Created and performed by Frank Willens. Guest musician: Klaus Janek
… or this is probably going to be a downer, or in lieu of addressing insurmountable graver circumstances, or best to keep on believing, or giddy-up, cowboy, or too old to be new, or some more rituals from the discarded catalogue…the title can change, but nothing is to be taken for granted…that’s another possibility, nothing is to be taken for granted. 60 Minutes towards being here is an encounter with the moment. It is a negotiation between fixed material and an ever-evolving situation whose conditions can’t be ignored, a composition between a performer and a musician. Frank Willens sets the alarm for one hour and investigates the vast multiplicity of the given condition.
The native Californian Frank Willens has been living and working in Berlin since 2003. He discovered dance at UC Berkeley, and has been working on a variety of productions ever since, including: two world tours with Paul McCartney, Notre Dame de Paris on stage in Las Vegas, and in Berlin he has collaborated with numerous choreographers and directors including Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Boris Charmatz, Laurent Chétouane, Falk Richter, and Peter Stamer. He has worked with Tino Sehgal since 2006, and in summer 2012 he headed the work "This Variation" at the documenta (13) and was also part of "Yet Untitled" at the Biennale in Venice. In 2008 he was awarded Best Actor at the Dortmund Favoriten Festival for his solo in Bildbeschreibung von Heiner Müller; in 2011 he received a grant from the Berlin Senate to conduct performative research on the streets of San Francisco. In 2013 he danced in Tino Sehgal’s (ohne Titel)(untitled), which was premiered at HAU Hebbel am Ufer as part of Tanz im August. His latest solo sixty minutes towards being here or what we can do until we do what we can do premiered in January 2017 at the Dock 11 in Berlin. He is a guest artist at the Schaubühne in the production FEAR and from September 2017 an ensemble member at the Volksbühne in Berlin as well as a guest in Schauspiel Hamburg. His own projects include Schweigstück (2011), Towards Another Miraculous (2014), as well as a contribution to X-Firmen at the Theater der Welt Festival in Mannheim in 2015. In September 2016, he headed a research lab at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. His works have been shown throughout Europe.
Please note: Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. NO RSVP needed.
Presented with support from the Getting To Know Europe program, awarded by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States