Author Archives: Emese

Lets call it early spring

This year is starting with some heart-warming program I’d like to invite you to.

After the well-received performance Subjects of Position, a piece of Zwoisy Mears-Clarke presented in the first days of January at Tanztage Berlin, Sophiensaele, I have the pleasure to invite you to the following highlights I collaborate in:

Next week already there is Sounddance encounters in Dock11, a project of Jenny Haack I am so eager to support. The performances are 1-4th of February, each evening a different double or triple bill.

In the beginning of March Abandon Human will be played in Dock11, 3rd and 4th of March. This is a heart to heart Project with Katie Duck and Sharon Smith, a rock show about being a woman.

Over time the soundtrack of Stranger has been released by Gabor Csongradi, and the kind supporters of our Indiegogo campaign could receive their digital copies. One song can be listened to here.

Last, but not least, Stranger spoiler is out there, a short summary of what has been cooking on stage last February. You are very welcome to see it!

Summer news

Sounddance Festival is rapidly approaching! I am glad to invite you to Dock 11, where a nice collection of Berlin-based artists are going to show their recent works that relate to or are instant composition works. The festival organized by Jenny Haack will take place from the 20th of July. Both weeks there will be different performances each night, Thursday through Sunday. I am doing the technical direction of the festival and will be the lighting designer and technician for some of the performances too, alongside with Aurora Rodriguez and Asier Solana. Please see the festival program here.

Another good news for performing artists: the dates of the next workshop ‘Performing Space’ has clarified!

The workshop will be October 2-6, each day between 14-17h at Studio Laborgras in Kreuzberg.

More information will follow soon!


The immaterial world

This performance is a solo piece of Julyen Hamilton, playing on the border of the graspable and non-graspable, sanity and ghostly, life and death.

I designed light or this performance in 2016 July at Dock11 Berlin as a part of Impro Xchange festival, and on St. John’s Island in Canada, on the Festival of new dance.

This is my take on the beyond
as it resides right in the here and now.

It is both eerie and assuring; it wavers calmly on the edge
of perception and understanding.

It provides little reference except
the movement of
and the sounds from
the body.

“Welcome to the Immaterial World.”

(text by Julyen Hamilton)

More information here

Stills taken from the performance at St. John’s Island

The Forerunner

Solo performance of Julyen Hamilton, for which I designed lighting at Dock11 in July 2015.

The FORERUNNER’ is the descendent of actions past bringing strands of insight for the future.
He is the pioneer of the next moment; he is apart;
He was born multiple times; he is wild card, thief, idiot and sage.
He speaks the moment and dances the present and dares to talk from
within his understanding to beyond its limits.
He says: ‘here…. a mirror if you wish’
In ‘The FORERUNNER’ full sentences and paragraphs stem from the body dancing and the mind and heart raving.

‘The FORERUNNER’ (performed so far in Germany, Iceland, Spain) follows ‘The Immaterial World’
which has been performed many times throughout Europe and the States and Russia.

(Text by Julyen Hamilton)

Concept / Dance / Decor / Text: Julyen Hamilton
Costume: Orlando
Lights: Emese Csornai
Cover photograph by Patrick Beelaert

Video link can be found here

Rest of the photographs are stills from the video recording made at Dock11 in July 2015

Abandon Human

This performance of Katie Duck and Sharon Smith is a joined venture of two women who are survivors, mothers, who love and carry on, who go deep in feelings and yet running the distance. In fact this is a performance of three women, two of which are mothers, three of which dressed in bikini for the show, as a tribute to a fourth woman.

Coming to think of which, the show is a performance containing plenty of women, who wrote songs without ever getting credited for, who were or are moms regardless of being thanked, who weren’t or couldn’t be moms,    who were the invisible hand, who were not ashamed of their feelings, their bodies, their roles…

  • Concept, creation and performance: Katie Duck, Sharon Smith
  • co-creation and lights: Emese Csornai

As Sharon Smith writes:

The inexpressible is contained inexpressibly in the expressed.
The title was a combination of ‘abandon ship’ and some sort of ‘you can’t run away from yourself’ reality check. Somehow, ‘being human’ is what we are stuck with.
The curse of the human must be all these feelings.
Having a child is a most vivid, unbearable emotion…  Irretrievable loss. You cannot put them back in, once they have torn themselves from your belly via vagina or scalpel, they set in motion a certain grief… a slow, life-long, death-looming loss. They leave you and leave you and leave you. And that is your job. To help them do just that.
The love is so strong that you can deal with their shit, their piss, their selfishness and their hatred… of you.
Katie and Sharon have daughters. It’s a woman thing. They have shared a friendship that has grown into family feelings over twenty years. This work seemed to explode all that, all those… feelings… all over the stage.
A soundtrack contains the action. It is haunted by female song writers who we love shamelessly and who we want to be in the room with us. There are others, but of course there is not enough space or time in one room (however grand) to include all the awesome women who wrote songs that speak through us and to us, in the work… in the life.
The performance took place at Dock11 in April 2017.
More information at:
Photographs of the performance by Izabela Pacewicz-Wysocka