DANCE OF URGENCY
DANCE OF URGENCY
SPACE OF URGENCY
On Saturday, November 30th, 2019, Berlin’s renowned club ‘TRESOR’ will be hosting the 4th annual public day of the Stadt Nach Acht - Frei(T)räume (free dreaming-free space) conference. From a very beginning, we have been embraced by the Stadt Nach Acht, with a given trust, freedom and support to unite narratives from the club culture worldwide and express our curatorial vision. We are strengthening rave culture and insisting on protecting free spaces.
We recognize that such a way of living can form an active political body and fruitful alternative in times of urgency. That clubbing is more than entertainment, and it can define space and terms in which we are living. Frei(t)räume generated a strong activist network bringing changes on a socio-political level and giving context and voice to rave-culture. Those years of working together shaped ideas that are the topic of this year’s event DANCE and SPACE OF URGENCY.
The dance of urgency is a dance that arises from the emotions that occur in times of personal and collective crisis. It aims to empower individuals and collectives. This dance has it’s momentum, it is not constant. The body is sensory, and it expresses itself in movement. Sometimes dance creates a space, sometimes in order, that dance can happen, we need a space. In times of gentrification, right-wing populism and climate change significance of free space are on its rise, this is a space of urgency. The dance of urgency is not any longer an “exotic” narrative from far away, it is happening now in Europe too. In the past few months, various protests have adopted the rave format, like antifascist protests (Berlin), Rave 4 Climate (Paris), Brexit Protest Rave (London), against gentrification (Berlin and Rotterdam), Free Human Rights Open Air (Vienna), for climate etc. How to create models for spaces where social, cultural and political urgencies can organize, interact and multiply? What are the values and access criteria of such areas? How can we apply those values into movement and allow it to resonate from bodies to space and from space into bodies? How do we defend free space in times of capital and rise of the property value?
The stage will be offered to a wide variety of dedicated musicians, scientists, and urban change-makers who are all at the forefront of their respective movements and are effectively causing a cross-pollination of the local and international rave and club-culture communities around the globe. Visionary underground electronic music collectives from Georgia, Palestine, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Brazil, USA, Australia and all across the EU, will emphasize their own unique urgent situations surrounding the topics of Dance and Space of Urgency.
During the day, the culturally historic club space of Tresor will be hosting workshops, discussions and screenings. At night the conference will transform into a ‘Dance of Urgency’ club night at Tresor, resonating and amplifying the sounds of some of the conference’s key speakers.
Liese Kingma and Bogomir Doringer