Have you ever felt strange, displaced and unwelcome? Did you experience a bodily reaction?
ALIEN depicts members of a fictional human race who have come to a new land seeking refuge from their homeland which is in turmoil. Upon their arrival they discover how their presence is feared and questioned by their new community. They also learn how other marginalized communities are viewed by their cultural majorities. This piece is inspired by stories of immigrants to the United States and Europe, as well as by our own personal stories of being “othered” because of who we are.
A workshop entitled “experiencing being alien” held on Saturday June, 16, 11:30am-1:30pm accompanies the performances. Join the workshop at LINES Dance Center where the artists will ask participants to write and make movement based on times in their lives when they have felt like an outsider or a stranger. They will pose questions to them like, what did this feeling do to you? How can this be translated into movement? A guided improvisation will help participants to explore this task. Later on participants will learn a sequence from ALIEN.
ALIEN is the first international collaboration between Tim Rubel Human Shakes and Elisabeth Kindler-Abali / animi motus e.V. Both artists are deeply engaged with dance as a tool for social change.
Photo credit: Photo by Victor Talledos
group: dancers of Tim Rubel Human Shakes with Elisabeth Kindler-Abali
Alien is co-presented by Goethe Institut