Inventory/ Räumung (2008)

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In this solo, a performer explains her world in word and gesture. She opens invisible doors, explores empty places and uncovers forgotten corners. Blending text and movement with philosophies on time and space, Inventory/Räumung investigates the process of continuous listing, defining dance and the space in which we dance. Charming, humorous and honest, this piece is a personal journey across a completely empty stage.

“A true discovery” -Martin del Amo/realtimearts

“unpretentious & self-ironical” – Birgit Schmalmack/Hamburgtheater.de


Choreography/Performance: Gabriele Reuter
Dramaturgy: Michael Pinchbeck
Light: Wassan Ali
Music: Simon & Garfunkel, Johannes Batesaki
Length: ca. 35min
supported by Dance 4, Tanzfabrik Berlin & Phorms School Berlin Mitte

Inventory/(Räumung) was developed in 2008, during two residencies at Dance4 in Nottingham and Tanzfabrik Berlin

Michael Pinchbeck on `Inventory/ (Räumung)´

“This is the space where I tell you something personal. I have worked with Gabriele Reuter as a dramaturg on Inventory/(Räumung) and we talked a lot about space. The space between her hands. The space between her and the audience. The space between her in the studio making the piece and her in the performance space now. The space between the process and the product.
Räumung  translates into English as something like a house clearance and this is a fitting analogy for the way in which Gabriele empties the space for us. Unpacking and demystifying the preconceptions of performance codes we sometimes bring with us into the seats in which we sit. ‘Before I start I want to talk a little bit about the spatial arrangements here’ she says when we arrive.
Props, text, political and cultural thinking are all laid bare in the same way Peter Brook did in the seventies – except they are not there. Brook said ‘I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage’ (Brook 1968). What Gabriele does is take a bare stage and call it an empty space. In doing so, she excels in problematising and itemising a space’s extraordinary potential as material.
This is a space for the dance that talked about the thing she just said. This is a space where the dance talks and the space understands. This is the space between me and you. This is the space where I tell you something personal.”

Performance History

Dock 11, Berlin
spring loaded at Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place, London
Moviemiento6 Festival, Teatro Camino, Santiago de Chile
nottdance08 Festival, Lakeside Theatre, Nottingham (UK) Premiere
Tanzfabrik, Final work in progress showing, as part of Tanzfabrik “Sommerresidenzen”
Kaltstart Theatre Festival, Hamburg –  K73
Preset, Dance 4 Studio, Nottingham, Residency showing
Dance4 sharing platform, Sandfield Theatre, Nottingham
BAT Theatre, Hausmontag, Ernst Busch Hoschschule, Berlin