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sungrazers / invited artists

b12 brings you companies and guest artists who will present their work here at the festival. we like the idea of exhibiting pieces of theirs, allowing the workshop participants to gain a different perspective on their work and introduce them to berlin audiences.

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lali ayguade


Unknown Land

Unknown land. Distorted times. Two humans. Are they living in the past? Or is the past living in them? How can you find yourself in an unknown temporality; where you don’t know what is past, what is present? What is left to do when you are lost... if not playing with what you have at hand and trying to find company along the way.


Artistic Director: Lali Ayguadé
Performers: Lali Ayguadé & Lisard Tranis
Music composer: Miguel Marin


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Lali Ayguadé was born in Barcelona in 1980. She joined the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona, the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona for dance in 1996 and after a year, decided to train in PARTS, Belgium. After her training, she joined Publik Eye Company in Denmark, directed at that time by Carmen Mehnert. In 2003, Lali joined the Akram Khan Company. She has worked with Roberto Olivan, of the Enclave Dance Company, in the production, and with Hofesh Shechter. She also worked with Marcos Morau, from La Veronal, in the piece Portland, and with the contemporary circus company Baró d’Evel, In 2015, she created two short duets, Incognito and Saba. In 2015, she created her first full-length work, Kokoro. Later on, she did Iu an Mi, and the last one was Hidden, that just won a prize premis butaca 2021 for choreography. In 2020, she created a duet caleed Gizaki together with Akira yoshida, which was nominated for best choreography in Premis de la crítica. In 2010, she was nominated as Exceptional dancer for the Critics awards of London, and in 2014, as Best Creator. In 2016, she was also nominated as Best Dancer for the Recomana.cat Critics awards in Barcelona. She starred the short movie, TIMECODE, which was awarded with the Palme d’Or at Festival de Cannes, the Goya Award, the Gaudi Award, and was nominated at the Oscars 2016, among others. In 2021, lali won the prize premis butaca as best dancer.




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thar be dragons - annamari keskinen & ryan mason


eternal return

Eternal Return is a strange ride. Imagine being able to view your entire life from any vantage point. What if you could observe your older self through the eyes of your youth or watch yourself from the perspective of a houseplant in the dusty corner of your childhood living room? This performance dives into the topic of alternate perspectives of life from a place of humor and great seriousness. Set in an otherworldly waiting room, we watch as one deals with trials and tribulations of a predetermined experience. In this uncanny space, a story unfolds and refolds in on itself stumbling through an ineffable existence from multiple viewpoints. Thar Be Dragons’ production, Eternal Return is a full-length evening work drawing inspiration from concepts of eternal recurrence, a concept that the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space. This philosophical science fiction focuses on bending the perception of time by warping everyday movement into extreme physical states to expose deeper layers of the psyche.


Direction and concept: Annamari Keskinen
Performance: Ryan Mason, Annamari Keskinen, Meriheini Luoto
Music composition and sound design: Meriheini Luoto
Text: Annamari Keskinen, Ryan Mason
Sound design: Kaj Mäki-Ullakko
Light design:Jukka Huitila
Set design: Aino Koski
Production: Jojo Oulun Tanssin Keskus, Thar Be Dragons
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Alfred Kordelin
Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Dance All Year
Long, Shawbrook Dance, Tanssin talo


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Thar Be Dragons is a platform for theatrical dance research, education, and performance, created by Annamari Keskinen (FI) and Ryan Mason (USA) in 2018. Here, both choreographers bring their professional experience and individual artistic vision into collaboration. Their work 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. Thar Be Dragons presented their first full-length work, Dying Animals Don’t Feel Sorry For Themselves at the Kaiku Club in Helsinki in 2018. They have been commissioned to create work for the Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Braunschweig, and Hubbard Street Pro.




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