Dance + Artist Talk mid-life crises Nir de Volff life love

Sa. 31.03. 19:00->DOCK 11 EDEN*****, Prenzlauer Berg

Retrospective Improvisation following 'Love & Loneliness in the 21. century'

Nir de Volff / TOTAL BRUTAL performs a sincere solo and opens a dialog over mid-life crises in Berlin, with dance, text and original music. The solo travels between the deep, serious & the nonsens. What does a midlife crisis mean for a man in оur society? Alisa Tretau invites the audience members transform into the performer and discuss the creative process.

1 'Love and Lonelness in the 21. century'. Inspired by a quote from Albert Camus: 'There is no love of life without despair of life'. Foto © Jan Boeve2 Alisa Tretau, freie Dramaturgin und Produktionsleiterin

With the help of three simple rules, the audience members transform into the theater makers of the evening. Now, in a constant exchange between the panel and the audience, a retrospective, improvised discussion can take place: what were the rehearsals like, why were certain decisions made? Did the project change society, was a new aesthetic created? Collective, what was seen will be appropriated and speculatively further developed.

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7:00 pm – Performance
After the show -  8:00 pm - Retrospective Improvisation
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wann: Sa. 31.03. 19:00

wo: DOCK 11 EDEN*****
Kastanienallee 79, Prenzlauer Berg, 10435 Berlin (Auf Stadtplan zeigen.)

About the venue

Dock 11

The factory level of Dock 11 in Kastanienallee in Prenzlauer Berg is a rehearsals room, teaching studio and dance stage in one. The stage programme has interdisciplinary supplements such as theatre, performance, literature, music, visual art, film and club art – however the main focal point of every performance is on purely dance elements. Together with its other premises in EDEN***** in Berlin-Pankow, Dock 11 has established itself as an important part of the Berlin dance scene. The unique combination of teaching, rehearsal and stage generates an exciting change of perspectives in both the artists and pupils, as well as among the audience.  (source:



About the dance-performance solo

love & loneliness in the 21. century

A dance-performance solo about a man living in Berlin captured within a midlife crisis. In the spot light, a masculine body performs. By doing so, it encapsulates a plethora of life experiences, memories, lovers, regrets, mourning, and the loss of time. It is a body full of contradictions, disappointments, injuries and scars.The protagonist will use surrealistic comments on his own complex reality, in order to induce heavy moments with ridiculous-meaningful moments. With naked truth, the performer honestly peels layer after layer of his emotional-physical lack of welfare unfolds.Choreographic and textual narratives, displaying the complexity of aging and reflected through the individual(the micro) onto the society we live in (the macro), a society that hasn’t stopped worshipping youth since the times of classical Greece. With authenticity, “love & loneliness in the 21. century” will present a sincere one man show. 



About the artist

Nir de Volff

Nir de Volff was born in Israel, where he studied dance and started his first steps into the local professional companies. In Tel Aviv he was a guest performer for Pina Bausch’s ‘Viktor’ at the Israeli Opera House. In 2000 he moved to Amsterdam and started doing his own work. In 2004 he moved to Berlin and created his first piece for Sophiensaele Tanztage festival. Nir de Volff collaborates with artists such as the group She She Pop at HAU Berlin, Theatre director Falk Richter at Schaubühne Berlin, Katarina Niminnen at  3. Stock Volksbühne and with Fouad Muhamed (Cairo). De Volff creates international cultural exchange projects, mixing social-political subjects with entertainment values. De Volff’s new production can be seen at the prestige Austrian festival Wiener Festwochen 2016.

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