New People 3.0 (2019)


New People 3.0 is a fifteen minute performative experiment and the result of several months research into performativity as social practice. It was the utopian wish to create an ensemble dance work using sustainable and healthy ways of collaborating: an experiment which ultimately failed. New People 3.0 is about the hunger to be strangers to the old ways of working and to our own corporal archives, foreign to our hierarchies, new comers to our own habits, a way to search for a beginning.

Performers: Bénédicte Billiet, Tsai-Wei Tien, Breanna O’Mara and Julie Shanahan

Concept and direction: Gala Moody/Michael Carter

Collaboration: Marc Wagenbach

Music: Various artists

Set and lighting concept: Cie.OFEN

A co-production by Cie.OFEN and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, supported by Ekeby Art and Research in the Netherlands.


New People 2.0 (2019)

(film projected inside of installation – 12 minutes)

Installation at Dance Screen 2019 + Tanzrauschen Festival Wuppertal

New People 2.0 is a new audio-visual installation by Cie.OFEN, co-produced by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, on display at Dance Screen 2019 + Tanzrauschen Festival Wuppertal 21-24 November 2019.

New People 1.0 (2019)

(film projected inside of installation – 52 minutes)

An audio visual project about aliens. About arrivals, strangeness, and foreign lands. About being foreign to ourselves, being alien to our own archives, new comers in each others modalities. It’s about working together to find our own humanity, becoming new people.

A co-production with Cie.OFEN and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with dramaturgy by Marc Wagenbach.



The Vase (2017)

(Performance duet – Approx 1 hour)

Read reviews HERE

The Vase came about after Gala studied Medea to play in a work by Wim Vandekeybus.  Some time later, Cie.OFEN took on the ancient work of Greek mythology by Euripides while overlaying it with a more recent theatrical play “Purgatorio” by Ariel Dorfman (2008) which presents Medea and Jason’s quest for retribution in the afterlife.  As a third reference Cie.OFEN explored their own questions about the topic, with their personal experiences and perspectives on revenge, retribution and forgiveness to bring a three dimensionality to the subject matter.  The piece is staged with the performers controlling the lighting and sound onstage, a visual cue to emphasis the illusion of reality in theatre as well as the presence of reality in fiction.



One Final Evolutionary Note (2014)

(Performance duet 30 minutes or of duration)

A study on Charles Darwins seminal work On the Origin of the Species. Cie.OFENs first work; One Final Evolutionary Note, depicts lifeforms existing in duration.  From the Big Bang to the thought “I think therefor I am”  it is celestial to earthly from peaceful to violent, it explored mutualism, commensalism and parasitism in animal and human nature, researching these in the form of the duet, as well as referencing great duos of Performance Art including Marina Abramovic and Ulay.

One Final Evolutionary Note is a durational piece which has been performed in versions from 15 minutes to 3 hours both in site specific and the theatre context.  It premiered at Spring Forward Festival in Umea Sweden as part of Aerowaves.

Why Not Festival. Photo by Marlise Steeman