SODA LECTURES I On Decision-Making. A lecture and seminar series 

Composing is about decision-making: about strategies and rules, about making-sense and letting go of it again; about raising one’s voice, about the promise of being-together. In artistic processes, it unfolds between determined matters and hidden protocols and questions the elements and conditions that we ground our actions in. 

Next to relying on what seems available and desirable, possible and established, decision-making opens up to what is not yet given, not probable and still unknown. It opens up a process that does not primarily - or not necessarily - aim at fixation, affirmation or rigid form but measures out the relation between bodies, in ever changing formations. 


The lecture and seminar series gathers an international and trans-disciplinary group of artists - choreographers, sound and visual artists, filmmakers, and writers - to address the politics and poetics of decision-making. Grounded in their respective artistic and body-centred practices, they explore technical, affective, corporeal and discursive, ethical, political and social elements that drive their compositional choices in both, individual and collaborative work.


24.10.2018 I Adham Hafez and Manuel Pelmus I two lectures & a dialogue I  info
24.10.2018 I -cancelled- Dr. Didem Pekün: United Nothing: The ‘inarticulacy’ of Images in Representing Atrocities I info
07.11.2018 I Dr. Tom Tlalim: Noise-Control-Noise: The politics of composition I info

21.11.2018 I Dr. Natasha A. Kelly: Milli’s Awakening. Black Women, Art and Resistance I info

16.01.2019 I Ivana Müller: Body, Text, Collective - Choreographing the Imaginary I info

06.02.2019 I Paz Rojo: Dancing its do I info


Curated by Prof. Sandra Noeth (MA SODA) 

The lecture series takes place in english, it is organized by the MA-program SODA (Solo/Dance/Authorship) at the Inter-University-Center for Dance Berlin (HZT); it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Wednesdays 6pm at HZT I Studio 11 I Uferstudios I Wedding Uferstraße 23 I 13357 Berlin

SODA WORKS 2018 | Final works in MA Solo/Dance/Authorship
©Evgenia Chetvertkova
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After two years of artistic and theoretical research at the HZT Berlin, the students of the MA Solo/Dance/Authorship will present their final works at the end of the year. During their master's studies, they dealt with questions of solo (performance), collaborative processes and composition within contemporary art practice.


22 + 23 November

7 pm I  Nicola van Straaten: i'm haunting you now 

8:30 pm I Olympia Bukkakis : Tales From a State of Shemergency

29 + 30 November

7 pm I Mineralwasser Kollektiv: 
Sneak Preview. Short works from next years emerging artists.

8:30 pm I Liadain Herriott: 
The Last Ten Yards

7 + 8 December

7 pm I Michiyasu Furutani
: 18
8:30 pm I  Evgenia Chetvertkova : C O

For “C O” a registration in advance is obligatory. Book the appointmentist here


14 + 15 December

7 pm I Mmakgosi Kgabi : The Shape of Emotion - language is a shape, music is a shape, it is the shape.
8:30 pm I Mariana Nobre Vieira : Graduation Piece

                                        + Party with DJ marum


Free Admission to SODA WORKS.
Studio 14 I Uferstraße 23 I 13357 Berlin

Mmakgosi Kgabi I 14.+15.12.2018 I 7 pm I Studio 12
The Shape of Emotion - language is a shape, music is a shape, it is the shape

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“The Shape of Emotion - language is a shape, music is a shape, it is the shape.” Mmakgosi Kgabi 


Lefatshe je/ Ke le tshelang/ Le nkisa dinaleding/ Le ha tsela e mpalela/ E nkentsha dikeledi/ Ga nkitla ka lo latlha/ Ke tla lo atlarela ka diatla
- HHP 1980-2018 


This is an invitation which urges you to listen, as well as you know how, to all that follows. Allow yourself to see what is made visible and what is made (in)visible by the body/voice which is both here and not, all at the same time. An invitation to look at language as a dance of mimicry. A choreography of the shaping of words. 


A concerted effort from research observing the emotional effect of language on my body in various context; the operational tactility of language in various context; the emotional peculiarity of insertion of various languages in my mouth. 


In conversation/collaboration with: TRVΛNIΛ, Nicolas Berge, Yaone Kgabi, Lenya Kgabi-Berge, Tobias Pürfurst, Catalina Fernandez, Flupsi, Gen Eickers, Litò Walkey, Sophia New.


Mmakgosi Kgabi, born in Botswana, is a trained actress, dancer and choreographer. In the Berlin scene she has worked with Constanza Macras, Jeremy Wade and Ligia Lewis. Her first Solo work “Shades of a Queen” has been shown in festivals in New York, Zagreb and Marseille. In 2015 her second Solo work “Color me B-” was supported by Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. Her work often interrogates the premise of identity and nationalism, revisiting themes on the Black Female Body Politics and Migration.



Free Admission to SODA WORKS.

Studio 12 I Uferstraße 23 I 13357 Berlin

Mariana Nobre Vieira I 14.+15.12.2018 I 8:30 pm I Studio 14
Graduation Piece
    + After Party with DJ marum

©Alípio Padilha
>©Alípio Padilha

Congratulations, it’s your graduation!

A graduation can be:
1. the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma.
2. the action of dividing into degrees or other proportionate divisions on a graduated scale.
3. a mark on a container or instrument indicating a degree of quantity.


So what are you graduating from or even into? As a future graduate in Solo Dance Authorship I have set out to curate this moment of doubt and hereby invite you for a celebration of the twilight zone that emerges from questioning dictionary notions of degrees and divisions. Are you ready?


Mariana Nobre V.I could be framed as a former economist who in 2013 took a performative turn into contemporary dance, becoming a founding member of The Rabbit Hole artistic collective and working in the queer nightlife and performing art scenes of Lisbon. This Graduation Piece is a consequence of my interest in generating situations where performativity is also activated by subjectivities other than my own.




Concept: Mariana Nobre V.

Performance: Carrie McILwain, Clay Dresser, Katrine Staub, Lara Anais Martinez, Vilja Mihalovsky, Collective Mineralwasser
Light and Stage Design: André Uerba
Costume and Stage Design: Judith Förster
Sound Design: DJ Marum, Federica Fluxx
Video: Federica Fluxx 
Dramaturgical Support: Diego Agulló
Mentors and tutors: Alice Chauchat, Sandra Noeth, Siegmar Zacharias Special
Thanks to: Rabbit Hole, Maximilian Stelzl, Nikola Pieper, Stephan Kostropetsch, Rhys Martin, all my colleagues of SODA 1 and SODA 2


Free Admission to SODA WORKS.

Studio 14 I Uferstraße 23 I 13357 Berlin

Ivana Müller I 16.1.2019 I 6pm
Body, Text, Collective - Choreographing the Imaginary

©Bernhard Müller
>©Bernhard Müller

In her lecture Ivana Müller will take the idea of “invisible” as a point of departure, and speak about the practices of choreographic and theatrical writing as processes through which we reveal and deal with different kinds of invisible(s). How are theatrical and social representations related to the invisible processes build through collective and individual imagination? How is an artist choosing material tools in order to shape the immaterial? Where do imaginary and invisible meet. What do we really share in theatre? How to work on structures that are not telling us what to think but open the fields of new points of view. Using the examples from her own work Ivana Müller will talk about how a stage work emerges through the invisible processes that have been at work between performer/spectator, stage/backstage, sound/image, text and body. 

Biography Ivana Müller is a choreographer, artist and author of texts. Through her artistic work and practice she re-thinks the politics of spectacle and spectacular, re-visits the place of imaginary and imagination, questions the notion of « participation » and “collective”, investigates the idea of value and its representation, and keeps on getting inspired by the relationship between performer and spectator. Croatian born, Paris based award winning artist, Müller has been creating and performing work for the last 15 years in the international dance/theatre context and occasionally in the visual arts frames, amongst others at Venice Art Biennale 2015. Ivana Müller equally curates artistic and discursive encounters and lectures at, amongst others, Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam, School For New Dance Development, Amsterdam, Institute For Applied Theatre Studies Giessen, Université Paris 8, P.A.R.T.S. Brussels etc.


The lecture takes place in english, it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Studio 11 I Uferstraße 23 I 13357 Berlin

Paz Rojo I 6.2.2019 I 6pm
Dancing its do

©Paz Rojo
>©Paz Rojo

In this lecture and seminar, I will discuss the use of scores with a particular focus in dance as the matter-movement of the not-yet. How to commit to the future (what is not yet)? In movement there is nothing to pursue since what one follows responds to a potentiality that is contained already in the present. What is at stake here is a kinetics that lacks perspective. Or a dis-scoring. A way of working with scores, whose main function remains, however, indeterminate. Untraceable. Forgetful. Almost non-documentable. And yet, equivalent to the incorporation of a knowledge, which does not imply a desired end, but rather the opportunity to question, forget and transform the purpose or end to which it is directed at. Let’s say that the moving body could ignore the purposes which it is supposed to serve, demonstrating the potentiality of its function: the body is a living instrument, which although it is more or less obliged to be aware of what it must serve, chooses, however, to serve itself. 

Biography Paz Rojo (Madrid 1974). Choreographer and dancer who is currently a phd candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm (Sweden) with the research project "the decline of choreography and its movement: the subaltern pathway". Investigation in which she seeks for a dance’s mode of subjectivation outside the performance value situated in the current dynamics of immaterial labor and neoliberal logics. With a broad trajectory and linked to various institutions, self-organized contexts, exhibition frameworks, educational programs and independent initiatives in Europe and Latin America, this research includes the solo creation "whatever moving like this" (2011); the collective performance experiments "Inaugural Action" (2011), “The Gerries by Gerry” (2012); the video-essay "DANCISMO" (2014); the essay “what are we talking about when we talk about dancing through a destituent plane of perception? and the performance ECLIPSE : MUNDO (2018). Artistic director of the festival "What can a body do?" (La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2014-2015). She initiates and facilitates the collective research contexts: "ASSIM NÃO, PERO CÓMO?", (LOTE, Sao Paulo, 2017); "[CAMPO # 1] choreographing dissidence" (Teatro Pradillo, Madrid 2014); "What if we let go of being (artists)?" (La Casa Encendida, Madrid 2013); "A piece ... together?" (Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Vienna 2010-2011) and the itinerant laboratory "choreography: a problem to practice" (Madrid, Barcelona,​Sao Paulo, Vienna, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Brussels, Moscow, Stockholm and Mexico City 2011-2017).


The lecture takes place in english, it is free of charge and open for all interested. 


Studio 11 I Uferstraße 23 I 13357 Berlin