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The festival Tanz in Bern is cancelled!
Dampfzentrale and all theatres in the canton of Bern will be shut down until the 23rd of November. This includes the cancellation of all performances.
We were looking forward to our yearly ray of light and to getting together with you, our audience. Until the last possible moment we were hoping that Tanz in Bern could happen. «Dear Darkness» caught up with us on the evening before the opening. 

Two performers burst across the stage in fast and flowing movements. Using the shadow and light patterns cast by the dark stage lighting, a dynamic choreography unfolds that attempts to reflect the turmoil of human emotion when faced with the prospect of incarceration.  Explore the minds journey as the contemplation of the loss of freedom engulfs every waking moment. Twin sisters Kristina and Sadé present dynamic and athletic movements to the audience with grace and beauty. Inspired by true life events, they create a dark, atmospheric and abstract work that is both thrilling and powerful.

«Let me tell you about a game I play,
Where I close my eyes and fade away
In this special place you see
There are only two people»
Susan Christensen


Kristina and Sadé combine Afro-Caribbean influences, hip hop, Kathak, circus arts and contemporary dance in their movement language. Together they established Alleyne Dance to pursue their passions of performance and education. Alleyne Dance teaches professional companies and aspiring dancers worldwide. During this lockdown period the sisters have developed their own workout programme named, Alleyne Sisters Workout. In addition to numerous commissioned works, they also tour the world with their own pieces. Tanz in Bern regulars may remember them performing in «Trap Town» by Ultima Vez.

Please note the general obligation to wear masks at all indoor events of Tanz in Bern. Further information here.


Choreography: Alleyne Dance. Performers: Kristina Alleyne and Sadé Alleyne. Producer: Grace Okereke. Production Manager: Salvatore Scollo. Music Design: Sadé Alleyne, Alan Dicker, Tom Neill. Music: Alan Dicker, Samuel Kerridge, Paul English, Ólafur Arnalds, Kevin MacLeod, Armand Amar & Haroun Teboul Song. Mentor: Farooq Chaudhry. Lighting Design: Salvatore Scollo. Original Lighting Design: Lucy Hansom. Costume Adjustment: Leila Ransley.

Alleyne Dance has kindly been supported by and gives special thanks to:
Arts & Movements Ltd., Arts Council England, Desti Masti Studios, Akram Khan, The Brit School of Performing Arts, Ultima Vez Company, Now Unlimited, Antoine Marc, Louise Kateraga, Yen-Ching Lin , Aakash Odedra , Dickson MBI , Mbulelo Ndabeni,  Leila Ransley, Redbridge Drama Centre, Sheree Dubois- Songs:  ‘Tide’ and ‘ Identity’.
Fotocredits: Irene Lewis.

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