Stephen Petronio Company in Merce Cunningham's Tread (1970) as part of Bloodlines. Photo: Ian Douglas
Stephen Petronio Company in Merce Cunningham's Tread (1970) as part of Bloodlines. Photo: Ian Douglas

In the Bloodlines series Stephen Petronio pays tribute to postmodern American choreographers, who inspired him during his career as a dance professional. To preserve these traditions, since 2015 the Stephen Petronio Company has also been presenting works by artists such as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, Anna Halprin, Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, who all have created dance languages that embody high degrees of artistic impact.

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Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas: À bras-le-corps. Photo © Christophe Raynaud De Lage
Boris Charmatz & Dimitri Chamblas: À bras-le-corps. Photo © Christophe Raynaud De Lage

The intensive, powerful duet of the French dancers Boris Charmatz and Dimitri Chamblas was developed in 1993, and today it is still considered a key work of contemporary dance. During À bras-le-corps the audience finds itself in a rectangular room, in a “boxing ring”. The first movements are slow and sculptural, but then the dancers explode into a very physical, powerful, fast choreography, occasionally interrupted by moments of total darkness, in which excerpts from Paganini can be heard.

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Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miekus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)
Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miekus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)

KONTAKTE '19 examines performative opportunities in electroacoustic music and brings together more than 20 premieres and over 120 artists from all over the world. The musical arc of the festival spans compositions from the sphere of the Feedback Studio Cologne in the 1970s to the “T.I.T.O. marathon” with a line-up of 14 of the world's most exciting turntablists. A central component of the programme features Berlin-based initiatives with international resonance.

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Les Levines, Magic Media – Media Magic, dedication of 04/03/1994, in: Wulf Herzogenrath Guest Book No. 15 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, and Wulf Herzogenrath, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Les Levines, Magic Media – Media Magic, dedication of 04/03/1994, in: Wulf Herzogenrath Guest Book No. 15 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, and Wulf Herzogenrath, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

As a curator, Wulf Herzogenrath has made a crucial contribution to the establishment of video art in Germany. In his archive highlights of video art and sculpture since the 1970s can be discovered. The exhibition “Magic Media – Media Magic” provides insights into this archive and shows works by Vito Acconci, John Cage, Lutz Dammbeck, Joan Jonas, Rebecca Horn, Nam June Paik, Bjørn Melhus, Marcel Odenbach, Sigmar Polke, Ulrike Rosenbach, Bill Viola, Raphaela Vogel, et al.

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Mary Wigman, Hexentanz, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Mary Wigman Archive. Photo © Charlotte Rudolph, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Mary Wigman, Hexentanz, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Mary Wigman Archive. Photo © Charlotte Rudolph, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

The Century of Dance
25 Aug – 21 Sept 2019

Exhibition

Dance archives in Cologne, Leipzig, Bremen and Berlin are showing unique centrepieces from their collections in a joint exhibition for the first time. Selected documents of Modern German Dance are placed into the context of a worldwide, international dance scene, which through projections of a hundred iconic photographs and film clips present themselves as a dynamic force field of body images and motion inventions in dialogue with the original objects.

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What the Body Remembers. Dance Heritage Today
24 Aug – 21 Sep 2019

Exhibition, Performances, Discourse

A look at the dance scenes of the 20th century shows how new body images, choreographic concepts and perception levels have evolved since the beginning of the century. With a programme series of more than 20 current dance productions, discussions and an exhibition the Akademie der Künste is set to become a research platform of dance heritage. The programme focuses on questions concerned with passing on knowledge of choreography and dance between generations.

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Thomas Florschuetz, Ohne Titel (Palast) 39, 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Thomas Florschuetz, Ohne Titel (Palast) 39, 2006 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Thomas Florschuetz.
Zwischenzeit

24 Aug – 3 Nov 2019

Exhibition

The photographer Thomas Florschuetz has dedicated himself to the fragmentary image of the snapshot, which oscillates between abstraction and concretion. A selection of large and small-format works at the Kurt Tucholsky Literaturmuseum at Rheinsberg Palace demonstrates how deep and multi-layered his photography can be and the limits of abstraction he exceeds.

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Les Levines, Magic Media – Media Magic, dedication of 04/03/1994, in: Wulf Herzogenrath Guest Book No. 15 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, and Wulf Herzogenrath, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Tuesday, 24 Sep
Talk about the exhibition

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Magic Media – Media Magic Wulf Herzogenrath and Guests I

The exhibition "Magic Media – Media Magic" shows art and documentary film material, written documents, sketches, photography and artist’s guest books, including works by Vito Acconci, Klaus vom Bruch, John Cage, peter campus, Lutz Dammbeck, Joan Jonas, Rebecca Horn, Nam June Paik, Bjørn Melhus, Marcel Odenbach, Sigmar Polke, Ulrike Rosenbach, Bill Viola, and artists featured in the edition Videoart at Midnight. Talk about the exhibition with Klaus vom Bruch, Mathilde ter Heijne and Olaf Stüber. In German.

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Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miękus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)
Wednesday, 25 Sep
Opening Event

5:30 pm

KONTAKTE ’19. Biennial for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art

KONTAKTE '19 examines performative opportunities in electroacoustic music and brings together more than 20 premieres and over 120 artists from all over the world. Festival opening with a long night honouring Feedback Studio Köln with works by Johannes Fritsch, Rolf Gehlhaar, Klarenz Barlow, Brigitta Muntendorf, Michael von Biel and Oxana Omelchuk.

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Photo: Akademie der Künste
26 – 27 Sep
Symposium

imagining music in 2052 – contemporary music in global contexts

As part of the Month of Contemporary Music, field notes and the Akademie der Künste Berlin will be hosting a two-day Symposium to reflect on intercultural cooperation, international networks, and artistic practices in global contexts. With an open meeting for experts in intercultural cooperation and with a focus on the contemporary music scene in the Balkans. Registration required.

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Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miękus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)
Thursday, 26 Sep
Festival

5 pm

KONTAKTE ’19. Biennial for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art

Day two of the festival KONTAKTE '19 features the premiere of the music theatre play Fluss (Stadt Land) by Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl, the performance Kontraklang (I) by Simon Løffler, the object concert D'un air instable by Laurent Bigot, a concert by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and a late night session by the Electronic Orchestra Charlottenburg.

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Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miękus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)
Friday, 27 Sep
Festival

5 pm

KONTAKTE ’19. Biennial for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art

Day three of the festival KONTAKTE '19 features the concert Berliner Lautsprecherorchester (I), the double portrait concert Progetto Positano 2019 by ensemble mosaik and the emitter night, a late night session by the label emitter micro.

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Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miękus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)
Saturday, 28 Sep
Festival

3 pm

KONTAKTE ’19. Biennial for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art

Day four of the festival KONTAKTE '19 features the award ceremony of the Thomas Seelig Music Award 2019, round-table discussions with selected artists of KONTAKTE, a concert by the German Society for Electroacoustic Music and a modular evening.

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Oscar Begas, The Destruction of Pompeii, 1852, 165,6 x 131,5 cm, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Art Collection
Saturday, 28 Sep
Archive Presentation

7 pm

Pariser Platz

Plenarsaal

Oscar Begas: The Destruction of Pompeii

The Akademie der Künste awarded Oscar Begas a fellowship to Rome in 1852, based on his monumental painting The Destruction of Pompeii. The work was severely damaged and put in storage during the Second World War. It returned to the Akademie’s art collection only ten years ago and has now been restored. Archive presentation with Wolfgang Cortjaens, Barbara Haussmann, Werner Heegewaldt and Anna Schultz. In German.

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Vinyl Terror & Horror. Photo © Krzystzof Miękus / Laznia CCA (T.I.T.O. marathon)
Sunday, 29 Sep
Festival

10 am

KONTAKTE ’19. Biennial for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art

The fifth and last day of the festival KONTAKTE '19 features the “T.I.T.O. marathon” with a line-up of 14 of the world's most exciting turntablists, a screening of the documentary From the Middle into the Future. Exploring Multimedia at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the closing concert KONTRAKLANG X KONTAKTE.

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