GIANT or 11 ARTISTS, 22 LIGHTS, 33 HOURS, STUDIO 44

Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Isabel Lewis, Tatiana Saphir, Jan-Sebastian Šuba are preparing GIANT at the moment, taking place from Thursday 26. March to Saturday 28. March 2015 from 14:00 pm to 01:00 am in Studio 44.

GIANT can be called many things: live installation, active space, durational performance, situation. It is a hungry being, not autonomous but rather invites interaction, subsuming all that happens within its borders into itself to become truly gigantic. It is the creative space we stake out for ourselves and our guests that vibrates in a crafted and specific way. Within this range of conditions we host, hang out, eat, play and perform, and the context is constantly jumping between being a show, an exhibition, a festival and a party. GIANT is people working together, constructing a frame for surprises, a format that embraces the unplanned as potential catalysts for new ideas. GIANT is.

Ariel Efraim Ashbel (b.1982, Tel Aviv) is a Berlin based artist from Israel, who makes performances. Between the years 2008-2010 he was associate artistic director of the “IntimaDance” Festival for contemporary dance and performance in Tel Aviv’s Tmuna Theater. Since 2011 he is based in Berlin, and has contributed to various projects in HAU Hebbel am Ufer Theater, HZT (Uferstudios), ausland, the Berlin Biennial, the Porn Film Festival, Transmediale and more. In 2013 his first German piece “All white people look the same to me” premiered in Berlin’s HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Alongside his work as a director he also collaborates with colleagues as performer and dramaturge. Ariel is a graduate of the School of Visual Theater Jerusalem (2006) and holds a BA in History and Philosophy from Tel Aviv University (2010). He won the Akko festival prize for alternative theater in 2003, annual scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation in (2003-2007), the Mayor of Jerusalem and the HaZira Performance Art Center prize in 2006, the ‘Legacy’ Foundation scholarship in 2007, and participated in Goethe Institute and International Theater Institution’s (ITI) residency program for young theater directors in 2011.

Isabel Lewis (b. 1981) is an artist of Dominican and American origin who grew up on a suburban island off the coast of southwest Florida. She lived in New York City where she danced for many choreographers and where she has shown her own commissioned works from 2004 onwards at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, New Museum and Movement Research at Judson Church amongst others. Lewis is based in Berlin since 2009. Trained in literary criticism, dance, and philosophy her current work takes the form of hosted “occasions” which are celebratory meetings of things, people, plants, music, smells and dances and has been presented by Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Frieze London, Liverpool Biennial, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA). Lewis has lectured on topics such as open source and dance improvisation, social dances as cultural storage systems, collaborative creative formats (Communal EPIC Fiction), future dance techniques (BALLISTIC BODY), and rapping as an embodied speech act (FLOW PLAY: Sensualized Speech and Hip Hop) at Serpentine Galleries, Kampnagel, and Hebbel Am Ufer amongst others.

Tatiana Saphir was born in 1975 in Buenos Aires. Since 2003 she lives and works between Buenos Aires and Berlin. She worked with many film and theater directors and studied theater, dance as well as film and theater theory in Buenos Aires before moving to Berlin. In 2008 she established with her sister Tamara the performance group TnT, creating together their first piece “a brief history of Argentinian Punk”, which was performed in several venues around Germany and France. During thee years she also started to write and direct her own shows, presented in various festivals in Europe and Argentina. In Berlin Tatiana has worked with many performance, theater and dance makers; Among them are Santiago Blaum, Constanza Macras/Dorkypark , Nir de Volff, Dirk Cieslak/Lubricat, AndCompany&co, Gob Squad, And with Argentinean theater director Federico Leon. Since 2004 she’s also collaboratiing with electro-latin-korean music collective AZUKITA, and since 2009 Djing in many festivals, events and parties as DJ OBSTSALAT.

Jan-Sebastian Šuba was born 1974 in Berlin. He is a performer and actor, in theater and movies. Mostly interested in collaborations on stage he worked in Sophiensaele, HAU, Ballhaus Ost, Dock 11, Maxim-Gorki-Studio, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Dietheater Wien, Bregenzer Frühling, Adam-Mickewicz-Institut Warschau, Levontin 7 and more, with i.e.: Gob Squad, Constanza Macras/Dorky Park, andcompany&co., Peaches, Hans-Werner Krösinger, Ulf Otto, Santiago Blaum, Lubricat, Bruno Cathomas, aktionstheater ensemble wien, Maya Dunietz, Showcase Beat Le Mot, Nir DeVolff and many others. In Film he played in “Totale Therapie” by Christian Frosch and in “Hysteria”, “I’d like to die a 1000 times”, “Apokalypse I + II” and “Viva Europa” by Edwien Brienen. He is also known as DJ, Karaoke-Addict and mud-wrestler.

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