Small Space, Big Dance: ada Studio
Tucked away in studio 7 of Uferstudios, ada Studio holds a special place in my heart, as the first venue in Berlin to have shown my choreographic work.
The theatee provides this service for many dance artists in this city, and is thus rightly perceived as a mainstay for emerging dance artists here. The regular evening programme is composed of several different performance series: "S.o.S. – Students on Stage”; "10 times 6" (10 pieces, each a maximum of 6 minutes); and "Nah Dran", usually a double or triple bill of shorter choreographic works. These familiar and repeating formats help to balance out the grab-bag mix of the new names, aesthetics, and bodies crossing the stage. Shows are usually sold out (not surprising giving a maximum seating capacity of maybe 45 people!). I am always pleasantly surprised at the number of regulars the audience contains: audience members, many from Wedding, who come to ada Studio in order to support new work, without necessarily knowing anyone performing on the stage. This feels like a rarity in Berlin, and not only in the smaller theaters. Curator Gabi Beier—who, in addition to providing dramaturgical and moral support to the artists, also works the box office, the concessions, and the entrance—plays a central role in this low-key but professional operation. The tiny theater also encourages dance journalism with its "Studio Schreiber” programme: each year, one writer goes to every show put on in ada studios, and writes about them on the website.
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