Mmakgosi Kgabi and Dasniya Baddhanasiri have been invited to collaborate for the closing event of this Tanznacht Berlin, and bring together their artistic practices. Mmakgosi Kgabi is a voice over artist who self explores the lexicon of the mouth and its embodiment. Dasniya Baddhanasiri is a ballet dancer and choreographer and runs a dojo for Japanese tight Bondage in the Wedding neighbourhood.
Between them a conversation takes place. By breaking down sentences or ballet vocabulary a raw working environment is created. Listening to what each of them brings to the space.
They can meet or flow in different directions. The two artists welcome you to visit and travel through their exchange with each other and this time space continuum.
In June we were invited to show The Männy at Autoren(theater)tage, but because of the situation it’s now postponed to autumn. Fingers crossed that it can come to Berlin!
It will be a crazy job to set up the installtion in a new space, despite our meticulous documentation of every single rope critter.
New years vacation, knitting and knotting this and them, developing part of the stage design for ‘The Männy’. On the left suspended a cocoon which gives birth to an adorable rope creature in the piece. The happy side of the cocoon is made of more organic material, flowers, willow cotton, beeswax and compostable left overs. The back is covered in bitumen, an oily and somewhat burned, demolished landscape. ➿
Just finishing an inspiring challenge with Kevin Rittberger, Nora Khuon and Sandra Fink at Schauspiel Hannover. ‘The Männy’, created with texts and themes from Donna Haraway’s work ‘Staying with the Trouble’, amongst others.
It was intense! My brain turning to mash reading and discussing theories and highly sensitive texts with five devoted actors, and a patient team. Everybody was open to the very end. Working so detailed through and inbetween each sentence with Kevin and Nora. And, open to dive with me into the rope world, learning some shibari, and navigating my rope installation through space as if it was another play partner. A sort of rhizom, air roots, or anarchically grown dendrites.
It wasn’t my first stage design with ropes, but the first in close collaboration with the workshop and technical department of the theatre. Using thousands of meters of jute and hemp. Feels.
And also the first time using rope juxtaposed and at the same time closely intertwined with 90 minutes poetic theoretical content, and developing it over the course of the evening.
The actors did a really good job. Telling an utopia involving plantoids. A kind of cyber biological connection between plants, insects and humans. Screaming of the shrinking population to safe our planet from dying (very roughly). Or for example other systems of ‘care’.
I much enjoyed searching for scenes/images, and developing a dance sequence with the actors. Opening up the more bodily dimension to them, and working through pain, muscle memory, nerves and endorphines. And, there was also the level of finding an approach together with Kevin, and get to know his work. Sometimes rough, often new but in the end productive I find. Yea, I’ d like to continue choreographing in this way, crossing over fields!
This summer during Norio Sugiura’s workshop in Copenagen, a photographer asked me to tie her. For a long time she had a deep scar in her lower back. And anew she wanted to make friends with it. It was her birthday. We sneaked to the first floor factory hall and had a fun midnight session.
is working with foam puppets and dance , theatre and signs
with animals and objects. Worked a lot with other-abled people.
Also Puppetmaker theatres and sometimes film.
25. October tying with Fel
Since about one year Fel attends the Shibari classes in Haus Sommer.
And inspite of his bodysize of 1. 95 meter hight ( and 85 kg weight) the sunnyboy prooved to be surprisingly talented for suspension as a model.
The reason may be in his yoga or surf background or in his other activities which compose his phisicality or in his positiv spirit.
So he made the step from the classes within a single year to the stage and he was nominated from Haus Sommer for this performance.