Towards a Regenerative Culture, Together We Are
Towards a Regenerative Culture took place 29.02.2020 and proposed new ways to integrate movement, dance and social actions for social and environmental integration while simultaneously readying body and mind to imagine a future together. We shared approaches via performances and teaching to integrate ’embodiment, political / social and gender reflections; a pathway for people to understand the role of movement, its potential towards creative solutions concerning social structures and how to maintain and build a personal and physical ecology?
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.
This is activism that is of gentle and inviting nature where we craft a space creatively and managerially for the local community especially and the Green, the community centre whose vision it is to bring people together and to inspire presence and well being. We also do it for ourselves because for us it is the only way to meet a future well.
Performances that happened:
Who is John Wick? by Laura Doehler, dance artist and core facilitator
Performer: Laura Doehler, solo
John Wick is a man who kills and gets killed over and over again and still he stands. 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. A true self flickers intermittently between images and personalities we borrow, showing itself by pushing trying to trigger. Numbness of not being affected based on receiving and submerging in stimuli that the more intense they become the less responsive we are. Loss of presence and loss of confidence obscures purpose; coincides with an emerging of violent and sexually trying material. As though stuck in a video game, in this world violence is the last straw; it fills a hole with a hole. Framed by mirrors and lights it produces a dog in a kennel. It creates a circle where the outside is an idea we play with; the audience becomes the spectator to a movie that brings themes we know from the screen such as John Wick into an environment that based on its physical presence leaves alienation and instead becomes real.
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.
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.
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.
THINKTANK, CLOTHES SWAP, CLASSES and TALKS
Images from our Clothes Swap and Green Think Tank corner where plenty of tea and delicious vegan food made for good conversations that at times shifted into a moving studio space where ideas could be explored physically and at other moments received an amplification to give a voice to all who attended and had opinions and thoughts about how to move on together. All money that was donated to classes and food and performances were given to dance artists and The Green Community Centre.