»Between Music and Dance« Collaboration Chat with Anna Neubert (and Carla Jordão & Timm Roller)

Photos: Rebecca ter Braak (top), Julia Franken (bottom)

Where do free experimental music and dance scenes in Cologne intertwine and who collaborates with whom and on which topics? In February Anna Neubert, violinist of Ensemble uBu and concert director, talks with Carla Jordão and Timm Roller of SPECIES Group, Silvia Ehnis and Vincent Michalke of TachoTinta and Elsa Artmann and Annie Bloch of ArtmannDuvoisin.

SPECIES is a Cologne-based Dance Company, creating works for moving bodies. The group of artists, formed around choreographer Carla Jordão, explore the human body as a fragile composite of its surroundings and inner life: Social structures, cultural traditions, symbiotic coexistence and parasitic afflictions. In their work, SPECIES bring together the singular inscription of life in every-body, to the specific universal situation that we all live in. In that, no-body is replaceable.
SPECIES blooms from the strong artistic vision of the choreographer Carla Jordão and the musician Timm Roller, whose collaborative work has been closely developing since 2018.The group is currently focused on UNIVERSAL – a series of pieces, exploring the impact of multiple social circumstances on the human body. The first piece of the series, A UNIVERSAL WEAKNESS, has been awarded with the Kölner Tanztheaterpreis 2019.

As violinist, master of disaster of ensemble uBu or accomplice of other artists, Anna Neubert plays, directs and infiltrates concert settings, so far to be experienced at the Schwetzinger Festspiele, AchtBrücken Festival, Bundeskunsthalle and Beethovenhaus Bonn, Villa Massimo Rome, also in various culture bunkers and day-care centers. She has directed numerous concert projects, most recently for the INTERVALL series of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
Since 2020, she has been researching the interfaces between music and weaving art as part of the »Weaving Concerts« with textile artist Nicole Kiersz. Furthermore, she can be experienced as a violinist and performer in concerts of electronicID, in productions of the Junge Oper am Rhein, in duo with guitarist Leonhard Spies and together with soprano Marie Heeschen in a staged version of G. Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments. Anna Neubert studied violin and contemporary music in Cologne and Paris.

Every month, the ON Podcast offers a new perspective from the independent scene in Cologne. What it’s about and who gets a word is in the hands of the presenter: in two episodes they give insights into the life and work of the experimental music scene and let you participate with conversations, stories or music.

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