Currents of Breath

Photo: Phil Dera

Currents of Breath, 2022

Currents of Breath is an experimental performance format situated at the intersection of choreography, sound art, and bodywork workshop that engages with the connections of human and more-than-human rhythms and temporal frames determined by breath. Together with breath practitioner and dancer Lisa Densem, sound artist Signe Lidén, choreographer and performer Su-Mi Jang and sound artist and musician Felix Claßen, choreographers Miriam Jakob and Jana Unmüßig have produced an installation that leads through an archipelago of experiential layers, sounds, and breathing practices. The sensory deep-listening experience of oceanic rhythms and temporal layers is confronted with a collective somatic perceptual praxis. As part of the series “SENSE – Geografien der Wahrnehmung” (“SENSE – Geographies of Perception”, Radialsystem), there arises a participatory and experimental space for listening and thought, where breathing together can be experienced as a physical and imaginative force.

In the new programme series “SENSE”, Radialsystem explores power relations within a geography of perception. Employing the perspectives of choreography, visual arts, music and workshop formats, “SENSE” investigates an embodied practice of sensory perception in four programme foci until summer 2022. The programme series likewise addresses the question of how the trauma of a pandemic has affected and continues to affect our senses. The double meaning contained in the title of the series – “sense” denotes both sensation and sentiment – invokes and challenges the distinction between thinking and feeling – or theory and practice – common in the Western Enlightenment tradition of knowledge.

SENSE – Geographies of Perception

A project by Miriam Jakob & Jana Unmüßig with Felix Claßen, Lisa Densem, Su-Mi Jang and Signe Lidén.

Concept, idea, performance: Miriam Jakob, Jana Unmüßig | Choreography, Performance, breath work: Lisa Densem | Performance: Su-Mi Jang | Sound Installation, Performance: Signe Lidén | dramaturgical adviser, soundcollage: Felix Claßen

Premiere 26.-28. February 2022

Duration: ca.120min

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the programme NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland as well as by the Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung /gkfd. With the kind support of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

„The Tidal Sense“ by Signe Lidén is supported by OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

“SENSE” is a series of events by the Radialsystem, funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Supported by the Radial Foundation.