Uferstudios 14
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin
Photo: Rachel Keane and Gretchen LaBorwit_edit_Akin_Cloud

Long & Wild

Performance · Premiere by Makisig Akin, Anya Cloud
In the frame of Emerging Change Prologue

“Long & Wild” is a durational experimental dance performance that creates a queer context for being intimately together through multiple shifting worlds where grief, transformation, and love intersect. It will be part choreography, part party, part funeral, and part community conversation. What if dance performance can simultaneously be time travel/communion/habitat/ritual that cultivates togetherness between audience and performers? “Long & Wild” aims to be an unruly overload of pleasure and critical inquiry that straddles and queers dominant notions of violence, care, pleasure, play, and gender.

In 2021 - 2023, Makisig Akin and Anya Cloud created three distinct choreographic works, individually and collectively, titled “Give me your heart. No, the real one.”, “Everything Deserves to Breathe”, and “We Are (nothing) Everything”. Within “Long & Wild”, they re-enter the material of these works through the intersections of grief, transformation and love. What happens when survival meets fantasy?

Accessibility Note
This work will be approximately 3 hours long. The performance begins with everyone together at 19 h. The audience is free to stay or leave at any time. There will be different seating arrangements with cushions, chairs, and standing options. The audience can shift their location and/or proximity to the performers at any point in the work. There will be a live DJ with loud music. Performers will be engaging with the audience verbally and physically (with consent). There will be access to a bar in the lobby and light snacks will be available.

Sunday 28.05.
15:00 Haptic Access Tour + 16:00 Audio description
(language: German) conducted by Lena Michaelis (speaker) and Jess Curtis / Gravity Access Service (technical equipment). Registration at anmeldung@tanzfabrik-berlin.de or +49 (0)30 / 200 592 70.
The Tanzfabrik offers selected events with audio description and a so-called Haptic Access Tour (tactile tour). This includes live and recorded audio descriptions for blind and visually impaired visitors and, in addition, sensory access consultations.

Makisig Akin

Makisig Akin is a queer, transgender Filipino born choreographer, dance artist, facilitator, and activist. They were raised in the Philippines and are currently based in Berlin, Germany. Their work focuses on the recognition of intersectional identities, reconnecting with their ancestry, and decentralizing Western ideologies in dance making. They hold an MFA in Dance from UCLA. Their training includes Filipino Traditional Dance, Contact Improvisation, Kung Fu, Improvisation, walking meditation, Authentic Movement, Bouldering/Climbing, and Contemporary Dance. They examine how survival strategies can be translated into a communal physical practice, which they then use as a catalyst to a creative healing process. Akin´s work has recently been supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste and DISTANZEN. 

Anya Cloud

Anya Cloud is an experimental contemporary dance artist practitioner originally from Alaska and currently based between Colorado and Berlin. As a queer, cis-gender, female, white person she orients her work to cultivate radical aliveness as an artist-activist practice; collaboration is central for her. Her work has been produced/supported by Dock 11, Movement Research at the Judson, Workshop Foundation, freeskewl, La MaMa, LA Performance Practice, REDCAT, Tanzquartier, and Guatemala Department of Culture among others. Her important collaborators include Makisig Akin, Sara Shelton Mann, Karen Schaffman, Eric Geiger, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Nhu Nguyen among others. Cloud currently teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Tickets: Pay as you can 5€ (BIPOC only) – 10/15/20/25€
Duration: approx. 3 h
Company: The Love Makers
Directors: Makisig Akin (they/them) Anya Cloud (she/her)
Dancers: Makisig Akin, Anya Cloud, Jesús Muñoz, Madison Palffy
DJ: Rafa Cunha
Dramaturgy: Karen Schaffman
Sound Design: Makisig Akin, Anya Cloud
Lighting Design: combination of Makisig Akin, Anya Cloud, Asier Solana, Martin Pilz
Sound Collaboration: Kata Kovács 
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste #Takeheart Residenzförderung 2023, University of Colorado Boulder, B2 Atlas Institute, Schloss Bröllin

Special thanks: Jessica Bertram for choreographic research collaboration for „Everything Deserves to Breathe“, Emerging Change co-founder Nara Virgens, Diethild Meier for videography, and the Tanzfabrik Buehne team. 

The Haptic Access Tour & Audio description will take place with the kind support of Aktion Mensch.