West, North, East, South, which directional points are yours? Launch into an ongoing international exploration in music, word, laughter, performance, image and dance; four evenings of intuitive, fated and chosen bearings.
Hosted by singing poet Sandra Sarala (who’s presenting four different ranging perspectives of musical-poetic-performance forms across the series), and thematically curated around the cardinal points, each multi-disciplinary evening will formally commence with the communal breaking of a circular loaf of homemade bread, uniting all present. Every show has been designed to showcase individual performers, to offer complementary contrasts and interconnections, and will close with collaborative improvisation. Choose your resonant points and bring your good self /selves along.
Thursday 24th WEST
'West, Seeking Balance, and the Balancing East'
Wordy offerings from balancing story-telling time-traveller Skiz-um Hequ, and the poetic eastern tongues of MC Jabber and Moon (Stephen Mooney), while Sandra Sarala explores the maze and dark mystery of Western life alongside wildcard Wests, singer of sweetness Cera Impala, musician/video artist Peter Newman, and concert pianist Kim Hye Jin, taking us to her west with Rachmaninoff.
Friday 25th NORTH
‘North and a Balancing South’
Touch your philosophy with spoken word from mr oCean and Anja Zeilinger, some storytelling and a touch of song from Kerri Mullen, music and candlelight from Wasp Summer, bridge Lieder and the avant-garde with Alexis Baker, and be danced towards love, joy and melancholy by (India-born) Southerner Manish Pathak. Sandra Sarala takes up alter-ego Loki as host.
Saturday 26th EAST
'East with a Rogue West'
Well-considered words from several stalwarts of Berlin’s literati – spoken word mega-presence Lady Gaby aka Gaby Bila-Gunter, and poets Alistair Noon and Frank Alkämper, the latter in confluence upon ‘Ausgerechnet Armenien’ (‘Ironically, Armenia) with musicians Michael Gross and Leonid Soybelman (rogue West in the East!). Sandra Sarala heads for the archaic folksong hills, someone lets Volcanick, the hairiest oriental belly-dancer in town, into the house, and special rules come into play this evening for special guest, intuitive singer AlinK.Sarit, bussing over from Poland… which may have a little something to do with film from Marta Jurkowska.
Sunday 27th SOUTH
‘South with a Deliberately Contrary North’
Verbal dexterity in the shining poetry-stories of Claudia Emmingham, dextrous lunacy from singer, songwriter and comedian David Cassel, and electro-art-pop duo Trike (Xania Keane and Stephen Paul Taylor), some measure of Northern contrariness from performance artist Daniela Gast, and a sprinkling on the ivories from composer and pianist Phil Cooksey, also in collaboration upon the southern seas with lyric poetry from Sandra Sarala.
Berlin COMPASS: Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 November, 2011, Club der polnischen Versager, Ackerstraße 168 (next to Schokoladen), 10115 Berlin, (U8 Rosenthaler Platz)
Doors open 20:15, Doors close and bread-breaking begins 20:45
Entry: 8 euros, and an extra special collection on Saturday night.