During a residency at the Lake Studios Berlin in June 2020 I asked colleagues to send me a dance of theirs that I would learn, audio describe and add to a growing archive of described dances. The dances that I received exist as words and texts and as shared body memory. They can be listened to or read on paper. They can be transmitted or learned and circulate until they grow into something else that needs a description of its own. 

This first dispatch includes works by FIA Neises, Anna Nowicka, Isabel Lewis and Vincent Riebeek. They are delicate and funny, making up for weird combinations and unexpected trajectories. And most of all they are a great reminder that dance can be at the most beautiful when it extends beyond the visual. 


The readings of the descriptions were recorded at a shared evening with Jessy Tuddenham on the 26th of June at the Lake Studios. 


Transcripts of the Archive of Described Dances
1st Dispatch (Anna Nowicka, Isabel Lewis
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„When all the lights in the empty theater are lit, a white sheet with the word ‚FIN’ comes down from above. The end! Applause! In this last image of an empty theater, in which lights are switched on only to emphasize the emptiness even more, there is something unbearably sentimental - but in the face of current political changes and terrifying cultural policy there is also a sinister element in it. I might be abusing my subjective perspective here however. After all, the last inventory is not a goodbye to the the building Olimpia - nobody is going to break or destroy it (for now). The stage is still working. Duncan, Krezel and Rößling perfectly show that each end gives a chance for a new beginning. I would like to add: and vice versa.“


Stanislaw Godlweski, Didaskalia Theatre Magazine, December 2017