Madonna, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus - also with musicians* who stand for the openness of pop, we find mainly young, healthy, strong bodies in their music videos. Even if artists like Peaches, Adele, Lizzo, Missy Elliott or others counter this - either in their own physicality or through their choice of performers - bodies with disabilities continue to appear as deviations from the norm. This reflects in movement qualities: Movements are fluid or deliberately staccato, most of the times powerful and always controlled by an envisaged image. The bodies are symmetrical, stand upright and stage their own agility and elasticity. In "Contours”, these ideals are questioned by the bodies that inhabit it: bodies with disabilities. Asymmetry and mutual assistance are as much a part of the vocabulary of this video as the jointly celebrated slowness.
The project will be presented to the public on October 31, 2020. In a release party with about 30 guests and a live stream the video will be shown for the first time. In the context of the party, the visual artist Matilda Carlid will also present her exhibition "Grüße aus dem Spritzenland" and the performers Ariane Hassan Pour-Razavi and Daria Dominique Dönch will present performative works.
"Contours" got developed in the frame of Netzwerk MAKING A DIFFERENCE: SOPHIENSÆLE, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Uferstudios, tanzfähig, Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin, TanzZeit, Diversity.Arts.Culture and Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin. MAKING A DIFFERENCE is funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund paid from funds of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and Senate Department of Culture Berlin / Co-financing fund.
With support from the Impact funding of Senate Department of Culture Berlin, Uferstudios and PSR / Heizhaus.
Choreography: Juli Reinartz | In collaboration with Ariane Hassan Pour-Razavi, Daria Dominique Dönch, Liz Rosenfeld, Matilda Carlid, Michaela Maxi Schulz, Silja Korn, Simona Schubertová, Sophia Obermeyer, Tchivett, Teresa Erbach, Xiang Yun Fang | Music: Iftah Gabbai | Lyrics: Juli Reinartz | Cinematography: Imogen Heath | Camera Assistance: Mouna Abo Assali | Stage and costume: Juli Reinartz | Light design: Hanna Kritten Tangsoo | Technical assistance: Arnaud Lesage | Make-up and Styling by Nuria Heyck | Make-up Assistance: Sarah Wendt | Administration and PR: Michaela Maxi Schulz | Audio description: Emmilou Rössling | In collaboration with Silja Korn | Music description: Iftah Gabbai