—coproduced by CounterPulse San Francisco and supported by the Goethe Institut San Francisco—
animi motus e.V. & Tim Rubel Human Shakes
September 08 + 09, 2018
Schönhauser Allee 176
Alien depicts members of a fictional human race who have come to a new land seeking refuge from their home country, which is in turmoil. Upon their arrival, they discover how their presence is feared and questioned by many of their new country’s inhabitants.
They also learn how other marginalized communities are viewed by their cultural majorities.
As these newcomers are thrust into an environment of displacement, assimilation and surveillance, they find strength in the their differences and insist on being seen authentically by their new societies. This piece is inspired by stories of immigrants to the United States and Europe, as well as by our own personal stories of being “othered” because of who we are.
In a time when certain political leaders seek to divide people from each other based on their differences, we invite people to have a shared experience of empathy through the transformative power of dance.