How do we understand things and each other? What does movement have in common with thought? What is inside the head? What is outside of it?
Take a step into the world of.....
USE YOUR HEAD
About this Project
I am asking for your support on the creation of a new dance piece called USE YOUR HEAD. The project is already in motion, and will première in Berlin May 2015.
USE YOUR HEAD is a magnetic field, a morse code, a bunch of people whistling in the dark...
The piece is a research on the tight rope between voice and movement, what is inside and outside our heads. A journey into people and their minds.
One step back...
USE YOUR HEAD started in Berlin, inside SMASH, an intensive training for sound and movement performance, with people coming from all over the world just to dig inside the unexpected world of voice and body, but that's another story... There I found a group of people I felt I really wanted to create something with.
The piece started with the sentence USE YOUR HEAD: That metaphor was the starting point of a journey. What happens if I start to move, really using my head? With that question, we entered into a metaphorical and metaphysical world.
OOPS, I FORGOT, WHY SHOULD YOU BE INVOLVED AND SUPPORT THIS PROJECT?
Why I'm doing this project is: I feel I have to, I feel I am ready, and I finally found a group, the right space, and the right time. I have something to bring and share and even if it is fragile, it is also moving. It is the kind of dance I want to bring to people.
I also want to take the necessary time and space for this, and to allow the group of people I am working with (coming from all over Europe!) to survive while working on this project.
Your support makes all the difference, because...
To be a young choreographer in 2015 in Europe means finding a balance between the urgence to share something with an audience, creating meaningful art, and surviving the lack of production support and the fact that institutional funds do not support and protect emerging art.
No need to be a big producer to support this project, but many small donations can make the difference and allow art projects such as USE YOUR HEAD to happen.
Who am I?
I am a choreographer and dancer who moved from the US to Berlin in 2012. I have already performed solo work and collaborative work, and soon I will be starting a Masters Program in Choreography.
I come from Buffalo Ny, a small city in USA. While studying at Oberlin College, I started to dance, mostly improvisation and instant composition. What came out is that I felt the strong impulse to talk while moving, to create a sounding-meaning while dancing. To compose with the space and the voice. In that moment everything started.
Or it started before that. I played piano all my life, and also composed music. I can even say that I am a sound-oriented person. But when I danced for the first time I realized that for me, space is the most mysterious place, and with music I could not really explore it. I wanted to explore and interact with space.
Or even before that. I was almost blind the first four years of my life. Of course I didn't know I was blind. So I just interacted with space. Through my body I could see. I could see through my kinetic experience of the world, and through feeling space. And for me, this is what the voice is: the most intimate and fragile shape of feeling.
I think this is the reason why you should consider supporting this project: It is not just about supporting the making of a dance piece, it is about supporting a project that opens a door to understand things we already know and experience each day on a deeper level, that brings us to sense everyday things as unfamiliar and mysterious. And yes, this is actually what dance brings to people.
About the Project
The project wants to explore the complex universe of the head as a "rational center," with its labirynths and rules and processes. The perfect place to explore it is the body, is to dance it. And the deeper place to go, to speak it, is voice.
The contradiction between verbal language, thought, and physical expression is the source of inspiration.
USE YOUR HEAD is an invitation to take a step inside and get through an experience of all the things we do not say, all the engines that rule our so called real world, and also allow us to misunderstand the so called real world. If we take this pandora's box, and we shake it, what jumps out? A chaos, a concert of gazes, forgotten songs, all the things I wish I could say but I don't know how, rivers of thoughts, and the image of people walking blind in the dark, whistling to each other. A meeting point. A morse code.
Meet the Collaborators
Teodora Grano Graduated as actress in Florence at L'Atelier directed by L. Luzi, then auditor at Accademia Nazionale di Arti Drammatiche in Rome. She completed her education in Italy and abroad as circus performer in aerial techniques, she received an education in contemporary dance led by Raffaella Giordano. She works as an aerial performer, and teacher of aerial techniques. Since 2011 she is working on several short solos. She collaborates with the company Studio Matejka, and the choreographer Katarina Brestovanska. She has performed in italy, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey, France, and Germany. Since 2013 she is member of the collective Le Lapille. Currently collaborator of Katherine Evans.
Paulina Grochowska polish freelance artist: dancer, performer and film maker. Founder of KOINSPIRACJA Dance Theatre in Poznań, Poland. Since 2010 associated also with Silent Zone Theater. Resident of Visegard Foundation in Budapest (2011 "Gyar es Kert") and gained a scholarship of Alternative Dance Academy 2013 in Poland. She worked i.a.: Tomas Moskal, Rosalind Crisp, William Petit, and Isabelle Schad. Since February 2015 she lives and works in Berlin.
Yara-Li Mennel was born in Switzerland in 1993. She attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Origlio where she studied the fine arts, and developed her first artistic skills. After completing her studies at the S.P.I.D Scuola professionale Italiana Danza (IT) and at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) Yara has deepened her studies with artists such as David Zambrano, Maya Matilda Carroll, Julien Hamilton, Frey Faust, Irena Tomazin, Keren Rosenberg and participated in intensive workshops at SMASH (Berlin). In 2014 Yara starts to follow the Axis syllabus international research community. She has performed in works by Angus Balbernie, Odette Hugus, Kathinka Walter and Anna Keller. Since 2014 she is creating work and performing together with the ATLAS COLLECTIVE. Yara is interested in the communication of self through the body and the way in which we can understand and learn about ourselves through the awareness and listening to it. She is fascinated how through movement we can sense and follow our instincts.
Anne-Valérie Hubleur is a Swiss performing artist graduated from Laban, London (BA (Hons) in dance theatre studies) who enjoys exploring the known and unknown spaces between the limits of her own versatility and constantly recreates -or dissolves- the definition of herself by playing with what she has, what she is, with her body in motion, with her voice in action, with her presence in the space. Apart from her dance background, her strongest influences are mostly cinematographic and theatrical. Her food is improvisation, in many forms. She takes life as a journey and creative playing as a vehicle to understand its meaning. She creates and performs her work. She has also been directed by artists such as Rosemary Butcher, Shahar Dor, Maya Levy, Anando Mars, Barak Aviam, Iris Marko, Shira Bejerano. In 2013, she received a grant from the SKK (Städteconferenz Kultur, Switzerland) for a six months artist residency in Cairo, Egypt.
Performances in Berlin
So far, we've booked these venues:
-Premiere at TATWERK in Berlin on May 2nd,
-Show May 7th and 8th at the Uferstudios
-Show May 15th at Kunstquartier Bethanien, and
-Show May 17th in Phynix Tanzt
Our Official Supporters
In Noon Dance was Founded in 2010 and is a non-profit organization comprised of 12 artists in dance and related media who pool their skills and experience to the mutual benefit of both individual and In Noon Dance-related ventures. In Noon Dance is an official supporter of Use Your HEAD.
Tatwerk is a center for contemporary approaches to the performing arts located in Neu Kölln, Berlin. In Tatwerk artists and students pursue approaches free of dogma and inhibition, in a space where our work can originate from − and aims to further elaborate on − the intersection of theatre, dance and performance. Tatwerk is an official supporter of Use Your HEAD.
Tanz & Theater im PHYNIX e.V (Dance and Theater at PHYNIX) is an association that supports arts and culture with an emphasis on dance. Tanz & Theater im PHYNIX e.V supports the development of various projects as well as offering courses and advanced training to people of all ages and levels. Belonging to the credo of the association is the cultural diversity of its projects. Tanz & Theater im PHYNIX is located in Berlin but is active internationally and is always looking for possible cooperations. Since April, 2015, Tanz & Theater im PHYNIX is an official supporter of Use Your HEAD!
Risks and challenges
The showings in theaters all over Berlin are set up. The dancers are committed to the project. Rehearsal space has been reserved and used. The dance is almost finished.
We are all set to finish our work on what will be a great show.
The only risk involved in this project is, of course, a financial one.
I need funds in order to sustainably:
-Rent Studio Space
-Give dancers fair wages
-Do a publicity campaign in Berlin
-Account for Tech costs (lighting, etc.)
-Costumes, other production costs
The logistics are covered, all we need is to reach our funding goal to keep our plan in motion, show our work, and continue being able to make and show work in the future.
- (31 days)