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Down to Earth

Claire Vivianne Sobottke: “Velvet”

With “Velvet”, Claire Vivianne Sobottke uses a series of hybrid portraits in three variations to search for the poetic and irrational, which eludes fixed categorizations due to its ambivalent nature. On view: „Velvet“, „Velvet – L’animale“ and „Velvet – Branches and fire – Improvisation“.

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“For me, the idea of the wilderness is very important: I see it as an expression of an unknown territory that doesn’t follow human rules and where non-human forces and beings are at play. And this territory may not only be found outside in nature – it also exists within the mind.” Claire Vivianne Sobottke sees her work as a place of resistance which makes it possible to change normative patterns of thinking and seeing. She is fascinated by the becoming of the body in sensual, choreographic processes. Her work “Velvet”, which she will present in the context of “Down to Earth”, follows these stipulations – the rhythmic choreography unfolds in a garden, a landscape of earth, stones and plants with live music by Tian Rotteveel. Here, Sobottke embarks on a passionate exploration of the turbulent history of the female body and deconstructs alienating notions of female identity and sexuality. With “Velvet”, which premiered at the 2019 issue of Tanz im August at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, the Berlin choreographer uses a series of hybrid portraits to search for the poetic and irrational, which eludes fixed categorizations due to its ambivalent nature.

Choreography / Performance / Concept Claire Vivianne Sobottke
Composition / Music Tian Rotteveel
Arrangement / Répétiteur Ignacio Jarquin
Trombone / Trumpet Hilary Jeffrey
Horn / Trumpet Abigail Sanders
Percussion Almut Lustig, Sabrina Ma
Spinet / Harmonium Tian Rotteveel
Room Clementine Pohl, Claire Vivianne Sobottke
Production Simone Graf

Velvet – Branches and fire – Improvisation:
With Maria F. Scaroni, Moss Beynon Juckes, Angela Munoz Martinez, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Hillary Jeffrey, Sabrina Ma, Abigail Sanders, Tian Rotteveel and Almut Lustig

“Velvet” was initially realized with the light design of Catalina Fernandez
Outside eyes were Sheena Mc Grandles & Jared Gradinger
Guests: Maria F. Scaroni, Ingrid Müller Farny, Shelley Etkin

Thanks to: Moss Beyon Juckes, Angela Munoz Martinez, Alexander Nieuwenhuis, Caitlin Fisher, Heizhaus Berlin & PSR Collective, Berliner Festspiele for generously supporting this special version of “Velvet”

“Velvet” is a production by Claire Vivianne Sobottke.
Coproduction: Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Life Long Burning – Towards a sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe.
Supported by: PACT Zollverein.
Funded by: Capital Cultural Fund, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) in the frame of the Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin