Robyn Orlin was born in Johannesburg and currently lives in Berlin. For years she has been exploring the social issues of her home country in her City Theater and Dance Group. Orlin studied dance at the Contemporary Dance School in London, and as of 1993 she worked as a choreographer in South Africa on issues such as apartheid and postcolonialism. Her breakthrough came in 1998 with the piece "Daddy, I’ve seen this piece six times before and I still don’t know why they’re hurting each other." She won the Lawrence Olivier Award, the most important British theater award. She has also received numerous other awards and honors, including the fourth-highest Order of Merit of the French National Order of Merit.
Much of Orlin's inspiration for her later productions has also come from her native South Africa. The productions include "We must eat our suckers with the wrappers on" (2002), "Walking next to our shoes" (2009), and "Beauty stayed just for a moment and then returned to her start position" (2013). She has conducted numerous national and international choreography workshops – for example, in Japan, Greece, and Germany – and is the founder of the dance section of the Federated Union of Black Artists.
The Valeska Gert Visiting Professprship is held in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service and the Academy of Arts.
Time and Location
- Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 p.m.
- Academy of Arts, Club Room, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin; subway station: Hansaplatz (U9)
- Sunday, July 12, 2015, 6 p.m.
- Academy of Arts, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin; subway station: Hansaplatz (U9)