Design: Em Steinberg
Photography: Damian Carta & Camille Lafourcade & Filipe Serro
Design: Em Steinberg
“We often don’t realise how important dancing alone, or dancing in clubs, is for us. It allows us to engage with people without talking. We can communicate with our bodies to maybe reach a state of euphoria. When we’re sitting at home on our couches, during lockdown, trying to just survive, we lose access to this way of communing, and falsify it with things like the internet or drugs. But If you just focus on going to the party and moving with everybody, you start to feel like a pack of wolves, even if you’re not attacking anything or have no end goal. The purpose is putting euphoria back into your body, and that’s brilliant! And we don’t realise that this is why clubs exist, I think.” (Austin Fagan)
DANCE AT LAST!
DANCE AS IF YOU HADN’T BEEN AT THE DANCE FOR YEARS.
DANCE OUT ALL THAT'S BEEN REPRESSED.
DANCE SO HARD THAT YOUR DANCE SPILLS ALL OVER THE STREETS.
DANCE FOR THE OTHER IN YOURSELF AND FOR YOURSELF IN OTHERS.
DANCE LIKE A TRANCE.
DANCE TO FEEL MORE.
DANCE IS MANY THINGS.
SET YOUR INTENTION ON THE DANCE.
DANCE AT LAST IN A LASTING DANCE AT LAST.
Joining us on the dance floor this edition will be Heather Purcell & Austin Fagan’s long-awaited instalment “Dance at Last” contamination, a choreography born out of necessity during the pandemic, finally finding its culmination two years later on our club floor with the support of the Lecken fam. Decentralised gogo becomes one with the crowd to unleash a pandemic of a different kind, a frenzied dance epidemic that might spill over into the streets and leave a trace for days.
When you catch your breath, look out for Em Steinberg’s expanded dark room interventions. First up, a Lecken cuddle puddle to help make the dark room more accessible for all those new to it (but not only them). Then, throughout the party, you are invited to use their fantasy board to make a wish that someone might just approach you to make it a reality.
Racing Bodies, Raving Minds
27-28.10.21 Renate Garden
Before the party, we will be hosting a two-day program of free pre-rave workshops, titled "Racing Bodies, Raving Minds", in the Renate Garden. The program expands on the community-weaving practices our network initiated during the pandemic, featuring elements of somatic activism, movement practice, book clubs, collective intimacy and critical pedagogy. During the pandemic we learned the significance of such practices for deepening the bonds of queer kinship and everyday solidarity beyond the dance floor. Funded by the Berlin initiative, DraussenStadt, our program reflects the conviction that arts and culture are not only aesthetic disciplines but socio-political practices with material, sensorial and affective qualities, capable of conjuring engaged togetherness, healing potential and collective transformation. The luxury of public funding is helping us turn this comeback to club culture into a 3-day festival of affordable abundance!