Bee Dances presents the first collaboration by the Indonesian choreographer Ninus and the Berlin-based choreographer Kareth Schaffer. Moving into the digital realm as a livestream at the end of February 2021 for reasons familiar by now, Bee Dances is an embodied exploration of what cultural exchange can mean in postcolonial times. How are different dance techniques inscribed in the bodies of the six dancers—from Indonesia and Europe—and how do flows of physical knowledge spread around the globe? Bee Dances maps the interconnections between contemporary dance as is often performed in Berlin and traditional Indonesian dance techniques, tracing their interrelations through a series of interventions, interviews, reconstructions, and new choreographies.
Artistic direction: Ninus, Kareth Schaffer | Performance: Tatiana Mejia, Vilja Mihalovsky, Ninus, K.S. Gitaswari Prabhawita, Kareth Schaffer, I Putu Wibi Wicaksana | Music: Klaus Janek, I Wayan Gede Purnama Gita & Kemala Entertainment | Production: Marius Mailänder, Ruth Onduko | Publicity: Michael Tsouloukidse | A production by Ninus and Kareth Schaffer, funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe – Project Funding, the International Co-Production Fund of the Goethe Institute, and Tanzfabrik Berlin.
With the kind support of the Berlin Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Lenggang Pertiwi and Ketut Rahayu.