Tenacity of Space

Part of “OUT OF NOW / DANCE ON Festival”

Duration 70 min.

Sprache: English 

“Dance is my form of political activism. It is not how I dance or why I dance. It is that I dance.” (Deborah Hay)

Tenacity of Space, Deborah Hay’s demanding work for the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE, is a reaction to the disempowering world conditions of the past year and represents a catastrophic loss of learned dance behaviour. Rather than rely on their physical bodies and what they can do, the DANCE ON quintet was encouraged to relentlessly notice everything in their visual field to support their moving bodies. “Immensity is within ourselves. It is attached to a sort of expansion of being that life curbs and caution arrests…” (Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Space).

  • Cast

    Choreography & Direction

    Deborah Hay

    Artistic collaboration

    Jeanine Durning und Ros Warby

    In collaboration with

    Ty Boomershine, Amancio Gonzalez, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman und Jone San Martin

    Lighting Design

    Tanja Rühl

    Composition & Live-Electronics

    Mattef Kuhlmey

    Costume Design

    Judith Adam

    Tailoring and Costume-Making

    Sophia Piepenbrock-Saitz


    Ty Boomershine, Jeanine Durning, Brit Rodemund, Christopher Roman, Jone San Martin

  • Credits

Past dates

Fri 2.3.

from 20:30 to 22:30HAU2

Notes: Afterwards: Open Dialogue #2 / With DANCE ON ENSEMBLE and Tamara Tomic-Vajagic


Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin

There are two marked parking spots in front of the building. (in Großbeerenstraße). Wheelchair ramp and lift available. Barrier-free restroom facilities are available. Advance notification advised via