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Canan Erek, “I like to sit back and watch people”

We met at an unlikely place to watch a dance performance: In the waiting room of one of Berlin’s district administrative offices. That’s where the choreographer Canan Erek has been staging performances that aim to interrupt stillness and function as small provocations for her surprised audience, whose reactions trigger new ideas. “Inspiration always comes from…

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Claudia de Serpa Soares, “I am inspired by people”

It’s been many years since Claudia de Serpa Soares left her hometown of Lisbon for Angers, then Ljubljiana, then for Berlin, where she finally settled. For now, that is. One of the performers in the Sasha Waltz & Guests dance ensemble, she joins the company when touring repertory pieces as well as for short term…

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Toula Limnaios, “When I hear music I see dance”

She likes to work with dancers eight hours a day, to watch them in their everyday life, to build relationships with these people who will go on to embody and make her visions real on stage. I met the Athens-born choreographer Toula Limnaios in Prenzlauer Berg, in a former GDR gymnasium, which houses the dance…