(Netherlands / Germany)

“Breathtaking” is a “concert” for a body. Turning his body into a musical instrument, Tian Rotevel unfolds the sound in the room creating listening effect while choreographing the audience’s attention. 

Compositions from the Late Renaissance period are played while performer’s gestures and movements are making his way through the dilemmas of meaningful and useless, music and dance, pleasure and failure, private and public. Like a Möbius strip, “Breathtaking” holds the audience on a surface where the movement affects the sound, and the sound affects the movement, while their integrity cannot be disturbed.

Tian Rotteveel is a Berlin based composer, performer and dance maker, studied music composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and dance and choreography at HZT UDK Berlin. Often applying the term “self-compositions” and following the odd logic of sound in the making of dances. Sound and movement in his work are both processes that can turn into meaning but as well can materialize into mere sensation. His performance work “SoulSqueezing” in 2011 made way into the international dance field, presenting sound and movement as an intertwined art-practice. “SoulSqeezing” extensively toured worldwide from 2011 to 2016. 

He is one of the participants in the PACT Fellowship Program from 2020-2022. Tian is working in close collaboration with Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Diego Gil, Hermann Heisig and Jeanine Durning. His musical compositions have been performed by music ensembles, such as MAE Chamber Orchestra, Rosas Ensemble, Post and Mulder and others. He worked as composer and/or performer for choreographers such as Jeremy Wade, Dragana Bulut, Elpida Orfanidou, Martin Nachbar, Canduco Dance Company and others.

The international programme of the festival for contemporary dance and performance “Antistatic” 2023 is organised by the “Brain Store Project” Foundation and “Nomad Dance Academy Bulgaria”, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture, National Culture Fund under the “Program for Recovery and Development of Private Cultural Organizations”, Goethe-Institut Bulgarien, Sofia Municipality – Calendar of Cultural Events and Polish Institute in Sofia, and in partnership with RCCA “Topocentrala” and “Derida” Stage.