Transformance is a video-event-work that activates and documents a five-month durational performance. Over this period of time, Nina Kurtela establishes a daily practice of visiting and witnessing the changes at the building site of the Uferstudios, Wedding, Berlin, as the old warehouse becomes a new dance institution. What unfolds is an 8-minute work with multi-faceted implications. The body is rendered a statue through the changes of time and as she witnesses the construction, the camera witnesses her.
The artist is present at the birth of Berlin's new contemporary dance centre, an institution that will certainly come to play a part in shaping and organizing the city's dance community. Every day she stands there in the middle of bricks and machines as a silent live statue overseeing the process.
Duration: 8 minutes
Venue: Teater Katapult
Workers/performers: Alf Chojnacki, Roy Thorsten, Ingo Kowalski, Ingo Becker, Danny Heine, Jens Stein, Christopher Liebke, Silvio Flücken, Jens Gorkast, Holger Wegner, Andres Müller, Anatoli Weber, Hans Rogalski, Siggi Gröschke, Maik Richter, Lothar Schulze, Olaf Herrmann, Marc Riedel, Mike Nielebock, Steven Grüner, Holger Knuth, Marco Ebert, Steffen Ritter, Peter Bittner, Jürgen Pfeifer, Jens Bleschschmidt, Jan Leeb, Roland Simchen, Michael Schönfeld, Thomas Weissner, Christow Hering, Udo Rennebarth, Heinz Herlitz, Marysia Zimpel, Gilad Ben Ari, Isabelle Schad, Franz Anton Cramer, Martin Sonderkamp, Hanna Sybille Müller, Barbara Friedrich, Eva-Maria Bakardjiev, Felix Mathias Ott, Anat Eisenberg, Dmitry Paranyuskin, Andrej Mircew, Mara Nedelcu, Michael Norton, Justin Fracis Kennedy, Sasa Kovacevic, Milka Djordjevich, Dragana Bulut, Jessica Taylor, Janja Sesar, Ligia Manuela Lewis, Marija Merkwelt Ivosevic, Ivana Vuksic, Barbara Greiner, Lito Walkey, Ehud Darash, Alexander Baczynski-Jenkins, Maya Dalinsky, Eric Green, Kattrin Deufert og Thomas Plischke
Granted by: HAVC Zagreb
Supported by: UFERSTUDIOS Berlin, HZT Berlin