We have always sought to enhance our bodies with technology and to compensate for deficiencies: Pacemakers and hearing aids, chips and smartphones – there can no longer be any talk of science fiction scenarios here. Finally, in the cyborg’s body, boundaries between body and technology dissolve: Biological and technological materials blend. “This Thing I Am” by Berlin-based choreographer, performer and researcher Martin Nachbar regards itself as a possible encounter with what we would have been possibly in the future, as he puts it. Trade magazine “tanz” categorises the staging for three performers as an “entertaining test arrangement”, with constant self-optimisation and expansion of bodies at its core.
Martin Nachbar, born in Düsseldorf, has been developing choreographies, walks and dialogue with a large number of artists for years, among them “Repeater – Tanzstück mit Vater (Dance Piece With Father)”, “Urheben Aufheben (Originate Abrogate)” and “Animal Dances”. Apart from a number of teaching assignments, he is currently working on a format aimed at amateurs with company Dance On.
Duration: 55 Min.
Artistic Management: Martin Nachbar; Dance, Choreography: Sunniva Vikør Egenes, Benjamin Pohlig and for Düsseldorf Zoe Knights instead of Lisa Densem; Costumes: Marion Montel; Light: Bruno Pocheron; Stage: Marion Montel, Martin Nachbar, Jeroen Peeters; Management: Susanne Beyer. www.martinnachbar.de
A production by Martin Nachbar, coproduced by Sophiensaele Berlin. Funded by the Regierende Bürgermeister of Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten. In cooperation with Milchhof, Uferstudios Berlin und Höllen-Sprudel.