The Wandering

The Wandering, as stream-of-consciousness opera, takes its libretto directly from the text of Ulysses by extracting and assembling sentences and phrases into pieces of a puzzle to express the themes of the book and the opera, as Joyce did with the Odyssey, the Bible, and all the literature and language referenced to create his story of one day wandering the streets of Dublin. With the same irreverence is Ulysses transformed into a walking tone-poem on the migration of the human being through life in search of meaning. The cast is a Greek chorus of refugees from the modern and ancient world, all in need of love and shelter, each wandering the audience, performing in their own world. Together they are the Wandering Rocks, the phrase taken from the book, as is every single word of the opera, down to the title.

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Hashtag Project

A provocative theatrical experiment in the creation of extremist movements and online protests. From #diplomacy to online terrorism, algorithms used by social media sites have created powerful ways to gather critical support, and sometimes, to manipulate it.

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A collaborative project with Roma and non-Roma artists and communities exploring the poetics and politics of Roma diaspora across Europe by collecting and presenting true stories of asylum seekers coming from Novi Sad through Budapest to Berlin.

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2013 – 2017 / International

Meeting the Odyssey is a social and artistic collaboration project with 14 partners: a ship that will travel from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean, every summer from 2014-2016, with stops in 12 different countries and more than 100 performances. European artists of different cultural and artistic backgrounds will live and work together on board. The journey itself is an Odyssey.

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March, September 2013 / Calgary, Canada

Brina Stinehelfer / Per Aspera Productions is collaborating on the project Making Treaty 7 in Alberta, Canada.Making Treaty 7 explores the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, while investigating the consequences and implications of Treaty 7, 137 years later. It is an immersive, transformational experience that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to consider an enlightened, sustainable future for everyone – together

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September 2011 / HAU1 / Berlin, Germany

M.31 by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ari Benjamin Meyers is a haunting musical pursuit based on Fritz Lang’s 1931 film “M. Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder”.  Brina collaborated as performer/organizer of the site specific event throughout the city, created especially for HAU and Berlin.

5 Steps


2011 / Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Israel

Brina Stinehelfer with dance Artist Ehud Darash on the project “5 Steps Towards Constructing Resilience”, A series of workshops, actions, residencies and performances in different contexts and constellations in Israel, that physically practices the principles of resistance, sensitization and submission, to come in contact with and in resistance to the Israeli political reality.

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2011 / LEAP Gallery, Berlin

The title is deducted from the keyboard shortcut used to force-quit computing process gone unresponsive or awry.  Is actual resistance possible under the given circumstances? What role does the body play in a system without touch? How do we render the workings of virtual systems tangible in real space? 7 digital-media and performance artists were invited to come together for a one week intensive workshop, to explore these themes and create a performative or installation response together.

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2009, 2010 / Various, International

Developed in collaboration with Meyrick Kaminski and an international collective, the project was an exploration of cultural authenticity and identity, by the creation of a new culture. The project received a grant from the European Cultural Foundation to tour 9 different Balkan countries in 2010.

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2010, 2011 / International

Brina Stinehelfer and Nikolaus Schneider / Per Aspera Productions collaborated with Athens based theater company Theatre Entopia on the project, CUT. The project was developed through residencies in still “cut” territories, such as Berlin, Kosovo, Nicosia, Belfast, Palestine. which resulted in a final multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary web installation and performance art event.

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2010, 2011, 2012 / Berlin

Die Grundlage von Reynold Reynolds neuester Arbeit ist das kürzlich wiederentdeckte und restaurierte Material eines niemals fertiggestellten Spielfilms, der im Berlin der 30er Jahre entstand und dem Stil von Produktionen von Fritz Lang und F.W. Murnau zugeordnet werden kann. Die Dreharbeiten begannen in den früher 30er Jahren, der Regisseur konnte aber auf Grund der sich damals ändernden politischen Umstände den Film nie fertigstellen und tauchte plötzlich unter.

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Roll with it


July, September 2009 / Berlin, Skopje, Belgrade

Brina Stinehelfer worked with Amsterdam based company Stichting Nieuwe Helden in summer and fall of 2009 as a performer and collaborator on their project, Roll With It.  On this tour, SNH explore the identity of varied European cities, and collaborated with the artists they meet there to create performances in public spaces.  Brina collaborated with the company in Berlin, Skopje, Macedonia as part of the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe, and Belgrade Serbia as part of the BITEF Festival.

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2008, August / Students City Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia

Brina was selected by Belgrade based company Doplegenger to participate in Mirage-inter, an interdisciplinary project dealing with themes of media manipulation, stereotypes, identity, and communication.  Content was developed through a 3 month process of theoretical exchange between 5 women spread across the world who had never met, or even seen pictures of each other.  They met for a practical phase in Belgrade to create the final presentation, performance and film.

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2007, October / HERE Arts Center, New York, NY

Brina collabrated with artist Rania Khalil on Between the Shadows. Stylistically inspired by Film Noir and German Expressionism, Between the Shadows combined object and shadow puppetry with movement and video. Wordlessly, the show commented on apathy and it’s particular relationship to war.

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