Have you ever felt strange, displaced and unwelcome? Did you experience a bodily reaction? ALIEN investigates what it means to be an outsider, a visitor, a newcomer to an environment that fears and questions your presence. This contemporary dance work is the first international collaboration between the companies Tim Rubel Human Shakes (TRHS/San Francisco) and Elisabeth Kindler-Abali (Berlin). Both artists are deeply engaged with dance as a tool for social change. ALIEN will be performed by the TRHS dancers and by Ms. Kindler-Abali (animi motus e.V.). It premieres Thursday, June 14, 2018 at CounterPulse in San Francisco and runs through Saturday, June 16.
Elisabeth Kindler-Abali --- Berlin / Germany
Elisabeth Kindler-Abali studied Classical Dance, Contemporary Dance and Improvisation at Palucca University of Dance Dresden in Germany. Here she was part of Palucca Tanzstudio, where she has worked with Rodolpho Leoni. After graduation, Elisabeth began working at Staatstheater Darmstadt, directed by Mei Hong Lin and in 2006 moved to Berlin. Since then, she has been working as a freelance dancer, performing with Oxymoron Dance Company Potsdam, at Musikakademie Rheinsberg, for various choreographers throughout Germany, and in televised music shows. At last she has been working with Epiphany Dance Theater and Tim Rubel Human Shakes, both in San Francisco. She has just formed her own company animi motus e.V. in Berlin.
Tim Rubel --- San Francisco / USA
Tim Rubel is a San Francisco-based dance artist. He received his M.F.A. in Dance/Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside. He has been on the dance faculties of institutions including San Francisco State University, Dancing People Company in Ashland, OR, and currently teaches at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Dance Center. He worked with Fusionworks Dance Company in Providence, RI, Windhover Dance Company in Rockport, MA, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR, and in San Francisco with the David Herrera Performance Company and Epiphany Dance Theater to name a few. He is the Artistic Director of Tim Rubel Human Shakes. In 2013 he became the first ever Artist-in-Residence at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts.
ALIEN is partially funded by a grant from Goethe-Institut San Francisco. JUMEN e.V. – Legal Human Rights Work in Germany has given research support to ALIEN.