In a four-week research residency in June 2023, Fia Neises worked with three research partners on different dimensions of assistance and interdependence.
With choreographer and dancer Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, she explored how the audience can playfully assist the performance through collectively performed audio descriptions. In exchange with ‘crip pleasure activist’ and dancer Tanja Erhart, Fia focused on two topics from a dramaturgical perspective: On the one hand the erotic, intimate potential of moments of assistance and on the other hand the influence of relations of dependency on the physical experience of the disabled, queer body in public. Together with Aerial Silk trainer and performer Irene Giró, they develop a teaching method for Silk training that meets their needs within the spectrum of neurodivergence and sensory disability. They also explore the question of performativity within their teaching dynamics.
Following and based on this research and in co-production with Making a Difference, Fia Neises presents her first production under her own artistic direction With or without you. It will premiere in September 2023 at Uferstudios Berlin:
Co-production: WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
September 14 – 16, 2023, 20:30
September 17, 2023, 17:00
Admission and Access Intro start 30 minutes before the beginning of each show
Uferstudios für zeitgenössischen Tanz, Berlin
You squeeze my hand right before the steps begin.
We dance together after the hospital calls.
You lead me, hands holding, are we on a date after all?
I say thank you and you ask: What for?
Intimacy is the ungraspable feeling of warmth, eroticism, vulnerability or tenderness. It can mean familiarity and discomfort at the same time.
Access for us, the crip community, means being ourselves. In the society we live in, we must allow intimacy in moments of assistance with both fleeting strangers or loved ones. “Access intimacy” is the term for this specific connection that Mia Mingus, disabled, queer writer and activist of color, has gifted us.
In WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, the disabled dancers Fia Neises and Irene Giró invite the audience into spaces of “access intimacy”. They will disrupt prevalent habits of seeing, hearing and time. And while lifting themselves up into the air, they will surrender to the illusion of independence. Accompanied by musician Jana Sotzko, they generously share stories of ambivalence and intimacy in assistance. Those who wish can participate or otherwise witness with pleasure.
- Relaxed Performance
- Early entrance with support by Access-Friends
- The dance performance is based on a dramaturgy for blind and visually impaired audiences. An additional audio description does not exist, as everything that happens can be experienced without sight.
- There will be German and English Overalltitles. Overalltitles means that the spoken word appears in written form everywhere in the stage set. Improvised moments and interactions with the audience will also appear in Overalltitles.
- For interactive moments, communication assistance (DGS-spoken language) will be provided.
- Further information on accessibility of the show and the location can be found at www.uferstudios.com.
artistic direction/performance: Fia Neises silktraining/ performance: Irene Giró live music/audio description post-production: Jana Sotzko concept and voice from the off: Saioa Alvarez Ruiz dramaturgy: Tanja Erhart artistic co-creation: Liv Schellander Dramaturgical support for aesthetical accessibility: Ari Althaus, Xenia Dürr, Stefanie Heller, Silja Korn, Rita Mazza, Zwoisy Mears Clarke, Nina Mühlemann, Miles Wendt production management: Agnieszka Habraschka/Anne Rieger (Making a Difference) technical direction: Lola Tseytlin stage design: Lea Kissing light design: Gretchen Blegen costume: Xenia Taniko overalltitles: Maria Wünsche film documentation: Tanja Brzaković photo documentation/promo photo: Xenia Dürr communication assistance: Florian Köhler public relations: Gina Jeske (Making a Difference) Access Friends: Angela Alves, Saioa Alvarez Ruiz, David Bloom, Tanja Erhart, Anna Hege, Marie Neises, Pauri Röwert, Katharina Senk/Senki
A production by Sophia Neises, supported by the Making a Difference network in cooperation with Uferstudios. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Community / IMPACT funding.