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Dance Production

SHIBUI Collective 2023

Artistic direction|Choreography Emi Miyoshi

Dance Anna Kempin, Katharina Ludwig, Marcella Centenero, Davide Degano, Giorgos Michelakis

Production management Anna Kempin

Drums|Percussion Konrad Wiemann

Stage Paula Mierzowsky

Costumes Charlotte Morache

Dramaturgy Monica Gillette

Choreographic assistance Unita Gay Galiluyo

Lighting Natalie Stark

Photo|Video Marc Doradzillo

Press Christine Eyssel | Ida Biegel

Production SHIBUI Collective


In cooperation with E-WERK Freiburg

Supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Freiburg, the Landesverband Freie Tanz- und Theaterschaffende

Baden-Württemberg e.V. with funds from the Ministry for Science, Research and

and Art of the State of Baden-Württemberg, DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, sponsored by

the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of the NEUSTART initiative

KULTUR.Hilfsprogramm Tanz. Made possible by the residency program of the Réseau GRAND LUXE network and the special support of the dance division of Theater Freiburg.



FRIDAY 17.03.2023 | 8pm

Additional performances

SAT 18.03. | 8pm

DO 23.03. || FR 24.03. || SA 25.03. | 8pm

E-WERK Freiburg, Hall

Eschholzstr. 77, 79106 Freiburg

Admission & Advance booking

20,- /15,- Euro (reduced)


BZ-Kartenservice, Kaiser-Joseph-Str. 229, Tel. 0761 496 8888 



The starting point of RESTEP, the new production by Emi Miyoshi and the SHIBUI collective, is the intensive study of folk dances and their comparison on the basis of movement, semantic meaning as well as rhythm. As part of a religious rituals, folk dances allow the practitioners to reflect on collective memories and stories to experience their belonging to a cultural group through collective memories and stories. The basis for this contemporary interpretation are dances from Japan (Nishimonai Bon Odori, Awa Odori from Tokushima), China (folk dance from Dai), the Philippines (Manobo tribal dance) and Turkey (Horon).


Complex step sequences interact with live percussion and drums (Konrad Wiemann). The movement of the five dancers and the beat of the drums interact with each other and influence each other. Through overlaps, shifts and outbursts, different rhythmic melodies emerge. A common pulse develops. RESTEP transfers the multifaceted characteristics, energy and atmosphere of traditional folk dances into a modern and intercultural variant. The movement material derived from the traditional dances is brought into a new cultural and dance context by the choreography and reinterpreted and further developed by the individual movement language of the dancers. In the process, the mechanisms of collective memory are reflected upon and the possibilities and limits of communal and traditional dances are explored.


A special concept in the development of this production is the sustained further development of a longer research process from summer 2022 to December 2022 with various artists at the Theater Freiburg and Südufer Freiburg.

RESTEP Production and Team CV 

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