Change your perspective! This appears to be the call of the hour. Every so often we are urged to shift the way we look at things. This may come across as a somewhat fleeting request. But at its core is the assumption that shifting one’s perspective is logical and essential since it promotes an understanding of others and other viewpoints.
Questioning and changing oneself and one’s habits of action and thought can, admittedly, be difficult, slow and at times uncomfortable. And yet – perceiving things from a different angle, venturing into unfamiliar territories of thought and transcending familiar concepts can enliven us, inspire us and, ultimately, change the way we live together. This form of change is only one aspect of «shifting» – the enigma that lies at the heart of this year’s «Tanz in Bern» festival. The adjective «shifting» is used to describe continuously moving and changing either physically or in thought. And the verb «to shift» moves someone or something to a different position or a different place.
The choreographies of this year’s festival, celebrating all aspects of «shifting», ask the audience to do just that: to move and to take a different look at the world around us.
«Shifting» in some form is inherent in the art of dance: dancers and performers constantly shift and move their bodies. However, «Tanz in Bern» is now taking this to another level, incorporating movement of the conscious- ness, viewpoints and perceptions. These are usually not jumps, pirouettes or flowing moves, but physically gentler shifts. And yet: Their impact may sometimes be just as spectacular.
In nine productions, eight of which are Swiss premieres, and a dense context pro- gramme, dance unleashes its full «shifting» potential. Be it with Adam Linder, who scrutinises the classical ballet canon, or Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, who highlights
the black body in the diaspora, or Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Dançando com a Differença, who dedicate their performance to bones. Other «shifting» stimulus is provided by Jessica Jurassica’s reading of tweets and threads or by Maria N. Heise with her hashtag #wearitlikeaprotectivearmour about human rights.
«Tanz in Bern 2022» invites you to enjoy exhilarating, large and small acts of «shifting». We are very much looking forward to «shifting» with you.
Anneli Binder and the Festival Team
The foyer of the Dampfzentrale Bern – rumored to be the most beautiful in
the city of Bern – will be moved this year.
The three scenographers Yves Kern, Kevin Peterhans and Naïma Heim are looking for new perspectives together. But what happens in the shift of space?
Based on the concept of glitch (from gaming and electronics; short error in the system),
a space-filling intervention is created in and around the foyer by the river Aare.
Blindspot, Inklusion und Vielfaltsförderung Schweiz and Dampfzentrale Bern are fully convinced of the added value of a diverse society. With the professional support of the Bern-based non-profit organisation, our cultural institution becomes a meeting place in the process of awareness where inclusion is embedded throughout the entire structure.
With its inclusion project «Labor Inklusion», Blindspot has launched the catering business Provisorium46 that encourages people with and without disabilities to work alongside each other.
After the cooperation with the Provisorium46’s food truck and initial experience with staffers working behind the bar, employees with disabilities will also be staffing and performing bar duties at Dampfzentrale Bern during this year’s festival, thereby contributing to the diversity and true inclusion of the festival days.
For all those whose thirst for knowledge has been aroused by the dance performances and discussions, the bookstall of Münstergass Buchhandlung provides a selection of books that capture the festival’s theme of «shifting».