In SLEEPING BEAUTIES – CHASING GHOSTS six performers go on a hunt for their own dreams and those of the others. On their way through the darkness they encounter all kinds of ghosts, some of them irritatingly strange and some strangely familiar. They give them body and voice, and it can happen that the boundary between dream and reality suddenly has no meaning any longer. Will they awaken from their Sleeping Beauty slumber, and will the world then perhaps be a different place, no longer darkened by the shadow of our wars?
We spend a third of our lifetime asleep. Science still cannot fully explain why. Why we dream while we sleep is also not clear. What is certain is only that dreams refer to what we have experienced while awake, and Sigmund Freud believed that dreams reveal repressed emotions, aggressions and desires as the “royal road to the unconscious”. In any case, dreams are states of consciousness often perceived as tremendously intense. Thus, some dreams remain with us long after we wake up, they are not only a reflection of the reality we experience while awake, dreams themselves often have a great influence on our thoughts, feelings and actions. The examination of this influence and of different interpretations of sleep and dreams is the basis for the development of the dance performance SLEEPING BEAUTIES – CHASING GHOSTS. In an open rehearsal process, children from the Gesundbrunnen Elementary School and surrounding daycare centers helped to find answers to questions about this, questions such as: How do sleep and dreams become visible in awake life, and how do they move our bodies? And how does reality enter our dreams? Why can we sometimes dream with our eyes open? What kind of ghosts come to us while we are dreaming? Do they continue to accompany us even when we are awake, and how can we interact with them? What did Sleeping Beauty dream about during his hundred-year sleep?

The audience is invited to move around the performance space. Strobe lights will be used during the performance. A minimum age of 16 is recommended to attend the performance.

Cast & Crew
Performance: Aaron Carey-Burrows, (Yuri Fortini), Sofia Gousgoula, Maia Joseph, Nikoleta Koutitsa, Davide Lorenzi, (Mohamed Moodimbi Ben Salah), Caspar Sebastian Stuart
Artistic direction, concept and choreography: Kosmas Kosmopoulos
Choreographic assistance: Nikoleta Koutitsa, Davide Lorenzi
Original music: Antonios Palaskas
Costume design: Yiorgos Karapidakis (YioKa)
Technical direction and light design: Andreas Harder
Text and dramaturgical advice: Kai Pichmann
Production management and communication: Fee Josten, Carmen-Maria Jentzsch, Effie Athanasodimitropoulou
Photograpy and documentation: Giovanni Lo Curto

Performances (Resumption on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the institutionalization of the Initiative LUNA PARK as a non-profit association)

_ March 2024
Friday, March 08, 2024, 08:30 pm

Saturday, March 09, 2024, 08:30 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2024, 08:30 pm

Uferstudios (Studio 14), Badstr. 41a, 13357 Berlin

15,00 € / 10,00 € (reduced for Students, trainees, people with disabilities, unemployed persons and Tanzcard holders) available at RESERVIX

_ March 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023, 08:30 pm (Premiere)
Saturday, April 01, 2023, 08:30 pm
Sunday, April 02, 2023, 08:30 pm

Uferstudios (Studio 14), Badstr. 41a, 13357 Berlin

Uferstudios (Studio 1), Badstr. 41a, 13357 Berlin

15,00 € / 10,00 € (reduced for Students, trainees, people with disabilities, unemployed persons and Tanzcard holders) available at RESERVIX

Production & support

A production of Initiative LUNA PARK e.V. and Kosmas Kosmopoulos in cooperation with the Gesundbrunnen Primary School, supported in the frame of the artist residency program “tanz(t)räume” (dance rooms/dreams) funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund (DANCE PACT Local-Regional-National) and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Community, and in the frame of the project fund of QM Badstrasse, and supported as part of a two-week EUNIC dance residency at the Goethe-Institute in Cairo