Sisyphus In Violent Torment (Jahman Davine)
Jahman Davine stands in front of a large white projection screen As in a dream, when one cries out for help, Davine is only able to communicate in nonsensical muted whimpers. In the beginning, much like the format of a TED talk, the screen visually supports Davine’s somewhat desperate attempts at communicating with the audience. He is trying to share information about the absurd history of the voyager program, two real space probes sent by NASA to explore interstellar space, both of which carry with them a 12-inch golden phonograph record that contains pictures and sounds of Earth. However, This relationship between Davine and the screen is quickly infected by an intensely chaotic audio/visual design, flickering images and atonal music.
By & with: Jahman Davine
Dramaturgy: Laura Cancellieri
Sound Design: Andrew Stark
Video Art: Alexander Windner Lieberman
Original Music: ODD + Andrew Stark
Videographer: Seán Gallen
Associate Choreographer: Edith Buttingsrud Pedersen
Makeup: Annalena Schumacher
Visiting Dramaturge: Michelle Myers
Supported by Theaterhaus Mitte Berlin
Davine’s productions walk a formal tightrope between chaos and order, using philosophy and mythology to investigate themes of social ideology, fantasy and taboo. His work seeks to engage the audience’s collective cerebral and physical responses to time, space and causality composition. By counterpointing poetic text, visual art, spatial design, color and light, theme, myth and music to the performers’ bodies, Davine aims to create a total audience experience. In this way, he endeavours to define a new form of performing arts, one that stands independently from other art forms to offer the unique possibility of an extraordinary group experience, influenced by the historic human necessity for tragic celebration, ritual and cathartic connection.
Acker Stadt Palast in Berlin's Mitte district is a place where established artists and newcomers meet to experiment and reflect upon contemporary discourses. The focus of the venue, established in 2012, is on the connection between contemporary dance and new music. Acker Stadt Palast offers the independent performing arts community a novel interface between these art forms while also being interested in diverse aesthetic forms of dance and theater.
Acker Stadt Palast is the venue of the registered association Freie Bühne Mitte (Independent Theater Mitte). The members are theater makers, musicians, actors, theater technicians and academics working within the humanities who have been responsible for the schedule of programming and operation of Acker Stadt Palast since the summer of 2012. The theater's survival is ensured by an indefinite rental agreement with the residential and cultural project Schokoladen - a unique situation for a cultural project located in Mitte.
In 1990, artists squatted the former chocolate factory on Ackerstraße, where they opened a bar and theater. They organized concerts and readings and quickly gained a large, loyal audience. Between 1993 and 2013, there was a bitter fight with the building's new owner which was finally resolved in 2012 with the continuation of the project thanks to the support of the Berlin Senate and an exchange of property.