grapeshade #39 – 42#December, 2014
…is dedicated to expanding the relationship between music/sound, dance/movement improvisation and real time composition.
The group searches the balance between all those elements where nether the music nor the dance takes the lead role eliminating the usual tendency of one becoming an accompaniment. Grapeshade focuses on wide range of tasks that shape each performance – response/repetition, reaction/ignorance towards individual impulse, minimalism/reduction, fragmentation, symbiosis, interruption, disturbance, and various other ways of transforming the present momentum into an alternative artistic form. The members of the group have also worked together in different constellations with other artists, among those Jörg Lukas Matthaei, Louise Wagner, Carlos Bustamante, Alexandru Pasca.
Based in Berlin, started exploring the small alternative spaces in the city in 2009, among those are Sowieso, Ausland, Farbfernseher, Ms Hecker, Exploratorium, Quite Cue, Wendel, Galerie Mazzoli, Lichtblick Kino, LaborGras, shared continuously their work with the music and dance followers in informal settings making most of their gatherings public, developed strong interest for site specific performances and started touring (Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Turkey), performed in a natural cave, old water tower, billiard hall, movie theater, bookshop, on stage at Radial System V, outdoors at Tempelhof, also at the Elias Canetti Center and the Watertower Festival in Bulgaria with support from the Goethe Institut.