Michael Turinsky


Part of “NO LIMITS Festival Berlin” 


English phonetic language /  approx. 70 Min.

Dirty, landed on the ground and at the same time longing for our origins in the water. Hatching, slippery, sunbeams tickle the belly. What might it mean to glimpse the preciousness of life in those “lesser” layers of experience sealed beneath the concrete of civilisation?

Drawing on personal experiences connected to his physical disability, Michael Turinsky outlines a utopia of the human that opposes the upright, civilised, endlessly productive and – precisely because of this – endlessly destructive body with one that is close to the ground, cyclical, pulsating and metabolic. In “Soiled”, this very body is asserted as a profoundly human one – a body that savours its own organicity with pleasure, a body that dives into the dark pool of early memories and precisely from there, the unifying milieu of a burgeoning new community.


Choreography: Michael Turinsky / Performers, choreographic collaboration: David Bloom, Sophia Neises, Liv Schellander / Music: Tian Rotteveel / Audio description: Monique Smith-McDowell / Stage, costume: Jenny Schleif / Lighting, technical direction: Benjamin Maier / Dramaturgical advisor: Gabrielle Cram / Creative collaborator: Tanja Erhart / Production: Anna Gräsel


  • Past
    Mon 14.11.2022, 20:30 / HAU2
    Tue 15.11.2022, 19:00 / HAU2

Combi Ticket: 3 events for 30,00 €, reduced 20,00 € (free choice 9.–19.11., only for events at HAU Hebbel am Ufer)

After the show on 14.11.: Artist talk, moderation: Astrid Kaminski

14.11., 19:30 and 15.11., 18:00: tactile tour
 A tactile tour for blind and visually impaired audiences is offered 60 minutes before the start of each performance. Visitors can feel the stage set and get in touch with the performers. The tactile tour can take place in German or English and lasts a maximum of 30 minutes. Please register by 11.11. at

For all visitors who need more freedom of movement and comfort to be able to follow the performance in a relaxed manner, extra reserved seats (“alternative seating”) are available in limited capacity. To make a reservation request for the “alternative seating”, please contact

Live audio description
During the performance there will be a live audio description in English. It is part of the artistic concept and will be played along with the music on stage. 
Visitor information
The first part of the performance (approx. 25 minutes) takes place in the dark. Later, beat-heavy music will be used. NO strobe lights will be used. The performers are upper body free. During the performance, a strong smell of pumpkin seed oil will spread.


Production: Michael Turinsky / Verein für philosophische Praxis. Co-production: Kampnagel Hamburg, Tanzquartier Wien, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, PACT Zollverein Essen, Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, Hessisches Staatsballett im Rahmen der Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. Made possible by: Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain. Supported by: Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst und der Stiftungsallianz [Aventis Foundation, BHF BANK Stiftung, Crespo Foundation, Hans Erich und Marie Elfriede Dotter-Stiftung, Dr. Marschner Stiftung, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main]. Stadt Wien. Thanks to: Gervasi Tanz Company.


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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