»tell me a better story 1« is the first part of a series of solo/ duet pieces that were developed for the ensemble during the period of isolation and pandemic. faced with uncertainty and desperation, looking at an inexistent future, we experienced each day anew. we gave each other this »valuable time«, and surrendered to a development process that grabbed us unexpectedly, and simply took us away. enriching like a blessing, in retrospect.

the charisma of every dancer and their personality has always been characteristic of our work. their individual strengths will be unveiled in six solos and a duet, reflecting the personalities of our ensemble, whose character and aura are always present on the stage, and imprint the work of the cie. toula limnaios.

making of

»It’s a very challenging time for all of us. we couldn’t just stick our heads in the sand and be trapped by the fear and insecurity during the pandemic lockdown. we had to act, and saw the situation as an opportunity to offensively and energetically look for new ways, to convert the fear into a positive feeling. we have changed our way of working and switched to individual rehearsals. since then, we have been working on various performance formats, taking all hygiene measures into account. for me, dance remains the central element. that means working with the dancers, creating, confronting and dealing with each other – everything that makes us human. – ›arts vivants‹ – in astonishment, keep on working on what touches and transforms us in these difficult moments.« toula limnaios

a cie. toula limnaios production supported by the city of berlin, department for culture and europe.


toula limnaios


ralf r. ollertz, paul tinsley


laura beschi, alessio scandale, hironori sugata, karolina wyrwal

technical director/lightdesign

felix grimm

touring cooperations

marie schmieder


antonia, limnaios, toula limnaios

choreographic assistance

ute pliestermann

lighting & stage technics

domenik engemann, jan römer



»her current production turns the ongoing limitations of physical contact into a creative medium. regarding the artistic expression, both parts of “tell me a better story” are by no means a compromise or a capitulation to the contact restrictions of the pandemic. the emotionally and physically very expressive dance of limnaios lives not only from moving group dynamics. the single encounters of the individuals with the depths of their psyche were always just as important. when the dancers in “tell me a better story” stand on stage in their loneliness or togetherness, the space expands in which they can drive their emotional and physical expressions to extremes of beauty or irritation. …
the pieces by limnaios are intimate recordings that lead suffering and the lust for life into the absurd in order to transform this absurd into a beauty full of melancholy. … the pandemic has its chances when it comes to new food for the human soul. to be able to experience so many accents of the dance language of limnaios in the light of new challenges is definitely one of them.«
seda niğbolu, tanzraumberlin.de

»three intense, impressive pieces were created with dancers of the ensemble during the shutdown. they illuminate the situation of reflective isolation skillfully and with emotional depth. the compositions by ralf r. ollertz and paul tinsley make a perfect contribution to the success of the evening. dance theater can be so intelligent and exciting, even under such hard conditions.«
birgit schmalmack, hamburgtheater.de

»a trully impressive evening: hironori sugata – one of the most captivating dancers. karolina wyrwal – fascinating. and laura beschi + alessio scandale – an excellent duo.«
frank schmid, rbb kulturradio

»each (soli / duet) – a small piece of art in itself.«
tanznetz,de, dieter hartwig