Foreplay presents: Tian Rotteveel

Foreplay is Agora’s on going performance series. The primary intention of Foreplay is to create proximity between the audience and the work of the performer/choreographer.

Foreplay performances are preceded by a carefully prepared dinner situation designed collaboratively by the guest artist and one of Agora Food’s chefs (Agora’s new food platform, that supports 7  chefs in residency). This food experience is the opportunity for the artist to approach his/her work in a new format, re-articulating it into the language of taste and texture.

On Foreplay 29th of August Tian Rotteveel will bring parts of his current research “Hardcore” into Agora.. Elements and principles of what he has being doing in the work will be shared in a concert-like constellation of events in combination, as well as in the collaboration with the different courses of the culinary of Caique Tizzi.

Hardcore started recently departing from ideas and mechanisms of Hardcore music and translate them into body practices and modes of music making. Hardcore having multifarious music styles called like Deepcore, Grindcore, Datacore, Analogcore and so on. Each in their kind functions as an approach to the core of the listener and the materiality in itself. Like Metalcore is something related to the use of metal in instruments, creating a mix of sound and power of metal. Or for instance Datacore, using only raw digital computer data translated into sound to permeate a listener. So the idea becomes possible to semi-literal passing materiality through the body, like metal, data, analogue signals and so on. The research Hardcore could also stand for: “To experience something raw”.

We want to subtract these functions and behavior of hardcore music and reformulated them into bodily practices and modes of music making. Perhaps to learn how to make things raw again?


Concept, choreography, performance: Tian Rotteveel

Co-interest, choreography and performance: Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Antonio Onio.

Music: Tian Rotteveel, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Antonio Onio.


Tian Rotteveel (1984) studied music composition in Holland (2002-2009)at both Royal Conservatory of Holland in the Hague and Utrecht Conservatory and came to Berlin in 2010 to study choreography and dance at HZT-UDK Berlin and graduated in 2014. Having created both musical and choreographic work over the years, and all committing to the practice of movement, sound and language as one intertwined practice. Music and movement in his work is a process that can materialize into meaning but also into sheer sensation operating in the  sensible and empirical world. He is strongly interested  in the possibilities of life rather then the limitations of life. His works can been seen in theaters and concert venues in Europe and the US, such as Chocolote Factory NYC, Frascati Theatre Amsterdam, Hetveem Theater Amsterdam, Hebbel am Ufer Theatre Berlin, Sophiensaele. His performance work Soulsqueezing (2011) has toured extensively over the last 3 years and combines both his performance and musical work. Furthermore been collaborating with MAE- Chamber Orchestra, Rosa Ensemble, David Hernandez, Diego Gil, Lea Martini, David Zambrano, Jeremy Wade, Tino Sehgal, Christoph Winkler, Liat Waysbort, and others. Tian teaches voice movement research. Previously to SEAD dance academy, Meg Stuarts/Damaged Goods, Dampfzentrale Bern, Antistatic Festival Sofia, Plezna Izba Maribor Slovenia and others.


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First Course
Ayers rock watermelon with alpine feta-wasabi and touches of crystalized mint

Second Course
Silvery trout on herbs and seasonal flowers with sweet potato and avocado mountain and hills of smashed red-beet and cinnamon

Third Course
Dulce de leche chili lime



Friday, August 29th  -  7pm

Agora, Mittelweg 50, Neukölln

Dinner and performance – 20Euros (prior payment) / 25 euros (payment on arrival)

For any further information, please contact : marcela@agoracollective.org

Eventbrite - Foreplay with Tian Rotteveel


Date: August 13, 2014