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“It [GWD] is a good way to get in touch with the themes of water through feeling rather than through intellect.” Audience member, Berlin

Water Locale

Spree River and Canal Systems

Audience Site

Insel der Jugend ~ Area of Bundespressestrand ~ Humboldhafen and Hauptbahnhof


Berlin is a “Water City”, with the Spree and the Havel as the main rivers. The huge canal system gave Berlin also the name: “Little Venice”. The audience site points out some of the significant characters of Berlin: Insel der Jugend, a little island in the waters as a part of a recreation park in the former East of Berlin and the area around the new Main Station of Berlin, core of the new urbanity of the City, park and party locations at the Spree River.

The Choreographers

  • Eva Blaschke
  • Katrin Geller
  • Kersten Pfaff
  • Heike Kuhlmann
  • Sibylle Günther
  • Kerstin Reinhardt

The Music

Composer Henry Mex and local musicians

The Performance

The three groups did different rituals on three different sites on the water: one group with water-bottles and drinking, one with giving water over to each other using little pots, one with washing cloths directly in the river Spree. On the way away from the ritual-starting place we dealt with different themes of water like: drying out fields and dying plants, using water for machines in industry and the streaming actions of water in the city, that connect people. When we were connected we used the global water dance material to create the dance and took parts out of it that fit. Our composer dealt with making the music fit to the modern place in front of the main station. The last part we did in four directions; inspiring the audience all around us to join.

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