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‘tourist’ is a strange visitor to the world of contemporary dance. Three performers invade theatres, audiences, impossible
landscapes, imagined territories with humour and resilience, finding themselves
out of place and unsettled. The English-German co-production brings slapstick,
loud costumes, impossible magnetisms and large black holes onto the empty space
of a stage. ‘tourist’ invites the imagination of the audience to colour in what
can’t be seen.
Since 2008 Gabriele Reuter is developing Solo works that investigate the development and
exchangeability of imaginary and real spaces. Tourist – a de-centred play is a first translation
of this research into a group process.
During the process the 3 main performers Julieta, Jane and Gabriele were joined by guest
performers Janina Rajakangas, Susanne Martin, Gabriel Galindez Cruz and
Ayara Hernandez-Holz who then subsequently alternated in joining the piece as the fourth
performer on stage.
With their participation these 4 artists have immensely shaped the process as whole and the
role of the guest in particular, each of them leaving a trace of their personality within the piece.
"TOURIST" premiered at Uferstudios Berlin in September 2010 as part of "Perfect Wedding"
Festival of Tanzfabrik Berlin, and shown at Idans Festival Istanbul and
Nottdance Festival 2011/ Cultural Exchanges DMU Leicester.
Concept/ Direction: Gabriele Reuter
Choreography & Dance: Julieta Figueroa, Jane Leaney, Gabriele Reuter
mit Gästen/ with guests: Janina Rajakangas, Susanne Martin, Gabriel Galindez Cruz, Ayara Hernandez-Holz
Costume Design: Judith Adam
Lighting Design: Wassan Ali
Voice Coach: Alessio Castellacci
Sound Technician: Mattef Kuhlmey
Dramaturg: Michael Pinchbeck
Production Manager: Steffen Döring
Gabriele Reuter (director & performer) is a dance artist based in Berlin and Nottingham. She studied contemporary dance and Arts Management in the UK before creating her own works in collaboration with other dancers, photographers and musicians since 2001. As part of the Tanzplan Deutschland artist-in-residence scheme at fabrik Potsdam in Germany developed the interactive dance piece Relay with choreographer Donatella Cabras and media artist Barret Hodgson. Her first solo Inventory/(Räumung) premiered 2008 at the nottdance festival in Nottingham and was shown internationally. In 2009 Gabriele was part of the Europe in Motion choreographer’s exchange at Springdance Festival Utrecht.
Jane Leaney (performer) trained at London Contemporary Dance School and has worked in the field of Theatre and Dance for several years. She has worked for more traditional companies as The National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company, diverting to Site Specific and Interactive Theatre from companies like Punchdrunk and The Clod Ensemble. Whilst working at The National Theatre Jane was trained by Handspring Puppet Company and went onto perform in the West- End hit ‘Warhorse’. Jane met Gabriele while dancing for Choreographer Rick Nodine and both are part of a collective ‘Neat Timothy’ (Improvisation in Performance). Jane also leads workshops and classes and is currently teaching Performance Studies at London Contemporary Dance School.
Julieta Figueroa (performer) - Born in Santiago de Chile. Between 1994 and 1998 she studied Drama at Universidad de Chile, in Santiago de Chile, where she participated in several theatre, TV and film productions and as a dancer for the Elisabeth Rodriguez Dance Company. Since 2002 she lives in Berlin and has worked since then as training assistant for several of Alexander Stillmark´s national and international theatre projects. In March 2009 she finished her Choreography studies at Ernst Busch Hochschule Berlin and works as a choreographer for Theatre and Opera, as well as a dancer in Berlin and London and in Santiago de Chile as an actress in short and long feature films. She is also developing her own works in Berlin.
Judith Adam (costume designer) was born in Northern Germany.
She studied fashion design at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Following the traditions of Bauhaus, the University of Arts made it possible for her to follow an alternative and wide-ranging field of study with interdisciplinary cooperations.
In 2004 started an intensive collaboration with choreographer Tim Plegge. Together they developed the project “Hinter Glas” for the BAT Studiotheater in Berlin, followed by “Jetzt falls wir nicht” (Kunsthaus Tacheles Berlin, 2005), “Pathfinders.Lost. (Theater Regensburg, 2006), “Synapsenschwärmer” (Theater Kiel, 2006), “Speak volumes” (Staatstheater Stuttgart, 2008). “Sonett XVIII” is the current work with the Staatsballett at the Komische Oper Berlin.
She sees herself as a storyteller, who tells stories by clothing bodies.
Since 2004 Judith Adam also works as costume assistant and costume designer for opera. She designed for example the costumes for “La Bohème” (Theater Aachen, 2006) and “L’Elisir d’amore” (Oper Bonn, 2010).
This is her first collaboration with Gabriele Reuter.
Wassan Ali (lighting designer) was born 1977 in New York. She studied Theatre and Event technology at the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm, and worked at a number of theatres in Stockholm.
Since 2003 Wassan is based in Berlin, and is freelancing as a light designer and technician for contemporary dance. In 2008 she did film lights for the documentary "Working on it" by Karin Michalski. Wassan filmed for the exhibition "To this end, it is not enough" by Malin Arnell in 2009 and has worked as a camera assistant. Recent work: lights for Martin Nachbar "Urheben/Aufheben", Ciupke/Cash "from the other side..." and Gabriele Reuters "Solo". In the fall 2010 she is working with the new project of Gabriele Reuter, as well as with Martin Nachbar.