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Home office performers at work

March 2020 - the first lockdown. Artists are starting to reproduce themselves on the web. But is it even possible to create new art via the stream? Is it possible to dance with each other at a distance? DIS°DANCE film documents this historical situation and experiments with its possibilities - it shows four artists in a dance home office: Taneli Törmä in Copenhagen, Ingo Reulecke in Berlin, Neus Barcons Roca in Brussels and Karen Bößer in Duesseldorf.

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Four camera angles set up creating a work of art

Four performers at four places were formed up to one ensemble with the help of an equipment case sent by post service. Under the direction of Karen Bößer their movements were captured by Zoom- and the cell phone cameras, by body cam and with the help of the auto-follow-mode. With a lot of pleasure and humor, poetry and technique, they reflected the lockdown situation and experiment with its possibilities. What emerges from this makes you want to break predetermined limitations in everyday life.

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DIS°DANCE film is an attempt to overcome boundaries: Boundaries of the spatial, of the physical, of communication, of physical intensity, of empathy. The four performers made the most of the constrictions of the lockdown - they worked with it.

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The abstract narrative flow is complemented by documentary scenes of rehearsal, informal exchanges, laughter, and the eternal struggle with the given technology. Bößer took seriously the artists' "home stage" that became digitally ubiquitous during the weeks of Lockdown and she has questioned these new shared working conditions.

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About the makers

Director Karen Bößer performance and photography Karen Bößer, Taneli Törmä, Ingo Ruelecke, Neus Barcons Roca Music Supervisor and Film Score Thomas Klein aka Sølyst Editing Dirk Dietrich Hennig Art Director Karen Bößer & Dirk Dietrich Hennig Public Relations Jacqueline Friedrich Production Management Petra Prahl, Jacqueline Friedrich Social Media Strategy & Branding Laura Jil Beyer Graphic Design & Web Development Jan Bashaijha Mwesigwa Production karen-boesser-projects Copyright 2021 karen-boesser-projects

It is the first time Karen Bößer works with this ensemble. The renowned choreographer has produced pieces that have been presented at numerous national and international theaters and festivals. She has worked with dancers and choreographers in USA, Hungary, Uganda, Netherlands and Japan. The film is also the filmic debut of Dirk Dietrich Hennig, a concept artist who has managed to weave the different narrative planes into an experimental work of art. Musician and composer Thomas Klein aka Sølyst has created tribal beats that either complete the atmospheric moods, break or alienate them.


Production: karen-boesser-projects

For inquiries and picture material please contact Petra Prahl

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