Updated: Nov 4, 2019
dancethroughberlin is a Weekly podcast About my experience in Berlin’s dance scene. I had this idea of starting a podcast to share what is like, for me, to be a freelance dancer and emerging choreographer in Berlin.
My first thought was to talk about the dance freelance scene in general. What is Bárbara´s experience here, and touch subjects like, dance training, workshops, performing and watch performances, open calls, auditions, collaborations, funding, renting studio spaces, etc...
But! This felt like too much to talk about all at once. I first needed some structure. I decided, for this first series, to focus on the Berlin dance scene and my experience discovering it!
Where I go to watch dance performances? What is going on in Berlin at the moment? What are the Berlin artists focus on? What is the Berlin audience interested in? How do I feel?
And now, more than ever! It seemed the best moment to start since I am also one of the dance watcher for the watch me dance 2019.
“Watch Me Dance is a joint campaign of the Berliner venues that show contemporary dance. The aim is to give the art section dance a much stronger visibility in the stage landscape of Berlin and to invite the audience. Here, the focus is on the diverse range: Around 30 stages show 1,400 dance performances per season.” source: watch me dance facebook page.
And has dance watcher we are:
"two dance and social media-enthusiastic Berliners who have the time and desire to visit a dance performance every evening (every single evening!) parallel to our campaign WATCH ME DANCE in Berlin this November. What happens when you dive into the Berlin dance scene for 30 days? Happiness, exhaustion, unexpected artistic experiences?” source: watch me dance, dance watcher open call.
In short, the first series would be about the Berlin dance scene and my experience watching dance performances for 30 days in a row! For the next step I would like to get even more personal and share more of you guys as well, maybe have some guests and approach more of the topics listed above.
I think this is a great opportunity for newcomers to get a sense of Berlin’s dance scene and for the ones that are here longer, maybe they can reconnect and discover a new perspective.
Last but not least, I would like to point out that I am not here to lecture anyone. I just honestly want to share my experience as well as know what you (berlin dancer, artist!) think, so please listen to Podcast, comment and leave your feedback.
This is completely new for me, and I am so happy to share it with you, I hope you guys enjoy it!
I can’t say more for now as I don’t know what will happen. I am really excited and curious. Stay tuned! See you next time!
Art by Ruby Bouwmeester inspired by @chirstiandirksfoto photo of @shewhodances.