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summer | main event

running from the 1st to the 28th of july 2024

© by Karl-Heinz Krauskopf


© Julian Mommert / showing assistant Dario Minoia

b12 summer main event

location: eden***** studios & dock11


Oleg Stepanov

dance and movement researcher | former dancer with tanztheater pina bausch


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this performance project is designed for around 17 people and lasts for 13 days (tuesday off). it will be presented five times alongside two other performance projects at dock 11, a theater in the center of berlin. oleg's performance project runs from 9 - 21 july 2024.

9 july - 15 july: 9:00 - 12:30 at eden studios
16 july: no rehearsal
17 july: 9:00 - 10:30 at dock 11 theater / 11:15 - 13:00 at dock 11 studio
18 july: 9:00 - 12:00 at dock 11 theater / 13:00 - 14:45 at dock 11 studio
19 july: 9:00 - 11:00 at dock 11 theater / 12:30 - 14:15 at dock 11 studio/ 16:00 - 18:00 dress rehearsal at dock 11 theater with all three groups
20 july: 12:30 -13:00 possible feedback session at dock 11 theater
21 july: 12:30 -13:00 possible feedback session at dock 11 theater

19 july: 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater
20 july: 15:00 - 16:30 & 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater
21 july: 15:00 - 16:30 & 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater

new: if you are interested in us booking housing for you during the time of the performance project as well, indicate that in your application. please understand that we have limited housing available.

the application deadline is 28 april 2024.

another sorts of little deaths

the creations i facilitate are usually focused on the body and space. at the centre of the creation are human beings, their complexity, and inconsistency. i always try to see and maximise potential of the people that i create with, to bring starting ideas and to set vectors and directions, while still being open to unexpected mutations and turns. my experience shows me that within the time and place in which we create, the relation between people’s involvement and the concept that our bodies constantly reflect world’s events and carry the imprints of history and contemporaneity, will arise something more unique than if i, alone, insisted on my limited perspective. the only place where i'm persistent is in emphasising the polarity and polysemy of things that we explore. i like to play with the ranges, each time trying to look at something in all of its complexity and inconsistency, and directing the viewer towards sensations and curiosity, and internal journey. thus, the piece that we create together is a mosaic, a kind of constantly moving and transforming substance. humor coexists with sadness, illusion with reality, poetry with politics, fullness with emptiness. the creation process is initially based on improvisation and research and moves towards composition and choreography; it includes aspects of theatrical and performance practices. i try to arrange a playful space, without judgment and prejudices; one that's open to failures and numerous attempts to tame what's found.

oleg is a dance artist and choreographer. his first education lies in the field of physics. oleg actively facilitates dance research practices, creates music and cinema. for 7 years, he has been a dancer in tanztheater wuppertal pina bausch. before that, he danced in gothenburg dance company for 3 years. he has collaborated in original creations with choreographers/directors, such as dimitris papaioannou, saburo teshigawara, sidi larbi cherkaoui, alan lucien oyen, richard siegal, bobbi jene smith, constanza macras, uri ivgi & johan greben, and others. oleg's choreographic language and method is based on the observation of the body in space and space in the body. in particular, oleg sees the movement as a synthesis between the architecture and biomechanics of the body and a sensitive, and sensorial, inner journey. in his creative work, it’s important for oleg to assume and envision that the body is endowed with qualities of the subject and the object simultaneously, and that it exists in spacetime among pure potentialities and a multitude of choices.


Dario Minoia

Dario Minoia is a southern Italian dancer who received his modern and contemporary education at Codarts University of Arts in Rotterdam, graduating in 2015. He continued living in the Netherlands and joined Scapino Ballet Rotterdam where he had the chance to work with choreographers like Marcos Morau, Felix Landerer, Itamar Serussi Sahar, Maciej Kuzminski, among many others. He moved to Sweden in 2020 and joined Skånes Dansteater in Malmö. During his time there, he had the possibility to collaborate with makers such as Jo Strømgren, Anouk van Dijk, Tero Saarinen, Heidi Vierthaler, Fernando Melo, among many others. He has been leading various workshops such as 'Dance for Children and Youth', 'Dance for Parkinson' and 'SWOP Dance Club'. Since 2023, he relocated to Switzerland and joined Ballett Basel as a new member of the ensemble.


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