AKIN, 10 min trailer, performed at SOMOS ARTS Berlin

Video Sarnt Utamachote


Performance art, Butoh dance and live music, electronic and acoustic soundscapes.

An artistic collaboration between

performance artist Theresa Lekberg,

Butoh dancer Riako Napitupulu and

Sound artist Ariel Orah -Ravenative

and special invitation

interdisciplinary artist Samaquias Lorta on cello.



Akin is a multi-disciplined piece about transience and belonging, from birth to life and death. In performance art, Butoh dance and live electro-acoustic soundscapes the piece is revealing scenes about boundaries, connection, rituals and interrelation between human beings and furthermore personal intimate stories with love and pain.

We all play out these images every day, both hidden and visible, all relatable.

A story of human beings shown by the performers transforming from a wild, instinctual and animalistic state to a soft, melancholic, gentle and sacral mood shifting from one second to another. 

Through drawing a line of chalk, creating a circle in an intimate space, the audience can still hide from their voyeuristic view.

The images of the choreography are pure and simple. The white creatures give a symbolic meaning to the immaterial and universal with strong and thousand times variable expressions, surprising and touching the audience deeply by their emotions. 

AKIN performed at Somos arts Berlin



We are alike.

We love, we hurt, we long and we die.

We fear the unfamiliar.

We are so very similar in our unsimilarities.

Meeting the unfamiliar in ourselves the smallest shifts makes us shy away.

Experiencing pain life becomes urgent.

Be it physical, emotional or psychic


the pain becomes unbearable and change inevitable.

Down on our knees

we all turn to prayer.

We come to a stop.

We hold hands.

We are familiar to this, to the unfamiliar.

We are alike in our differences.

We belong in our fear of not belonging.

Fear of the unfamiliar is what separates and unites us.

It shows us our capacity to stay put even if we shiver.

It is the sum of our actions and the weighing of the heart.

Fear looked in the eye tremble,

subsides to a power greater than the human mind.

A force to be reckoned with, violent and tender,

lay us down in grace.

I am coming from very very close.

Photography by Olivia Kwok