Anna Till & Barbara Lubich – TANZPAKT Dresden 2020

TIME TANZPAKT Dresden Research Residency in Cooperation with Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt 

The filmmaker Barbara Lubich and the choreographer Anna Till dedicate their research residency to the phenomenon of time. They are concerned with the discrepancy between precise time measurement and subjective perception of time from the perspective of film and dance, moving images and movement. How does the experience of a boat trip change the perception of time? How do people describe their perception of time? What role does time play in the work processes on a ship – which Foucault calls a heterotopia, i.e. an image of society that functions according to its own rules? How do we deal with time as the basis of our social order? And finally: How can film and dance make the phenomenon of time tangible? Anna Till and Barbara Lubich have conversations on these questions with the staff of the Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt (Saxon Steamship Company) from a distance due to the contact restrictions in the course of COVID-19. They observe the unusual standstill on the ships and on the river bank. The research is produced by situation productions – Company für Performing Arts Dresden. 

Anna Till (*1983) is a choreographer/dancer in Dresden. She studied “dance, context, choreography” (HZT Berlin) and cultural studies in Lüneburg. In cooperation with artists of different genres she develops stage plays, since 2017 as situation productions. As a team of the artistic direction she carried out the TANZFONDS ERBE projects “undo, redo and repeat” (with C. Ciupke) and “Bautzner Straße 107 – Past, Present, Future” (with K. Erfurth, J. Roggan, I. Spencer). As a dancer she worked with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft. In 2018/19 she was artistic assistant at the HZT Berlin. 

Barbara Lubich (*1977) grew up in Trento and works as a filmmaker in Dresden. She studied sociology in Italy and Germany and received her doctorate in New and Modern History (2012). Current documentaries deal with biographical speeds (“IM UMBRUCH”, Release 2020) and with deceleration (Manos Tsangaris – Release 2022). Together with Antje Pfundtner, she realized the performative installation “Letzte Schritte” (Last Steps) and in this context she dealt with the “end” in dance (2016-2019). 

Under the patronage of the City of Dresden, Office for Culture and Monument Protection, the association Villa Wigman für TANZ and HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts cooperate in “TANZPAKT Dresden”. Funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with the support of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts*, and the City of Dresden. With thanks to the Volker Homann Foundation. *This measure is co-financed by tax revenue on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon state parliament.