DANCING WITH NATURE

PERFORMANCES & VIDEOS
Russia, France, Austria, Germany
work in progress, since 1999

Presentations (Choice):
Museum of Modern Art, Yekaterinburg /Russia; Land Art Symposium “Living Form”, Tschussowoje /Ural, Russia;
Ökowerk Berlin; Gasteig Munich, Aspekte Gallery

Partly in Collaboration with Ella von der Haide (Dipl.-Ing. for Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Gardener, Artist, Filmmaker)
Ella: http://www.eine-andere-welt-ist-pflanzbar.de/
and with the Russian artists Oleg Lieszow and Tania Badanina, Moscow

VIDEOSTILLS / PERFORMANCE FOTOS

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NATURE CONVERSATIONS

Performances in Piana / Corse / France. Short Version, 2015.


The Project:
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Is it possible today, to feel a non-hierarchic relationship towards “nature?”
Neither dominating, fearing, observing, nor romanticizing, adoring?
Intimacy with nature as another way of being within my surrounding:
The surrounding is my dance partner, may it be the mountains of Corse, or Berlin's Building sites.
The highly focussed and deeply released -both at the same time – state of performing allows me to question the limits of my body:
Communicating through breathe, skin, movement and nonverbal vocalization with surrounding stones, trees, sky, concrete…


BERLINER BAUSTELLEN BHARATA NATYAM

Performing in Public Space, Berlin, Schlossplatz, 2013/14. Lyrics: Palmartpress.com


GOETTIN IN BRANDENBURG

Performance-Video, 2013
This video was taken during a cycling trip to the village “Goettin”, which means “goddess” in German and which is quite an unusual name for a village. But none of the inhabitants I was talking to knew why the village is named that way.
My background as a dancer is classical Indian dance, in which Hindu gods and goddesses are portrayed and invocated – so that place was really asking for a short dance improvisation.


HERBST-TANZ GRÜN

Performance – Video, Berlin 2013.


DIE KATZE UND DAS MÄDCHEN / TROST

Performance Video, Black Forest, 2016

My wish in this performance was to visualize the strong impact of comfort and empathy which animals are able to give in times of irritation.
Formally seen, I was searching for a relation between line-drawing and performance:
Trying to see the mask not merely as an illusionary one, but also as a drawing in space, combining linear and spatial aspects and thereby emphasizing its artificialty.


DESCRIZIONE IN ITALIANO:
DANZA CON LA NATURA

Video Cicli:Nature Conversations, 8 min, Corsica / Francia, 2015
Berliner Baustellen Bharata natyam, 3 min, Berlino 2013/14

È possibile oggi di provare una relazione con la „natura“ senza la gerarchia?
Senza dominarla, temerla, osservarla, adorarla, senza romanticismo?
Provo l’Intimità con la natura come un altro modo da trovarmi nel ambiento:

L’ambiente come compagno da ballare, sia la montagna di Corsica sia un grande cantiere edile a Berlino.
Mentre faccio una danza esistono allo stesso tempo la concentrazione profonda e il rilasso profondo.
Questo mi permette di mettere in dubbio i confini del mio corpo: Comunicando tra la respirazione, la pelle, i movimenti, come anche tra i suoni con la pietra circondante, con gli alberi, co il cielo, con il cemento…

Performance als Dialog mit Natur und Umgebung

Spontane Performances in der Natur und im öffentlichen Raum:
Bewegungs-Improvisationen, inspiriert durch die Umgebung, spielen mit dem Spannungsfeld zwischen tänzerischer Dynamik, kontemplativen Momenten und dem Spiel mit dem Absurden.
Der offene Raum, Sonnenstrahlen, ein Fluss werden ebenso zum “Tanzpartner” wie Steine oder die Kräne einer Baustelle.
So entstehen “tänzerische Portraits” spezifischer Orte in Berlin, Brandenburg, in den Alpen und auf Korsika.

Fotos:

Yvonne Reittinger: www.if-land.de
Karin Kasböck
Miriam Papastefanou