We are thrilled to announce our final program for this SUBMERGE Festival 2020 this summer!


Keep your dates free for workshops and performances with:

 Jonathan Burrows, 
 Dennis Deter & Lea Martini, 
 Yasmeen Godder, Jeremy Wade, 
 and guests! 

This summer  Lake Studios  hosts the 4th edition of an intensive festival dedicated to submerging into specific performance works of our invited dance artists. The workshops are conceived as embodied »re-creative« labs into the making of these pieces. The artists will share their creative processes, movement techniques, choreographic / improvisational methods, and conceptual journeys through the crafting of their works. Workshop participants also receive a free ticket to the performance – giving them a full experience from inside to out.

JULY 7 - AUGUST 15, 2020


September 7 - 10         - Jonathan Burrows

Aug 31 - Sept 3       - Jeremy Wade

August 17 - 20       - Choreographers' Lab (Free Workshops)

August 24 - 27       - Choreographers' Lab (Free Workshops)

August 3 - 6      - Yasmeen Godder

August 10 - 13 - Lea Martini & Dennis Deter


August 8, 20:30    - Yasmeen Godder & Company: Practicing Empathy

August 15, 18:00 - Lea Martini & Dennis Deter: Eine Geschichte der Welt
                                    (for audiences ages 6 years and up)

August 29, 20:30    - Choreographer's Evening: 4 Works

September 5, 20:30       - Jeremy Wade : Love Is Not Romance, honey!

September 11, 20:30       - Jonathan Burrows: Rewriting

September 12, 20:30       - Jonathan Burrows: Rewriting


WORKSHOPS include a ticket to the performance:
160€ EARLY BIRD* / 190€ NORMAL

* sign up and pay a 100€ nonrefundable deposit per workshop by May 24



2nd workshop: 140€ EB / 170€

3rd workshop: 120€ EB / 150€

Festival Pass: 540€ EB / 660€


FREE – Please send motivation letter & CV to apply.




10€ CHILDREN (6-16)


Workshop registration, ticket reservations, & questions:


Disruption, Excess, Hyper Vulnerability, Critical Care - Jeremy Wade is an extreme performer and performance maker with an extensive practice of curating and teaching to boot. After graduating from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 2000 and receiving a Bessie Award for his first evening length performance »Glory,« at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City in 2006, he moved to Berlin and since then works in close collaboration with the Hebbel Theater as well as Gessnerallee, Zurich. His alter ego, The Battlefield Nurse, is the founder and a co-host of a disability allied project called The Future Clinic for Critical Care.

www.jeremywade.de | www.futureclinic.org




The honeymoon is over! Can we rewrite all the shit stories around love? Where is love? At the moment it seems mired in sticky romance and cheap lockets that bind its potential in the incestuous circle of normative relations and the machine of social reproduction. We need love to serve as a force of interdependence with intimate strangers and all earthly creatures. Sing it!! Jeremy Wade’s 5000 year old Battlefield Nurse alter ego will lead a participatory intervention, a fake political ritual repositioning love as a hyper relational ethic. Side effects may include quitting your job, becoming a social worker and wielding love as a force that can bring all of us strangers together better on the battlefield.

Creation and Performance: Jeremy Wade | Costume: Claudia Hill | Performance supported in part by Beurschouwburg, Brussels and HKW, Berlin

SEPTEMBER 5, 20:30H | TICKETS: 16/12/10 €




As a performer, performance maker, teacher and someone committed to social practices I have given birth to a lot of threshold keeping/caretaking characters in the last years. Most of them are situated in a dystopic scape I like to call »now on crack« where »No one will help you no matter how loud you scream.« These Battlefield Nurses work to dream otherwise about less violent futures. This workshop will focus on »The Caretaker,« from »The Clearing« 2019, a future nomadic precarious gig economy worker who uses a series of hallucinatory procedures to dismantle reality, evoke solidarity and address the forces / structures that are making us sick. The Caretaker’s work is to write new myths, new conceptions of space and new narratives so that future clearings might occur. Please join me in a joyous recon- textualization of practices, characters, fictions and emergent strategies of queer repair.


YASMEEN GODDER was born in Jerusalem and raised in New York City. She moved back to Israel in 1999, and has been based there since. Internationally her work is been presented extensively at venues such as Lincoln Center Festival, Tokyo International Festival, HAU in Berlin, the Place Theater in London, Montpellier Dance Festival in France, Kunstenfestdesarts in Brussels, the Sydney Opera House and many more.
Yasmeen is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Bessie Award, NY in 2001, The Israeli Ministry of Cultural Affairs prizes for choreographer and company, the Rabinovich Foundation Award, the Tel-Aviv Municipality’s Rosen- blum Prize, the Lottery’s »Landau Prize« among others. In 2007, the Yasmeen Godder Studio has been opened in Jaffa, a home for all of her activity and projects.






Since 2015, the Yasmeen Godder Company has been researching the notion of emotional connectivity between strangers as well as within communities. Each of these themes was approached as societal phenomena via the art of performance, using the dance medium’s codes and pre-conceptions as starting points for exploration.
»Practicing Empathy #1« focuses on the relationship and connectivity of the performers as they delve into a score of repetitive physical and vocal rituals, which exposes their inner emotional landscapes. They play with creating an environment where empathy can be ex- plored as a way to support, encourage, and react to the depth and complexity of their own and other’s needs and expressions.
»Practicing Empathy #2« will shift the focus from the performers to the audience and look at what arises when the experience on stage is shared with others. The quest in this journey will be a collaborative search for collective and infectious practices that disarms fears and invites the public to join the performers.

Creation, Choreography: Yasmeen Godder | Dramaturgy: Itzik Giuli, Monica Gillette | Dancers: Ortal Atsbaha, Or Ashkenazi, Carmel Ben-Asher, Ari Teperberg, Tamar Kisch, Nir Vidan | Sound Design: Tomer Damsky and Lior Pinsky | Scenography and Lighting: Omer Sheizaf | Costumes design #1: Hila Shapira | Costumes design #2: Tamar Ben Canaan | Photography: Tamar Lamm | Production: Omer Alsheich | Administration: Zohar Eshel-Acco | Co-production: Tanzhaus nrw and in collaboration with CSC - Centro per la Scena Contemporanea

AUGUST 8, 20:30H | TICKETS: 16/12/10 €




The workshop will be based on Godder’s last research project »Practicing Empathy«, from which she will share different approaches and practices and seek to discover new ones as well. Each class will begin with a release-based warmup and will continue into a shared research, involving improvisation, and using a variety of tools which have evolved over the years in Godder’s processes.

AUGUST 3 - 6, 10 - 16H | WORKSHOP COSTS: 190€

DENNIS DETER lives and works in Berlin as a performer, choreographer and dramaturg. His interest lies in the presence of fictional and real bodies, as well as in adaptations of basic animation methods, movie techniques and concerts for the stage. Next to working in theatre Dennis is part of the international performance-band John The Houseband and plays Bass in the acclaimed Rock-Trio Kala Brisella. | www.determueller.com


LEA MARTINI works internationally in the field of dance making / transmitting / performing. Berlin is her home- base. Attracted by intense physicalities she started out by learning gymnastics and later found her way into the world of contemporary dance. Pieces she‘s part of – often created in collective structures- are physical approaches and realization of socio-political issues. In her work, she looks for new perspectives through moments of contem- plating and experiencing together.





The history of the beginning of everything oscillates between chaos and order- from the tiniest molecules to the biggest planets, from jumping dinosaurs to dancing suns.
But what is it all made of- a nutshell, a rib, sparks of stardust? And what did it all start with- with a word, a crash, a moment of perfect silence?
In a megalomanic approach, three performers attempt to embody events of a galactical and highly speculative nature. Using their bodies, DIY objects and the trash behind the scenes, they indulge in the pleasure of feeding their imagination. Stories and perspectives are diversified, friable, unfolded into multitudes. What could be the Big Bang happens in engross- ing deceleration, what could be told as one story, becomes many more. The performance invites you to make yourself comfortable in the poetry of inconsistent images, to dive into reflection on worlds that surround us and that we are at the same time innermost part of.


Concept: Lea Martini, Dennis Deter | Performance and Choreography: Johanna Ackva, Dennis Deter, Lea Martini | Stage and Costumes: Filomena Krause | Music: Theresa Stroetges | Light: Benjamin Schälicke | Technical direction: Jonas Ehler | Mentoring: Amelie Mallmann

AUGUST 15, 18H | TICKETS: 16/12/10 €




The workshop reviews games, exercises, and conversations used within the development of the piece Eine Geschichte der Welt. We look for intersections between fiction and physicality, between creating text and imagination and movement research that asks for creatures we don‘t know of yet. During the creation process, we met several times with children from elementary school who contributed to the piece. We wish to transmit their spirit of curiosity, joy, and unpredictability within this workshop and are looking forward to all get bathed into magic cream as a start for our own performative journey.

* Workshop taught by Lea Martini and Johana Ackva

AUGUST 10 - 13, 10 - 16H | WORKSHOP COSTS: 190€

JONATHAN BURROWS is a choreographer whose main focus is an ongoing body of pieces with the composer Matteo Fargion, with whom he continues to perform around the world. The two men are co-produced by PACT Zoll- verein Essen, Sadler’s Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen. His ‘A Choreographer’s Handbook’ has sold over 15,000 copies since its publication in 2010, and is available from Routledge Publishing. Burrows is cur- rently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.






Of what does the practice of choreographing consist? In Rewriting, Jonathan Burrows at- tempts – by turns hesitantly and exuberantly – to map out the unknown territory known as choreography. On the one hand, he starts from a performance that took him two years to make but which he has never presented to an audience before, and on the other, he uses passages from his book A Choreographers’ Handbook (2010). In contrast to the dominant model, which assumes that a successful production is the result of a fixed, predetermined idea, Burrows proposes a practice of a slow, coincidental accumulation of meanings that emerges during the work itself. He likes to quote Mette Edvardsen, who describes her own work as ‘the dust that accumulates through the working’.

Made and performed by Jonathan Burrows | Jonathan Burrows is supported by PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler‘s Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen.

SEPTEMBER 11 & 12, 20:30H | TICKETS: 16/12/10 €




Jonathan Burrows leads a workshop looking at questions of how to balance the many and overlapping elements at play in the making of a performance, including concept, context, image, form, dramaturgy, materials and daily practice. The workshop will be a mixture of practical work and discussion, with the aim of allowing each person to re-examine how they approach their own work and practice.

SEPTEMBER 7 - 10, 11 - 17H | WORKSHOP COSTS: 190€




Four choreographers will lead a workshop lab in relation to their work. They will also present these works in a shared performance evening on August 1st.

Selected choreographers will be announced by April 1st.
Workshops will be offered free of costs. Some prior experience in dance/performance/choreography required for all workshop participants.


Registration required – please send CV and motivation letter to: submergefestival@gmail.com


August 17 & 18 - Workshop A
August 19 & 20 - Workshop B
August 24 & 25 - Workshop C
August26 & 27 - Workshop D

August 17-20/24-27, 10-16H | FREE OF CHARGE

 OPEN CALL - Choreographers for SUBMERGE festival 2020 


We are looking for 4 choreographers to participate in a choreographer's lab during SUBMERGE Festival during the period August 17 - August 29sth, 2020. Participation is paid.

We invite four Berlin based choreographers to join us within the format of the Submerge festival. Asked of you will be a 10 – 20 minute (+/-) performance and teaching a related 2 day workshop about the creative process of that work. The workshops will be offered free of charge to the dance community. The performance will be part of the regular festival programming on August 29th.

Please check details here to understand the context of the festival.

Dates: Workshops: 17/18 August, 19/20 August, 24/25 August, 26/27 August
Tech Day/ Performance: August 28th (Tech day) & August 28th (Performance)

Payment: 600€ per choreographer,

TO APPLY: Please send the application form and your CV

Deadline: 15 June | Notification of acceptance by: June 20

SEND TO: submergefestival@gmail.com




The four choreographers from our Lab workshops will present their works in a shared performance evening.

AUGUST 29, 20:30H | TICKETS: 16/12/10 €



July 7th - August 15th, 2020


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