With I love everyone I know!, director, dancer and Michael Laub student Astrid Endruweit will be showing a multi-layered and profound work at Dock 11 Berlin from 26 – 29 January that explores the creative power of young children and reflects their inner world through words, music, painting and movement. Afterwards, she shows the highly acclaimed installation Woman with Cake. The fear of dying without having given birth.
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Open your eyes – this is the world! The creative child at play, discovering everything around him for the first time – his own body, nature – the absurdities of our society. Being someone – in the simplicity of things and without arrogance. How much art is there in creation by children’s hands and in children’s words? Is there a sense here, a beat that we have forgotten in our adult habitus? With the multidisciplinary performance I love everyone I know!, which celebrates its premiere on 26 January at Dock 11, director, dancer and Michael Laub student Astrid Endruweit presents a multi-layered and profound work that deals with the creative power of small children and reflects their inner world through words, music, painting and movement. Together with ballet dancer Greg Zuccolo, pianist and sound composer Alexander Nickmann, tenor Valentin Bezençon and author and performer Andreas Müller, Endruweit slips into the role of his own children. The result is a dance-theatrical, childlike canon of art that brings the originality of a just-awakening consciousness onto the stage without intention or calculation of the result – and makes it possible for the audience to experience it.
Video and sound recordings by Endruweit’s daughter herself, among others, serve as models. Original, musically free works, such as a piano composition by an 18-month-old child, but also voice-exploring baby songs and nonsensical parent-child dialogues, detached from the intimate, familial moment of their creation, are played back by the professional adult parents and performers, who also enter the space of their own childhood and memories.
The five performers also try to understand and impulsively and creatively recreate the dance desire and motor inquisitiveness of children to make use of their own legs and arms and the unplanned choreographies that arise in the process, with their long since grown-up, formed and clocked bodies.
“ICH MÖCHTE, DASS DER UNGLAUBLICHE SCHATZ, DEN KINDER PRODUZIEREN UND FÜR DIE MAN IM ALLTAG OFT ZU WENIG NERVEN HAT UND MENSCHEN OHNE KINDER VIELLEICHT GAR NICHT MITKRIEGEN, AUF DER BÜHNE LEBEN KANN. MICH INTERESSIERT AUCH, OB ZUM BEISPIEL EINE INSTANT COMPOSITION EINES 18 MONATE ALTEN BABYS AM KLAVIER, ALS ABSTRAKTE MUSIK AUF DER BÜHNE FUNKTIONIEREN KANN.”,says Astrid Endruweit about I love everyone I know!
Musician Alexander Nickmann adds: “I am just completely confused when I play the notated music of small children. There is absolutely no recognisable system to it, at least not any previously known musical one. It’s more like a physical structure hidden behind it – dedicated to exploration, enjoyment and coincidences.” I love everyone I know! picks up where the video installation Frau mit Kuchen (Woman with Cake), first shown at Kampnagel in 2007 and highly praised by the press, left off. Die Angst vor dem Sterben, ohne geboren zu zu (Fear of Dying Without Giving Birth) by Endruweit, in which she figuratively and dancily explored the themes of wanting children, desire, ageing and dying. Six men dancing in their living room formed the prelude to the videos back then. Four men, in turn, form the core of the current performance, detached from the usual gender tradition.
The video installation Woman with Cake. The fear of dying without having given birth will be shown again and following I love everyone I know! at Dock 11 from 26 – 29 January 2023.
“I CAN ALREADY COUNT UP TO TWO, UP TO THREE, UP TO FOUR, UP TO FIVE AND UP TO TEN.
BUT YOU HAVE TO TEACH THEM ALL THAT
OTHERWISE THEY GET ANGRY AND WE DON’T WANT THAT AT ALL.
SO HELP EVERYONE
IT’S MY SALVATION
I LIKE EVERYONE
SO EVERYBODY HAS TO DO WHAT THEY WANT”.
Chestnut Avenue 79
Thursday, 26 to Sunday, 29 January 2023
Fri-Sun, at 7:00 pm