Choreographer Kareth Schaffer on contemporary dance in Berlin, and her upcoming performance at the Delphi

The Berlin dance scene is marked by an interest in “discovering how the body works in various situations,” from the theatrical to the social and political, says choreographer Kareth Schaffer. Her upcoming performance at the Delphi, Unheard Of, explores dance in the context of “foley,” the craft of making sound effects for films.

The irony of performing this work in a former silent film theater isn’t lost on Schaffer, who sees humor as a way to dispel the tension around accessibility that contemporary art often faces.

Schaffer speaks with Marlene Melchior about her work, the debates in Berlin around art’s role in gentrification, and the city’s diverse dance scene.

Photo by Dieter Hartwig.