I am researching the Origins of Ritual Arts,the mythical roots of dance theatre, as well as the construction / deconstruction of cultural identity through performance.
I am visualizing an empathic relationship towards “Nature” while questioning the solidity of the boundaries between human beings, animals, trees, oceans and mountains.
After many years of Stage Performances as a professional Dancer in the field of Classical Indian Bharata natyam Dance (2000-2016), now I am shifting my focus on research work, experimental performances including Clarinet Playing and interactive Projects, like Workshops.
„Becoming an Indian Dancer“ is a documentation of my experiment of living in South India trying to adapt myself at the society there while I was studying classical Indian dance.
Empathy towards Nature I am exploring in my long-term-project „Dancing with Nature“.
Project: ”BECOMING AN INDIAN DANCER?”
Two Video Loops, 8 min and 5 min, Berlin 2017
Part I, Endeavor and attempt, 8 min, ”Hidden Thoughts”
I want to share the questions which I have raised silently during my stay now in this video, in combination with drawings and a documentary: Living together with a local family in Bangalore, South India, and studying classical Indian Bharata natyam Dance 2004 till 2005.
Part ll: Performing and Questioning, Berlin, 2009-2017. Excerpts of Performances, 5 min
THE PROJECT: In 2000, right after my Degree Show at Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, and also in 2002, 2004-05 I dedicated myself to intensive studies of classical Bharata natyam dance in India: I am exploring processes of transformation in archaic performance rituals, and Bharata natyam is closely related to ancient ceremonies in South India, deriving from 5000 year-old temple-rituals.
While pursuing this dance studies, I developed the wish to find out, how deeply I could merge with South Indian culture- could I take on another Identity as “Indian Dancer”, though I was brought up in Germany? Were these dance classes, my public performances and dance teachings, which I gave to Indian students there, a medium to integrate myself into Indian society? Though there was a huge gap between us, last but not least deriving from politics of colonization and great unbalance in today’s world? The Video are testimonials of this experimental approach.
Bharata natyam Dance Performance at Genova, Quarto Pianeta, 2017. With Thanks to Ella von der Haide, Camera.
Project: DANCING WITH NATURE
Nature Conversations, 8 min, Corse / France, 2015
Berliner Baustellen Bharata natyam, 3 min, Berlin 2013/14
Is it possible today, to feel a non-hierarchic relationship towards “nature?”
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.
Communicating through breathe, skin, movement and nonverbal vocalization with surrounding stones, trees, sky, concrete…
Video below: Dance Improvisation in Berlin City, according to the sounds of the Building Site, 2013-14
Fotos: Isabel Jaden, Carolina Goedeke, Yvonne Reittinger, if-land.de