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exploratorium berlin

for music and other arts,
for professionals & amateurs,
for teenagers & children, young & old …
for educators and scientists
for all with curiosity and desire for artistic expeditions

We understand improvisation as a kind of artistic everyday language, which is suitable as an introduction to music making as well as an art form on a high level.

We offer the whole range: concerts, workshops & courses, ensembles, open sessions, discussions and a library.
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february 2020

2020thu20feb20:00FeaturedHiss & Viscera // Luis Tabuenca / Dafna Naphtali Duo20:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:Improvisation International


Thursday, 20. 02. 2020 | 20:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

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Audrey Chen (US/DE) – voice
Richard Scott
(UK/DE) – modular synthesizer

Luis Tabuenca / Dafna Naphtali duo

Luis Tabuenca (ES) – percussion, drums
Dafna Naphtali (US) – voice, electronics



Hiss and Viscera presents two highly distinctive voices in the richly varied Berlin improvising scene. On the face of it the human voice and analogue synthesizer may appear to have little in common but Chen and Scott share an intuitive, corporeal and dynamic sound world out of which an intense and sustained musical conversation develops. Phrases and interjections bounce and ricochet between Chen’s vivid lexicon of glottal pops, rasps and expulsions and Scott’s exhaustive catalogue of electronic clangs, plosives and propulsions. The resultant musical conversation may not always seem entirely human in origin, conjuring sonic images of stories, languages and environments populated by many unearthly creatures, real or imagined.

Since 2015, the duo has toured in Europe, the UK and performed in the 2018 edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville.


Luis Tabuenca / Dafna Naphtali duo

Luis Tabuenca and Dafna Naphtali in their duo combine explorations of sound and rhythm merging classic electroacoustic aesthetics with the energy of free improvised music. With Naphtali’s live processing of Tabuenca’s colorful percussion and her own extended vocals the duo breaks into new sonic territory away from any sense of traditional narrative.
Tabuenca and Naphtali first met and performed together October 2013, when Tabuenca invited Naphtali to his Festival Audio Tangente in Burgos (Spain), which he curated with the theme of voice and electronics. The duo’s communicative and energetic performance at the festival was the beginning of their long term project, continuing in New York, and in the recording Index of Refraction (2014) on Acheulian Handaxe.

“Secret codes of impromptu action … elegance behind the expressiveness … Naphtali’s non-figurative melodic diversions, glimpses of a cross of Tenko Ueno and a slightly inebriated Meredith Monk …“
Massimo Ricci (Touching Extremes)

Dafna Naphtali y Luis Tabuenca / Festival Audio Tangente, Burgos España Nov. 26, 2013


Index of Refraction


Admission: 12 / 10 / 6 Euro (normal price / reduced / Berlin-Pass)

2020fri21feb(feb 21)18:00sun23(feb 23)15:00FeaturedInterplayImprovisation as a way to survival and joie de vivre18:00 - 15:00 (23) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop


Zoë Tomruk


Friday, 21. 02. 2020 | 18:00 - Sunday, 23. 02. 2020 | 15:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

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In improvisation we constantly let go and at the same time turn to the new. That’s what we use for: listen and stop. This interplay often requires the whole body as a “listening organ”.

In individual, partner and group exercises, we practice using movement, voice, language and sound bodies to shape our expression spontaneously and consciously. Imitation serves us as the origin of play, thus freeing us from the pressure to be particularly original or creative and discovering that pure being itself is creativity. We use our body sensations, memories, thoughts and the group as a resource for imagination, fantasy and play.

This approach integrates body, mind and soul and encourages spontaneous and conscious expression and lives from the heterogeneity of the group. My focus is on the applicability of improvisation on stage and in other areas of life, as survivability/ viability and vitality.

Previous knowledge is not necessary. Open to all.

2020mon24feb11:0013:00FeaturedWhat motion saysa journey through the images of your body expression11:00 - 13:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Regular Courses


Janine Schneider


Monday, 24. 02. 2020 | 11:00 - Monday, 24. 02. 2020 | 13:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

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Experience yourself dancing! Reinvent yourself! Discover the immense power of your gestures and steps!

Janine Schneiders self-created method no thrills is a technique of multidimensional awareness using the direct effect of one’s physical action on spirit and soul. Just by taking a basic position you get in touch with the essential leaving complications of everyday life far behind.


Art of Reduction
unpretentious yet beautiful
I look at the body in motion without rating it.

Playing this place
every single gesture turns into dance
Constant revision of the entire musculoskeletal system.

Breathtaking art of movement of art
exemplary expressiveness
the classical grand adage makes it clear: sensing creates radiation.

Never ending arms and legs
stretching, reaching into space
once literally meant
for figure and room were not one.

Janine Schneider, 2019

2020sat29feb11:0016:00FeaturedImpro4ElementsMusic explorations & improvisations for 10-15 year olds11:00 - 16:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Weekend Workshopyoung explo:Weekend Workshop


Aida Shahidi, Annemarie Michel


Saturday, 29. 02. 2020 | 11:00 - Saturday, 29. 02. 2020 | 16:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

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Fire, earth, water and air: these four elements provide ideas when we go in search of sounds and improvise musically together. We explore different instruments and sounding materials to find out how we can represent these four natural phenomena musically. We trace their atmospheres, characteristics, sounds and noises and bring them to life through music.  

In a second step we will use our musical discoveries to set music to pictures, photographs or short videos. From this we will develop our own sound recordings, which can be used for further improvising. Or we will develop small performances in space, in which we can also include movement, theatre or painted/drawn objects.

At the end of the workshop, if the group so wishes, we can present our improvised discoveries in a small final performance (for friends and parents).

Why Improvisation?

Improvisation offers something that is uncommon in music – the opportunity to invent music, and to do so without notation. Moreover, this form of creativity is special because it takes place in a group setting. Like in a good conversation, the players develop ideas, which they would not have been able to find otherwise, by inspiring each other.

In the exploratorium we focus on so-called free improvisation, which needs neither scales nor harmony or rhythm schemes. The sound as such is the basis of music invention.
Lerning improvising and improvising learning is about collecting experiences in forming music, understanding music „from the inside out“ and getting involved in the musical flow. That requires alertness in every moment and intense listening to the other players as well as to the collective musical process.

Free improvisation means taking responsibility and contributing your own impulses while simultaneously adapting to a collective at any moment. Learning this is learning for life. To experience this in concert means to participate in a special adventure.

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