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Darja Reznikova

Darja is a choreographer, dance teacher and researcher in the field of interdisciplinarity. She is the founder and artistic director of the contemporary dance company SoBo Productions based in Mannheim, Germany.

She was educated in the Ukraine, Germany, USA and Great Britain. She holds a Master of Arts in Dance Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, a BA (Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance from Bird College and a PGCLTHE from Rose Bruford College in London.

In her freelance dance career, she has worked with many international choreographers, directors and companies including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Joe Wright (Anna Karenina), Anh Ngoc Nguyen (Wayne McGregor), Theo Lowe (Hofesh SHechter), H2 Dance, Cameron McMillan (Bonachela Dance), Angela Woodhouse, Colin Poole, Appetite Dance Productions and Joss Arnott Dance.

In connection with her ongoing research, she founded her own dance production company SoBo Productions in 2019 which explores the interrelation of sound and movement in an integrative, abstract and contemporary way.

XE [zi:]

xe, ze, ve, e, te, sie, tho, tey, ey, per, peh, fae...

Language creates awareness and reinforces stereotypes, but what if the words that exist are not enough to describe one's identity? Male, female, both or neither... It is difficult to describe in depth what has long been the reality. Gender queer, fluid, LGBTIQ+, the conservative division of roles based on biological sex is far outdated. However, do our language and co-existence reflect this change?
What effect do words have on us and how does language influence one's gender orientation? How do we experience and perceive people in relation to the pronouns used? How do certain meanings of a word become established and what cultural, political and ethical influence do these have on us and our bodies?

Gender socialisation as a construct of society and the inexhaustible existence of each of us beyond the physical body form the central aspects that are the focus of this project.

Event description:

A trans-disciplinary multimedia dance production and interactive film by Darja Reznikova/

The production and film consists of 7 interrelated parts and was created in collaboration with the artists. The separate scenes can be watched in any order:

XE [zi:] Opening – João Kreth d’Orey

Lost in Translation – Felix Chang

The Living Room – Marco Labellarte and Cecilia Ponteprimo

Deep Blue Sea – Miriam Markl

Re-birth – Anthony Selwyn

Projections – Lorenzo Ponteprimo

The Gathering – Miriam Markl, Lorenzo und Cecilia Ponteprimo, Felix Chang, Anthony Selwyn, Marco Labellarte, João Kreth d’Orey, Sabio Janiak


Sound: Sabio Janiak

Dramaturgy: Angela Wendt

Lighting and set design: Mireille Solomon

Costume design: Susana Florêncio

Technology: AMV Audiomedia

Graphics: Petra Schreiner

Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK - STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Aid Programme Dance.
Furthermore supported and funded by the Kulturamt Mannheim and the Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.

Cooperation partners: Inter-Actions Studios, Dance Professional Mannheim, Theater Felina-Areal and Nachmarkt am Stromwerk.

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