Sunrise Sunset departs from the scattered archival materials revolving around the life and work of American dancer and choreographer Fred Herko. A forgotten member of Judson Dance Theater and an amphetamine-driven frequenter of Andy Warhol’s Factory, he famously ended his life with a flamboyant grand jete out the window of an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York.
Performed by Martin Hansen and Przemek Kamiński, Sunrise Sunset revisits Herko’s forgotten and incomplete archive and body of work that sat between the theatrical and the quotidian, between the balletic and the unfinished. Yet, it always carried the excessive, the campy and the neo-romantic at its core.
Sunrise Sunset draws a speculative horizon on which different materials, references and accounts by his peers like Andy Warhol, Jill Johnston, Elaine Summers, Diane di Prima and Herko himself are brought to life, extended and reimagined. Together they form an impressionistic portrait that revisits Herko’s queer utopian spirit of the unfinished, the too-late and the not-yet-there, all between sunrise and sunset – a stretch of radiant glow.
Choreography Przemek Kamiński
Performance Martin Hansen, Przemek Kamiński
Dramaturgical Assistance Tom Engels
Set Design Christopher Füllemann
Light Design Jacqueline Sobiszewski
Costumes Sarah Effenberger / FOMME
Video Imogen Heath
Voice Melanie Jame Wolf
Technical Direction Hanna Kritten Tangsoo
Production Management Ben Mohai
Production Przemek Kamiński
Co-production HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Pawilon, Korporacja Teatralna
Funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Support Tanzfabrik Berlin, TATWERK | Performative Forschung
2020 HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
Photos Dorothea Tuch