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summer | main event

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

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b12 summer main event



b12 participants work out and research ideas with a choreographer in order to present them in a performance setting. the pieces are then presented at dock 11.


Joy Alpuerto Ritter // Bret Easterling // gabrielle nankivell

performance projects


dates (dock 11 theater)



The theater hall is located at ground level in the second courtyard. It is accessible via a step that can be bridged with a ramp if necessary. Due to current renovation work, which is expected to last until September 2023, there is currently no barrier-free toilet available. Severely disabled persons who require accompaniment will receive a free accompaniment ticket. Unfortunately, it is not possible to book the accompanying ticket online. Please book your ticket online and send an e-mail to dockart@dockart-berlin.de for the accompanying ticket. We will then provide the accompanying ticket. People in wheelchairs or with other physical or cognitive impairments who need assistance, we ask for prior registration by email at dockart@dockart-berlin.de.
Unfortunately, there are no disabled parking spaces near DOCK 11.


Joy Alpuerto Ritter

former dancer with the Akram Khan Company


Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg, in Breisgau, Germany. In her youth, she was trained in ballet, jazz, philippine, and polynesian folk dance, and graduated at the Palucca School in Dresden, Germany, with a dance diploma. She started working as a freelance contemporary dancer in and around Berlin, with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Heike Hennig, Yui Kawaguchi, and Wangramirez. during this time, she expanded her repertory in Hip hop dance styles and was active in this community in europe. In 2011 she joined Cirque du Soleil as a dancer and aerial artist for the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. Since 2013 she has been touring as a dancer and rehearsal director of the Akram Khan Company and has been nominated as outstanding female dancer (modern), for the Performance Until the Lions, by the National Dance Awards UK. Since 2016 she has found international response as a choreographer and creates works for film and own dance theatre pieces. Her signature is finding an interesting fusion of movement vocabulary that comes from different cultural backgrounds. Following her internationally acclaimed solo BABAE (selected for Aerowaves 2020) and award winning piece OZ - the magic in us, Joy’s body of work develops as she leads on the direction of collaborative cross-pollinated performances with an array of talented artists and creatives like Akram Khan, Chen Shi-Zheng, Viviana Durante, Gideon berger and Floria sigismundi.



In the years of her experience as a professional dancer, Joy has developed a unique movement language, which is inspired by different cultural contexts. That versatility is the core of her choreographic work. Within the B12 performance project creation, Joy will be working with different techniques, such as elements of contemporary dance and styles of urban dance forms. Her main focus lies in transformation, character work, and the strength of unity. The movement language is precise, detailed, playful and physical. rhythm patterns and musicality is also an important element in the physical research. In her work, Joy likes to embrace the differences of individuals, but is also interested in common desires, struggles, and hopes of human beings.




Bret Easterling



bret easterling is a dance artist, creator, producer, and educator based in los angeles, california. he received his bfa and the hector zaraspe prize for choreography from the juilliard school, and was a formative member of andrea miller's gallim dance. after graduation, bret moved to tel aviv to join ohad naharin’s batsheva dance company, where he danced for seven years. during his time in israel, he became a certified gaga teacher and an ilan lev method practitioner. bret is currently on faculty at usc’s glorya kaufman school of dance, and stages naharin’s repertory at collegiate dance programs and professional dance companies around the world. he was recognised as a choreographic fellow at the inaugural ann & weston hicks choreography fellowship at jacob’s pillow in 2018 and was an artist in residence at la dance project in 2019. bret is the artistic director of the non-profit bemoving, an organisation dedicated to building communal environments for the research, development, and dissemination of dance works and movement practices. he is also the co-creator of the ghost light residency, a program which grants dance-theatre artists, from historically marginalised communities, the opportunity to further their craft inside of proscenium theatres of the greater los angeles area.


on second thought

This dance work will be mostly an improvisational structure that the dancers traverse through with differing outcomes. It will be presented as real-time research that features dancers confronting and filtering through their decisions inside of the act of dancing, ultimately arriving at new, unpredictable places. the compositional framework is set, letting the dancers and their physical materials be the variables that allow for multiple solutions to be presented. With the dancers coming from a variety of social, cultural, and geographical backgrounds, this work will celebrate how their unique histories live differently in their bodies and amplify their creative voices. This piece, built on presentness, will therefore feel alive and be filled with surprises as the dancers commit to challenging their instincts.




gabrielle nankivell

choreographer & performer - artistic collaborator with maxine doyle


gabrielle nankivell is an acclaimed australian artist. her atmospheric performance works and immersive projects are known for their vivid choreography, attention to detail and evocative combinations of the mundane and the bizarre. recognised as a leading independent, also commissioned by highly regarded dance companies and cultural organisations, gabrielle's work has been widely presented across australia, europe and asia in theatres as well as unique halls, galleries and open-air venues across armenia, andalucía and regional australia. recent works include wildebeest and neon aether for sydney dance company, carbon field with 40 dancers of the queensland ballet & adc and surge for dancenorth for the 2018 commonwealth games. in 2024 gabrielle worked with maxine doyle as artistic assistant/co-choreographer on her new work fifteen minutes for nederlands dans theater 2 and premiered kaleidoscope, a new work for ql2 dance in canberra. as a performer gabrielle has worked with australian dance theatre, alexander baervoets (be), chunky move/gideon obarzanek, gavin webber/regurgitator, jurij konjar (slo), maxine doyle (uk), the farm, thomas steyaert (be), raul maia (pt) & ultima vez/wim vandekeybus (be) amongst others. she is currently performing in salamander conceived by maxine doyle & es devlin. gabrielle is part of the artistic team at australasian dance collective.


Our Impermanent Universe

A succession of slow blinks revealing constantly shifting patterns of thought and action
Like heart beats in glass jars
Or fireworks in outer space
The ethereal, the un-pin-down-able, the just beyond our grasp…
A personal mythology built from collective experience
Enchantment, haunting, madness and magnetism
An instruction manual for new rituals.

Thought patterns are one of the main ingredients in dancing so doing dancing together is a great opportunity to see some pretty interesting people think. Let’s dance think together to build a performance of process and product – a snapshot of concrete impermanence – a place for weird, ugly, beautiful, wildness.





b12ers can get tickets at a reduced ticket price (10 euro)!


bret easterling // on second thought


maxine doyle // winner


joy alpuerto ritter // oculus




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