Towards a Regenerative Culture, Together We Are

Towards a Regenerative Culture, Together We Are, took place 29.02.2020, a couple of weeks before Covid changed everything. Our Exit Map artists who regularly come together via the Shared Practice, proposed new ways to meet movement and dance, adding a taste of political activism to further a social and environmental integration for our local community and dance hub. Performances, interventions, classes, talks, think tanks, clothes swap and games filled a whole day offering an entertaining yet thoughtful palette that brought people together by activating their minds and bodies to physically experience and share political, social and gender agendas. With left over food provided by local businesses and an audio station that shared interviews with locals we created a landscape that saw everyone involved, affirming the need to speak up and be heard while carefully carving the skills to welcome differences so as to meet togetherness like a blank canvas where a true picture of who we are and what we are living is only ever true when we allow all colours and shapes to paint it. 

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Contributing artists:

Laura Doehler

Tania Soubry

Anne-Gaelle Thiriot

Jay Jule

Lucy Thane

Volunteers:

Sebastian Ruiz

Alexandra Baybutt

Helena Webb

Femke Baumann

We connect and stand in life with our bodies as medium that hold infinite potentials.

Movement and voice, the visual and the audio, the thinking and the sensing body;

Awareness through witnessing and participation. We invite to collectively design and shape the world around. In Together We are we seek growth by sharing responsibilities before, during and after the event and by taking an honest and critical stance we present the ideas we have and ask how others understand themselves as part of culture(s) we need to realise and claim.

 

Performances

Who is John Wick?

by and with Laura Doehler and Exit Map support​

John Wick is a man who kills and gets killed over and over again. He exists as fiction alive in minds, readily obscuring reality. What is it to live in multiple realities, what are the hiding places and what is it we reveal of ourselves when we wear other people’s masks? This work describes a split identity wherein multiple personalities point at isolation and a search to find and make a connect to others.  

Brave (K)New Rave by Tania Soubry dance artist, and core facilitation.

Performer: Tania Soubry, interactive performance

This work was in residency at Berlin Ufer Studios until 14.09.2020

Let’s rave regenerative stories. How can we live together without beating each other up? How can we dance our way out of crisis? When did you last cry at the news? When did you last dance until sweat dripped down your face? Lie down if you want to, get up when you want. I invite you to listen, to reflect, to dance alone, with me, with us.

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Octopussies  by Anne-Gaelle Thiriot and Jay Yule Dance Artists and facilitation

Performers: Anne-Gaelle Thiriot and Laura Doehler, duet

This piece was born out of a desire to explore the female relationship to sexuality and penetration. Drawing on their own individual research, Anne-Gaelle’s physical practice around softness in relationship to tension and desire, meeting Jay’s research into female pleasure and the societal representation of the vulva. Octopussies has been drawing on various cultural approaches to this topic, human and animal. Aiming to evoke and question, they hope to encourage viewers to think about their own sexualities, environments and influences that mould or unmould them.

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Story Dance by Lucy Thane, Dance and Performance Artist

A “StoryDance” workshop, inspiring people to find movement from a small story that compiles into a group dance linking each small movement and story together. It may become a procession if we wish, it may become what we want it to be. Included is a small presentation about Anna, Tamalpa and the Planetary dance. Anna Halprin is a dancer and performance artist who sees beauty in our everyday movements. She revolutionized the meaning of dance by challenging convention and embracing issues of aging, disability and illness into her performances. Considered the mother of postmodern dance, many of her works have been based on scores, including Planetary Dance, 1987, and Myths in the 1960s which gave a score to the audience, making them performers as well.

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