzig & insert (Theaterverein) insert (Theaterverein) is funded by Cultural Department of Vienna and the Federal Chancellery of Austria

‘A production that is not warm and cuddly, but instead bristly and grating. Beyond the full-bodied, sometimes difficult to chew on. Beautiful because it has not been beautified.’

– Leipziger Volkszeitung

Fierce Says

Fierce loves techno and Fierce loves Doris Uhlich. We spent a great evening chatting with Doris and the performers of Every Body Electric post show in Dusseldorf, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks later when we still couldn’t stop thinking about the performance that we decided we had to bring it to Fierce. ++ Boris Kopeinig mixing the banging soundtrack live.

Details

Friday 18 October 2019

6.30pm

Midlands Arts Centre, Theatre

£16 – £14

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UK Premiere

Begüm Erciyas (Berlin / Brussels)

Voicing Pieces

Friday 18 October 2019Sunday 20 October 2019

110 Northwood Street
Birmingham, B3 1SZ United Kingdom
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Presented in partnership with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut London

30 mins
Details

In Voicing Pieces, your own voice is staged to become the protagonist. In the intimacy of an isolated sound booth, guided by a simple score, you become spectator of your own voice.

Aren’t our own voices always inauthentic and uncanny? Who is speaking, when your own voice speaks? Rather than recognising yourself in the stranger, Voicing Pieces is an invitation to recognise the stranger in yourself.

‘It is a long journey, although it lasts only half an hour, which eventually brings you back home to yourself, to your own voice. And it will never sound the same again. Magical.’

– deMorgen

Fierce Says

A performance in which you become the performer, for an audience of yourself. This is a beautiful and unusual installation that we also found strangely empowering. Be sure to book quick as slots are extremely limited.

Details

Friday 18 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9 – £9.00

Sold out!

Saturday 19 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9

Sold out!

Sunday 20 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9

Tickets not on sale

UK Premiere

Begüm Erciyas (Berlin / Brussels)

Voicing Pieces

Friday 18 October 2019Sunday 20 October 2019

110 Northwood Street
Birmingham, B3 1SZ United Kingdom
+ Google Map

Presented in partnership with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut London

30 mins
Details

In Voicing Pieces, your own voice is staged to become the protagonist. In the intimacy of an isolated sound booth, guided by a simple score, you become spectator of your own voice.

Aren’t our own voices always inauthentic and uncanny? Who is speaking, when your own voice speaks? Rather than recognizing yourself in the stranger, Voicing Pieces is an invitation to recognize the stranger in yourself.

Please not the venue of this performance has changed to what was previously announced. This performances will now take place at AE Harris.

Concept - Begüm Erciyas Realisation - Begüm Erciyas and Matthias Meppelink Dramaturgy - Marnix Rummens Live-operation - Eric Desjeux, Marc Melià, Begüm Erciyas Text - Matthias Meppelink, Begüm Erciyas, Jacob Wren Set Realisation - Tim Vanhentenryk, Lena Buchwald, Barbara Greiner Artistic Collaboration - Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias Production Management/ PR - Barbara Greiner Production - Begüm Erciyas, Platform 0090 Co-production - wpZimmer (Antwerp), STUK (Leuven), Tanzfabrik Berlin/Tanznacht Berlin Research support/residency - Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk), Q-O2 Workspace for experimental music and sound art (Brussels), FrankfurtLAB, Tanzrecherche NRW, Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa Supported by - Hauptstadkulturfonds Berlin

‘It is a long journey, although it lasts only half an hour, which eventually brings you back home to yourself, to your own voice. And it will never sound the same again. Magical.’

– deMorgen

Fierce Says

A performance in which you become the performer, for an audience of yourself. This is a beautiful and unusual installation that we also found strangely empowering. Be sure to book quick as slots are extremely limited.

Details

Friday 18 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9 – £9.00

Sold out!

Saturday 19 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9

Sold out!

Sunday 20 October 2019

12.00pm

AE Harris

£9

Tickets not on sale