This hospice is a dune, a neighborhood, an ocean, a meal, a club, an orgy, a cinema, a cruising ground, a long flight, and a lifelong embrace. This hospice is us, them, ours, no ones and yours. This hospice is unknown, and will continue to change.
In their first duet for the stage, Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld explore their desire to understand and create their future hospice together. For this, they drag objects, stories, projections, fantasies, and experiments crafting future worlds for each other through experimental dance, text and video practices. Hailing from Brazil and the United States, Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld met in Berlin almost a decade ago, and began to collaborate in their desires, experiences and stories connected to a queer position on death, dying, end-of-life care. What are the possibilities during this period of life regarding support for queer kin and families who are not related? How do we want to be seen and perceived in this vulnerable phase of life?
Together, they expanded these questions and met with different kinds of artistic practitioners who work with death in both pragmatic and creative ways: a palliative doctor, a death doula, a choir director, a bondage expert and a tattoo healer, among others. From these conversations Rodrigo Garcia Alves und Liz Rosenfeld have built their current hospice, this duet for the present.
The basis of this artistic work is a residency as part of the NEW TECHNIQUES I program, which took place at Sophiensæle in November 2020.
The piece lasts a maximum of 1 hour and 20 minutes without a break. The language is spoken English. However, the piece is comprehensible without any knowledge of English. During admission, a video and sound collage is shown. The stage and audience space are quite dark at the beginning, then the light slowly gets brighter. There are no loud sound effects. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop or at the box office, depending on availability. The accessibility information will be continuously updated. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.
Liz Rosenfeld (USA/DE) is a Berlin based artist who works in film/video, performance, and experimental writing practice. Liz explores the sustainability of emotional and political ecologies, holes, cruising methodologies, and both past and future histories related to the ways in which memory is queered. Liz’s work approaches flesh as a non-binary collaborative material, specifically focusing on the potentiality of physical abundance and excess, approaching questions regarding the responsibility and privilege of taking up space. Departing from the personal, Liz’s work is rooted in questions that contend with how queer ontologies are rooted in both political and personal variant hypocritical desire(s.) Liz is one of the members of the international film collective nowMomentnow. Liz’s films are represented by Video Data Bank and LUX Moving Image. www.lizrosenfeld.co
Rodrigo Garcia Alves (BR/DE) is a Berlin based choreographer, performance artist and also founder of the artistic platform Studio Disorder. Having studied Theatre Direction in Rio de Janeiro and holding a Masters in Solo Dance Authorship from the University of Arts Berlin, Rodrigo works applying the concept of artistic collage situated in the intersections between autobiographical material, theatre, dance, performance art and different kinds of invisible knowledge from the global south. His pieces were already staged in various European cities and Brazil. He also worked as curator of performing art events in Berlin and provided dramaturgy for assorted dance and theatre artists in Germany and Brazil. http://cargocollective.com/studio_disorder
PERFORMERS, CONCEPT AND DIRECTION Liz Rosenfeld & Rodrigo Garcia Alves ORIGINAL MUSIC Colin Self LIGHT DESIGN Catalina Fernández COSTUMES AND SET DESIGN Cardo Matos DRAMATURGY Season Butler Artistic Advisory Valerie Renay Prop-making Clarisse Canela Seamstress Dores Maués Artistic Assistance An*dre Neely BONDAGE EXPERT Dasniya Sommer ARTISTIC SUPPORT/ HOSPICE DOCTOR Christian Küllmei ARTISTIC SUPPORT/Production Maicyra Leão VIDEOGRAPHERS TINT Collective PRODUCER Joseph Wegmann
A production by Liz Rosenfeld and Rodrigo Garcia Alves in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin and Kampnagel Hamburg. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of #TakeAction. The piece is a continuation of the project HOSPICE, which Liz Rosenfeld and Rodrigo Garcia Alves developed as part of an artistic residency in collaboration between Tanzhaus NRW and Diakonie Düsseldorf. Media partner: Berlin Art Link, taz.die tageszeitung, tipBerlin