You allow me TO BE – moved 2015 – 2017

Malin Gebken
Copyright: Alessandro the Matteis Photography

A dance theatre installation – is that even possible?

29 six-foot fabric dolls and their creator, the visual artist Marianne Lindow, invited me to have a go.

The artistic team, Marianne Lindow and the dance makers Valérie Kommer and Malin Gebken, started their thinking process for ‚You allow me TO BE – moved‘ in 2015.

Soon, they enjoyed the support of the amazing performers Charlotte Brohmeyer, Lisa Freudenthal, Katharina Geyer, Shan-Li Peng, Niloufar Shahisavandi and Donia Touglo.

We learned each others stories about migration, alienation and the things that bring us together and have created an ever-changing, highly moving and uplifting dance theatre installation – to get to know us all by.

The dolls take part as subjects, objects, building blocks and means of locomotion.

Copyright: Alessandro de Matteis Photography

Jan Wiesbrock put us in the right light and Alessandro de Matteis and Theresa Förster created a short dance film with us in the context of vibrant Cologne Mülheim. Please do have a peek and watch our short film on Marianne Lindow’s page!

Funded by Kulturamt der Stadt Köln and the Bezirksregierung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen as well as kindly supported by Tanzfaktur Köln, Quartier am Hafen and ZAIK we produced and performed ‚You allow me To Be- moved‘ throughout 2016 until spring 2017.