The Broken Promise

Photo: Felix Claßen

The Broken Promise, 2020

“Life on earth is such a good story you cannot afford to miss the beginning… Beneath our superficial differences we are all of us walking communities of bacteria. The world shimmers, a pointillist landscape made of tiny living beings.”

Lynn Margulis

Recurring migratory birds, the tides, captured sound waves; THE BROKEN PROMISE tells of strolling, listening, collecting and processing. In a laboratory-like process, the participating artists developed different paths and channels of communication that became own narratives. Childhood memories, live reports and fictional narratives get entangled with musical algae, reeds and water basins to form a sounding network, an imagined habitat.
In the current time when traveling is not as easy to realize, the acoustic live stream bridges the spatial distance by means of sonic simultaneity. Together and in different places in Europe, the protagonists examine invented, built-in or unrealizable approaches to so-called nature, to water and its inhabitants. With THE BROKEN PROMISE, Miriam Jakob is continuing her artistic research into the (im)possible and sometimes contradicting levels of relationship between the species. If we consider humans as a complex community of many different organisms, the question of living together arises in a new way.


Concept, idea: Miriam Jakob, Felix Claßen | Choreography, performance: Signe Lidén, Maija Karhunen, Zeina Hanna, Camilla Vatne Barrat-Due, Miriam Jakob | Dramaturgy: Maja Zimmermann | Costume, set design: Charlotte Pistorius | Light design: Annegret Schalke | Outside Eye: Arantxa Martinez, Ana Laura Lozza | Production: Leoni Grützmacher/ehrliche Arbeit – freies Kulturbüro | Thank you to Doreen Kutzke

Premiere 16.-18. October 2020

Duration: ca.60min

Funded by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Tanzfabrik Berlin