+ DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE – International Symposium on the Critical Reflection of Body, Sound and Space in the City

+ DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE – International Symposium on the Critical Reflection of Body, Sound and Space in the City

curated by Constanza Macras and Lukas Feireiss


Funded by Schering Stiftung


In cooperation with Schaubühne


and ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory


Forces of the city clash with forces of bodies, that consciously and unconsciously articulate and exaggerate the manifold sensitivities within an ever-changing urban society. Against this backdrop, the international symposium Dancing About Architecture curated by Constanza Macras and Lukas Feireiss, brings together diverse positions in the interdisciplinary discussion of dramaturgy, dance, music, architecture and urban space.

© Thomas Aurin

© Thomas Aurin


  • Constanza Macras (Dorkypark, Berlin)
  • Lukas Feireiss (Studio Lukas Feireiss, Berlin)


  • Stephen Barber (Kingston University, London)
  • Gascia Ouzounian (Queen’s University, Belfast)
  • Christopher Dell (Institut für Improvisationstechnologie, Berlin)
  • Andrew Todd (Studio Andrew Todd/Theatrum Mundi, Paris)
  • Gob Squad (Berlin / Nottingham)
  • Lisi Estaras & Nicolas Vladyslav (Les Ballets C de la B, Belgium & Argentina)




  • 19:30 Welcome Guests at Schaubühne Berlin Café
  • 20:00 MEGALOPOLIS at Saal A


  • 19:00 – 21:00 Reception Guest and Symposium Talk with Stephan Barber and Lisi Estaras at Studio 44 (Admission to the symposium talks is free, but please send a reservation to event@dorkypark.org)


  • 14:00 – 17:00 Workshop “The physical Shelter” with Lisi Estaras and Nicolas Vladyslav at Studio 44
  • 18:30 Symposium Talk with Gascia Ouzounian and Simon Will at ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory at Pefferberg (Admission to the symposium talks is free, but please send a reservation to event@dorkypark.org)


  • 15:00 – 18:00 Workshop “The physical Shelter” with Lisi Estaras and Nicolas Vladyslav at Studio 44
  • 20:00 – Show BERLIN ELSEWHERE at Schaubühne Berlin


  • 16:00 – 18:00 Symposium Talk with Stephen Barber, Gascia Ouzounian, Andrew Todd, Christopher Dell at Schaubühne Berlin Saal A (Admission to the symposium talks is free, but please send a reservation to event@dorkypark.org)
  • 20:00 Show BERLIN ELSEWHERE at Schaubühne Saal A

Workshop details

The physical Shelter

Movement is the base, the primordial instinct like a shelter is. We can express in our own unique way what we live and feel. We can translate our thoughts into movements, and make a simple dance became extreme. We can interact with others, become intimate, hide. All of this within the frame of our body, this is our only shelter.

The class will start with a general warm up and then we will work with short compositions and improvisations. On the second day we will recapitulate in a short showing what we had worked on.

Dates: 26. SEP 2014 | 14:00 – 17:00 and 27. SEP 2014 | 15:00 – 18:00 at Studio 44 // DorkyPark

Registration: You can register for the workshop sending an email to office@dorkypark.org The participation fee for the workshop is 80,00€

Participant’s details

Stephen Barber

Stephen Barber is author of numerous books on international performance cultures, including three studies of the work of Antonin Artaud (most recently, on the final notebooks: Artaud: Terminal Curses, 2008), and books on the Japanese performer/theorist Tatsumi Hijikata, on the work of Jean Genet, and on the films of the Vienna Action Group’s performances. He has also published many books on urban cultures in relation to performance, film, photography and digital art; His recent books are: Muybridge: The Eye in Motion (Chicago University Press, “Solar” series, 2012), England’s Darkness (Sun Vision Press, 2013) and Performance Projections: Film and The Body in Action (Reaktion, 2014). He is currently Professor of Visual Culture at Kingston University in London. He is Fellow of the International Research Center, Interweaving Performance Cultures, at Free University Berlin, and Professor in the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at Kingston University, London.

Christopher Dell

Christopher Dell, doctor of philosohphy, lives and works as theoretician, artist and musician in Berlin. He has held a position as visiting teacher for Architecture Theory at the University of Fine Arts Berlin, visiting professor for Urban Design Theory at HafenCity University, Hamburg (where he also co-lead the research-project „University of Neighbourhoods“) and the Technical University, Munich. Since 2009 he is member of the ANCB Network Campus executive board.Teachings a.o. at Architectural Association, London, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, Columbia University New York, Academie for Bouwkunst, Arnhem. Dell is author of numerous articles and books  „Improvisations on Urbanity“ Rotterdam 2009 (with Ton Matton), „Tacit Urbanism“, Rotterdam 2009, and REPLAYCITY (Berlin 2011), “Die improvisierende Organisation”, Bielefeld 2012, “Ware:Wohnen!”, Berlin 2013, “Das Urbane” Berlin 2014.

Lisi Estaras

1971, Cordoba (AR) Lisi studied dance in Cordoba (Argentina) and later on in Jerusalem in the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. Later on she danced with the Ensemble Batsheva in Tel Aviv.Since 1997 Lisi works with les ballet C de la B. She danced in Iets op Bach, Wolf, vsprs, pitié!, C(H)ŒURS by Alain Platel, and Tempus Fugit by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.Through the years Lisi developed her own work; she created and performed in Bartime (Campo, Ghent), Cocina Erotica and No Wonder with Constanza Macras (Schaubuhnne, Berlin).At les ballets C de la B she directed Patchagonia, Bolero, The Gaza Monologues, primero and her latest piece, Dans Dans;  in coproduction with het Kip (Ghent).

Lukas Feireiss

With a background in philosophy and cultural studies Lukas Feireiss runs the interdisciplinary creative practice Studio Lukas Feireiss, focused on the discussion and mediation of architecture, art and visual culture in the urban realm. In his artistic, curatorial, editorial and consultive work he aims at the critical cut-up and playful re-evaluation of creative and spatial production modes and their diverse socio-cultural and medial conditions. Studio Lukas Feireiss provides overall conceptual development, design and implementation for diverse formats of knowledge dissemination and visual communication – such as exhibitions, publications, symposiums and other events – that cultivate contemporary cultural reflexivity. It thereby aims to find individualized narrative solutions for the translation of specific cultural inquiries into a wider societal discourse. Lukas Feireiss is editor and curator of numerous books and exhibitions and teaches at numerous universities worldwide.

Gob Squad

Gob Squad is a British-German collective based in Nottingham and Berlin. They have worked collaboratively since 1994 in the fields of performance, video installation and theatre. They create mid-scale work that combines audience interaction with real-time video editing. The collective often use popular culture to explore the complexities of everyday life in urban spaces – in houses, shops, underground stations, car parks, hotels or directly on the street. Here reality and entertainment are set on a collision course and the audience are often asked to step beyond their traditional role as passive spectators and bear witness to the results.

Constanza Macras

Constanza Macras is an Argentinian choreographer based in Berlin. She studied fashion design and dance and in Buenos Aires, Amsterdam and New York. In 2003 she founded together with Carmen Mehnert CONSTANZA MACRAS I DorkyPark. The company integrates dancers, actors and musicians with performers that range from 4 to 72 years old, combining text, live music, dance and video. Her productions critically explore transformations of personal and physical identities, and the borders of segregation and immigration within urbanized and globalized environments. CONSTANZA MACRAS | DorkyPark has toured in Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, the United States and has been invited to various European venues and festivals. Macras taught workshops and master classes in Japan, the United States and Europe.

Gascia Ouzounian

Gascia Ouzounian (BMus, MMus McGill University, PhD UC San Diego) is Lecturer in Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast. She has published and lectured widely on the topic of sound and space, focusing on such areas as sound installation art, site-specific sound, the history of spatial audio, acoustic mapping, and sound art in public and urban spaces. Ouzounian is committed to bringing the work of contemporary composers and sound artists to new forums. As a violinist and artist she has performed and presented her work across North America and Europe. Ouzounian is founder of Optophono, a label that publishes interactive sound and multimedia works (see www.optophono.com), and along with architect Sarah Lappin initiated the interdisciplinary research group Recomposing the City: Sonic Art and Urban Architecture at the Institite for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Quenn’s University, Belfast.

Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd studied English at Cambridge and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Paris, where he established his own architecture practice Studio Andrew Todd. The architecture and scenography practice has completed projects throughout Europe with a particular emphasis on spaces for the performing arts. Todd is co-author of the book ‘Peter Brook’s Theatre Environments’ (faber), written in collaboration with theatre director Peter Brook. He’s also part of Theatrum Mundi, a professional network of urbanists and artists in different cities, started by Richard Sennett. The collective consists of academics, architects, planners, performing and visual artists, with the aim to stimulate discussion about practices spanning stage and street. Andrew was made Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 2011 by the French government for services towards the integration of different artistic disciplines.

Nicolas Vladyslav

After being formed at the circus school of Amiens, Nicolas Vladyslav discovers dance, first in New-Caledonia with Sylvie Coqueugniot and Thierry Bain. After a ballet training at the Arts College of Boulogne, he studies contemporary dance at the Arts College of Lyon. During his training, he dances a role in a production of Jean-Claude Galotta. He starts his professional career as a dancer in Ondes de Choc (2000) of Denis Plassard. After a while he moves to Belgium to participate in the creation Utopie (2001) of Michèle-Anne de Mey. He establishes himself in Brussels and  meets Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He dances in Foi (2003) and Tempus Fugit (2004) en co-creates with him Corpus Bach, a duo accompanied by cellist Roel Dieltiens, which premieres in Bruges in 2005. He assists Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for ballet productions at  the Monte-Carlo Ballet (In Memoriam, 2004 and Mea Culpa, 2006), at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Loin, 2005) and the Ballets Cullberg in Stockholm (End, 2006).In 2005, he creates with Constanza Macras and Lisi Estaras, the trio No Wonder.  In 2006, he and Ali Thabet form the duo Transportés, which presents a creation in Nouméa (New-Caledonia). He returns to les ballets C de la B to dance in Patchagonia (2007) and primero-erscht (2010), creations by Lisi Estaras.Nicolas Vladyslav is teaching in the company of Michèle Anne De Mey and he is asked regularly to give workshops.