Katia Engel


Wälder / Hutan – close up of ancient forests (wt)


With this work Katia Engel and her collaborators bring together the biophonies of various natural landscapes, pointing at their cultural relevance in times of climate collapse and loss of biodiversity all around the world.

They invite their audience to a deep listening, of calls and vocalizations, rituals and conversations among the non-humans inhabitants of familiar and unfamiliar forests.
Through dance they offer their personal memories and connection to these endangered poly- rhythms, allowing their audience to become aware of their own personal connection to and memories of the forest.

– Michela Filzi, published in STREAM Live Art Writing, June 2023

What does the sound of a forest reveal about our human existence? Can the complex biophonies of forests be considered a part of our collective body memory? Are there acoustic relationships between different animal species that transcend beyond its sonic realm? How do some animal species manage to communicate completely isochronous (at constant intervals in time) over a long period of time? How do the indigenous people align themselves to be in tune with the forest they live in?

An international team of dancers, choreographers and sound artists (Berlin/Indonesia) ask themselves these questions while listening to the polyrhythms of sound recordings of different forests. In a collective process in Berlin and Indonesia, this  artistic team explores the sound recordings of forests in Indonesia and Germany in respect to their personal responses and memories vis-a-vis those sentiments connected to their cultural background, i.e. forest mythology and ritual dances.

The sound installation and dance performance reveals the personal and collective resonances of the team and allows the audience to experience the regularities and connections of these extraordinary biophonies.

work-in-progress Wälder-Hutan:
Kunstquartier Bethanien Berlin, March-April 2023
Premiere in Indonesia: 2024

Artistic Team:

Ari Ersandi – Choreography, Dance, Sound Recordings

Katia Engel – Chreography, Concept, Sound Recordings

Dancers (Indonesian based) – TBA

Polett Kasza – Dance

Felix-Florian Tödtloff – Sound Design

Dramaturgy: Helly Minarti, Katja Wiegand

Production management: Katja Wiegand

PR: Apricot Productions

Funded by:
Intl Coproduction Fond Goethe Institute
Fond Darstellende Kunst
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

in partnership with:
Borneo Nature Foundation
Universitas Muhammadiyah Palangkaraya-Unit KHDTK