Ivana Müller - FÄDEN / THREADS
concept, text and choreography
in collaboration with the performers (9 p.)
artistic collaboration and dramaturgy
Dance On Ensemble,
STUK - Huis voor Dans, Beeld en Geluid,
unknown, approx. 75 minutes
as from May 2021
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NEW WORK - PREMIERE MAY 2021
How do we age? From the inside and from the outside? At the age of 20, 50 or 70, as a dancer or as an actor, as a woman or a man, in your home country, or as a foreigner? In public or in private, alone or in community? How does this permanent process of transformation define us as humans and give us a possibility to experience living?
Together with dancers of the Berlin-based Dance On Ensemble and actors of Münchner Kammerspiele, Ivana Müller proposes a choreographic stage work, a conversation made out of threads of movements, stories and images reflecting upon a permanent and inevitable process of the passing of time.
"I'm interested in working on a performance that deals with the issue of 'ageing', not only as a personal or individual proces of getting older, but also as a collective process of maturing, gaining experience and transforming in both socio-political and biological context. This work will be an encounter with a specific group of people and performers, belonging to different generations and exposed to similar, or maybe not so similar, historical, social and cultural contexts, asking questions such as:
How is it to age as a man and to age as a woman?
How is it to age as a dancer and to age as an actor?
How is it to age as foreigner and as a native?
How is it to age in public and to age privately?
How is it to age alone or as part of a community?
I believe that thinking about these questions will create a frame in which we could potentially reveal many intricate relations in the way we live, work and age together. In this sense the textualities that we could create and explore through this body of work, could go further than 'just' being individual anecdotes and engage in larger reflection on humanity in general.
As almost always in my work, I see the notions of 'body' and 'collective' as central places of interest. I see this new creative process as an opportunity to rethink them again, avoiding didactic or preconceived schemes that might be related to the idea of 'ageing of a body', or 'ageing of a society', and create, in collaboration with performers, spectators and others involved in the process of making, a temporal and spatial poetic frame, a certain sort of landscape that will propose new points of view.
Nothing is ever lost, only transformed, says the first law of thermodynamics. An ageing body has used some of its initial resources, but it has also gained some new ones. How does this 'new balance' shift the quality of the performance of this body, as well as its image?
As we will work with both dancers from the Dance On Ensemble and with the dancers from the Münchner Kammerspiele, we will experience the merging of different life and working experiences. The piece should be ideally situated on the interstice of those different experiences." Ivana Müller, January 2020