Performing Berlin. The Theater and Dance Scenes

Sponsored by Bing Overseas Studies Program


Tuesday, April 13, 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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Stanford and BOSP Alumni Carly Lave and Noémi Berkowitz discuss the experimental Berlin performance scene through their work as artists in the fields of dance and theater. Carly (Class of '15, Stanford in Berlin '13) dives into her works at the intersection of dance with technologies like motion capture and VR, and producing art during CoViD. Noémi (Class of '16, Stanford in Berlin '15) examines the differences between commercial American theater and the German theater scenes as she takes us through her work at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Münchner Kammerspiele, and beyond. She explores questions relating to political theater, international multilingual work, and accessibility in the German theater scene.

Noémi Berkowitz (she/they) is a Polish-American actor and director. In her work, she seeks to explore connection, identity, and the human condition through aesthetically vivid theatrical experiences. She graduated Stanford with a B.A. in Theater and Psychology, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and earned the Eleanor Prosser Prize for Excellence in Theater for her honors thesis re-imagining class and gender in Macbeth and playing Lady Macbeth. Directing work at Stanford includes The Vagina Monologues, Proof, and The Real World: Stanford. Since graduating, Noémi has worked as a resident assistant director at the Maxim Gorki Theater, where she directed a self-written piece, Movement of Freedom, about individuals trapped at borders across the globe. She has also written and directed work at English Theater Berlin and Festivalt in Krakow, an alternative Jewish Polish festival. Currently, she works as a resident assistant director at the Münchner Kammerspiele, with an upcoming directing project in 2022, and as a freelance translator and actor.

Carly Lave is an American choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. Her work seeks to question the self and personal subjectivity through movement. She holds a BA in American Studies and Dance from Stanford University where she trained with Alex Ketley, Robert Moses, Bobbi Jene Smith, Diane Frank and Muriel Maffre among others. She was a 2018-2019 US Fulbright Fellow to Germany (in residency with Tanzfabrik Berlin) developing dance with motion-capture technology and Virtual Reality. Her work furthers the human engagement with technology, pushing the boundary of what dance can reveal about the human condition in the 21st century. Currently she is developing an international dance workshop series titled Golem-Labor with the Goethe Institute which works with motion capture technology and movement. Her work has been commissioned by the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, shown at Uferstudios and Tanzfabrik Berlin; she has also given lectures on art+tech at the Republica Digital Technology conference, and Stanford University, Cottbus Technical University Lüneberg University, and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. She previously worked in San Francisco, California, where her work appeared in theatres including ODC San Francisco, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Joe Goode Annex.