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Mad Kate

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Kathryn Fischer (aka Mad Kate) is a performance artist and writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. Integrating elements of punk, butoh, prose, Afro-Cuban dance, burlesque, vocals and conceptual costume, Mad Kate has performed extensively around Europe, Russia and the United States–pioneering a unique style that is outspokenly feminist, powerful, genderqueer and honest. In addition to her solo work, she is front woman for the punk-rock-cabaret band Kamikaze Queens and a proud member of the Bonaparte electro-punk-rock circus. Mad Kate’s performance work has been featured in several documentaries and films, including Emilie Jouvet’s Too Much Pussy: Feminist Sluts in the Queer X Show, Ivan Arrenega’s Berlin Manners: Burlesque in Berlin, and most recently in 0110111: Quantum Physics and a Horseshoe, the Bonaparte live DVD. She also plays the lead role in Julia Ostertag’s feature punk post apocalypse film, Saila. When she’s not onstage, Mad Kate can often be found inside the caverns of Carni Closet, located in the back of the Berlin boutique, EXIT.

Kathryn holds an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies with an emphasis in Gender and Sustainable Development from the University of California, Berkeley. Her writing has appeared in, among other places, Bend Over MagazineZ MagazineBitchOther , Off Our BacksExBerliner, and the online exhibit, Imagining Ourselves: A Global Generation of Women, a project by the International Museum of Women.

“There will never be enough time to explore all the different women I would like to inhabit. But in each of the personas I explore, the through-line has been my intellectual and artistic interest in the politics of borders–both between bodies and within bodies. This pursuit has manifested itself in many forms–whether it be interviewing women who live in rural farming cooperatives in Nicaragua and Haiti; advocacy of immigrants and political asylum seekers in the Bay Area; teaching creative writing inside the San Francisco Women’s Jail; sex / work / performance /art and erotic dance; critical and creative writing; or diving off the stage into a crowd of rowdy pogo punks while singing with my band.”

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The Tide

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the Tide is the Sound behind the persona of Jacopo Bertacco.

Born in Milan and currently living in Berlin. A musician, Yoga teacher and artist open to experimentation and contamination between different languages, since 2000 he has devoted himself to various music projects, such as multimedia performances, movies sound-tracks, work with theatre and live performance with different bands.

A member of the legendary The League of Crafty Guitarists guitar ensemble, since 2007 he has played and performed with Robert Fripp & The League of Crafty Guitarists, touring Europe and North America.

He plays and collaborate with known artists, musicians, actors, performers, in many ways and different fields, making decisive contributions to the realization of various LPs.

He came to the integration of music with psycho-physical techniques in 2002 with his participation in the Guitar Craft courses directed by guitarist Robert Fripp. In these intensive seminars, he learned the use of a new standard tuning (C G D A E g) and has been introduced to specific techniques, amongst which collective improvisations, known as “Circulations”. Together with perfecting modern guitar techniques, he had the opportunity to practise specific exercises which  encourage the awakening and activation of consciousness, the division of attention, the development of coordination and understanding of the body, and deep relaxation techniques. Through Alexander Technique he has developed a sound awareness of posture.

Past and ongoing collaborations include among others: Bob Rutman - eRRe2Tongs,  IGE,  1605munroRiddleThe RobRyan Road ShowThe Thrust“Improvvisi”  duo with C.M.Nartoni.

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