Ewa Bańkowska, Begüm Erciyas
Ewa Bańkowska, Jenny Beyer and Sigurdur Arent Jonsson
Jetzmann and Lucas Dietrich
K3 - Center for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg
with the support of
“Ballroom” was created as part of LOOPING, project developed by Uzès danse CDC, with the partnership of TanzWerkstatt Berlin and O Espaço do Tempo, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
thanks to Bojana Kunst, Marcus Dross, Valentina Desideri, Paula Caspao, Sweet and Tender Collaborations
Ping pong balls have mostly similar physicality. They weigh around 2.7 grams, and are 40 mm in diameter. They can take distance, by rolling along the floor, by flying in a curve-like movement or by leaping through the space. Once dropped from 30 cm they only rise up 23 cm. On each bounce the height decreases according to this coefficient, until they cannot rise off the floor anymore. However, the specificities of the bounce depend largely on the ground surface. On the right dance floor they produce a hollow staccato sound on each touch. They are highly dependent on the strength of the initiating force that gives them the strength to fight friction. Eventually, due to the friction between them, the ground and the air, they come to a stop. Once they are in groups they behave unpredictably, and, sometimes, they deviate from their original trajectory.
Begüm Erciyas, born 1982 in Ankara / Turkey, involved into choreographic practices, lives and works in Berlin since 2010. While studying molecular biology and genetics in Ankara, Begüm Erciyas was engaged in various dance projects in Turkey and became part of [laboratuar], a performing arts research and project group. Later, she studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria and received the DanceWeb scholarship in 2006. Since then, she has been an active member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations, taking part in several collaborative and collective projects and meetings. She was artist-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2007/08, at K3- Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg in 2009 and at the TanzWerkstatt Berlin in 2011. In 2012 she received stipends from the Berliner Senat and the Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin.
Her most recent pieces are Ballroom (presented in the frame of EU project LOOPING 2010), The Lake (premiere Kampnagel Hamburg, 2011), MATCH (premiere Tanz im August Festival Berlin, 2011) and this piece is still to come (Kampnagel Hamburg, 2012)