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summer | main event
running from the 1st to the 30th of july 2023

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© petri summanen

b12 summer main event

location: eden***** studios & dock11


Annamari Keskinen & ryan mason

thar be dragons


this performance project is designed for around 15 people and lasts for 12 days (wednesday off). it will be presented alongside two other performance projects at dock 11, a theater in the center of berlin. annamari’s and ryan’s performance project runs from 12 - 23 july 2023.

12 july - 16 july: 13:00 - 16:30 at eden studios
17 july - 18 july: 13:00 - 16:30 at dock 11 studio
19 july: no rehearsal
20 july: 13:45 - 17:15 at dock 11 theater
21 july: 12:30 - 15:30 at dock 11 theater
22 july: 10:30 - 11:30 at dock 11 theater / 11:30 - 12:30 at dock 11 studio / 16:00 - 18:00 dress rehearsal at dock 11 theater with all three groups
23 july: 11:00 -12:00 feedback session at dock 11 studio or theater (tbd)

22 july: 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater
23 july: 16:00 - 17:30 & 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater

the application deadline is 28 april 2023.

particle accelerator

Thematically, our work will explore the boundary lines of abstraction and representation through shifting proximities of sound and imagery. It is the materiality of sound and bodily illusion, where the materials extend into each other, qualities blending into a warm, detailed fuzz where a specificity, without definition, is created. The reverberations and echoes left over are singular and leave space for the interpretation of the spectator. The starting point of our work comes from the individuality of the people we work with - who they are, how they think, how they feel, and how they move with this. A significant part of this process is getting to know each other. From there, we create the artwork. Our working process places the performer in a state of heightened attention, open and responsive to the different effects cohabiting the space. Placing the mind and its attendance to different states that are enlivened by images or sound leaves us with the question of what xxxx feels like. What does thinking feel like?

Annamari Keskinen, born in 1985, is a Finnish performer and choreographer, and one of the founding members of dance theatre company Thar Be Dragons. for The last 18 years, Annamari has been working internationally in the field of dance. Her professional career consists of over 60 productions, including her own choreographic creations. Annamari’s staged works live within sustained psycho-physical spaces, suspending both audience and performers in states of contrast, pathos, empathy, and reflection. In her works and teaching, she draws upon her experience as a choreographer and performer to guide participants through multilayered states of research and performance. Her recent inquiries in movement research explore psychological and physical attunements within intense atmospheric and sonic topographies. 'At the center of my artistic work, resesarch and performance is vulnerability and what it means to embrace it and breathe with it. I am endlessly inspired by the oscillations of the approach and withdrawal and transcendence of this place; where the vibrating edges within ourselves soften and fold into each other.'


Ryan Mason is a choreographer, performer, and teacher based in Helsinki, Finland. In 2018, he co-founded, with his partner, Annamari Keskinen, Thar Be Dragons - a dance theatre platform for research, education, and performance. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography, in 2007. His work is a detailed approach often involving layers of sustained improvisational states within movement and psychological parameters. Ryan searches for enigmatic situations, taking them apart to look at them— for their absurdity, as well as for their sensory possibilities. Ryan danced with the José Limón Company, in NYC, later joining the company of Johannes Wieland at the Staatstheater Kassel, in Germany. There he also served as rehearsal director for two years. Ryan has been choreographing and teaching at higher-level institutions and workshops throughout Europe and North America, such as Springboard Danse Montreal, Hubbard Street Pro, SEAD, NYU Tisch, Anton Bruckner Privatuni, among many others. Ryan is currently working towards his MA in Choreography at TeaK, University of Arts Helsinki.


thar be dragons

Thar Be Dragons is a platform for theatrical dance research, education, and performance, created by Annamari Keskinen and Ryan Mason in 2018. The company functions as a platform for both choreographers to create and present their collaborative and personal works. Their research explores notions of subconscious communication, revealing dense and sometimes unseen intimacy between the layers of our inner landscapes. Their staged work shifts between rapid changes of mood, sustained states of tension, and layered imagery, often encircling themes of death, the unknowable, the paradoxical, borders, silence, light, the mystical, and the quotidian.



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