The Berlin Wall, photo by James Starkman
Two of my friends just returned from a trip to Berlin, where they spent some time exploring the Berlin Wall and sent me the above photograph. It not only seems appropriate given this blog’s title, but also relates to the ongoing Berlin Wall Project, created by the German-born dancer and choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin. The project reflects upon what the Wall and its removal meant to the world in its broadest sense. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Yatkin is creating a new work, Dancing with the Berlin Wall, about the emotional impact the wall had on its citizens and the world. The work will echo, embody, and subvert the dynamic interaction between individuals, movement, and the emotional impact of barriers.
The Project includes a short dance-on-camera film in collaboration with filmmaker Mike Rogers; a site-specific installation about the Wall to be performed on November 9th (the anniversary of the fall) at two gallery spaces at the Goethe Institute in New York City in collaboration with photographer Astrid Riecken; and a tour of Dancing with the Berlin Wall in New York City, Washington, and Los Angeles. This week, Yatkin and her company will head to Berlin to film their dance-on-camera piece, and on August 8th and 9th they will show a preview of Dancing with the Berlin Wall at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. Learn more about the project at the Berlin Wall Project’s blog.