Together with the choreographer Jeremy Wade and the musician Brendan Dougherty, Meg Stuart curated the Politics of Ecstasy festival at the Hebbel-am-Ufer (HAU), Berlin in January 2009. Ten dancers and musicians from Berlin performed a series of improvisations on the festival subject for a week. They experimented with the notation of improvisation and verbal scores, and continued developing assignments in a live context. Individual evenings were then titled Ignorance Is Bliss, Big Messy Gala, Task Factory and Our Song Is Long. The latter was a 12-hour event with musical improvisations by Aaran Meicht and Brendan Dougherty as well as with dance interventions.

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performance Ami Garmon, Jared Gradinger, Hermann Heisig, Adam Linder, Stephanie Maher, Nicola Mascia, Anja Müller, Maria F. Scaroni, Anja Sielaff, Meg Stuart, Jeremy Wade, Frank James Willens, Matan Zamir

live music Jochen Arbeit, Alexandra von Bolz'n, Brendan Dougherty, Greg Haines, Guido Henneböhl, Aaron Meicht, Keith O'Brien, Fritz Welch, Jeremy Woodruff

set design Basso, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton, Doris Dziersk, Anke Philipp

costume Nina Gundlach, Sasa Kovacevic

light Andreas Harder, Jan Maertens