EMBODIED BY 9 / An ode to our times / New piece

Preview 2022

An open invitation to contemplate, process and most of all feel through our times.

This new offering from choreographer Alexandra Waierstall started with the experience of the extraordinary post pandemic time and developed into a deepening of several artistic enquiries.

“IN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF THE MOMENT” is an ambitious group work which also revisits material from a previous interaction between dancers and the “Arena”, the monumental sculpture created by the acclaimed American artist Rita McBride in 1997. This time, it becomes a dance piece embodied by a changing number of dancers.

As a choreographer, Alexandra Waierstall has finely tuned a poetic way to engage us with seemingly contradictory emotions, through exquisite collaborations and the layering of thought-provoking references. Here she also refers to the exiled Lebanese-American, feminist poet and visual artist Etel Adnan, author of “In the Heart of the Heart of another Country” (2004), herself revisiting writer William Gass (1968) in a spiral of references about place and history.

This rich genesis of knowledge creates a transformation process calling to our hearts, real and symbolic.

Indeed, Waierstall here approaches choreography as a navigation system for feeling and renewal. Every movement reflecting how our bodies are adjusting to the rapidly changing social structures. In this work, this is delivered through the stunning dynamic range of finely attuned dancers against an affecting musical score by Stavros Gasparatos.

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An ode to our times

Preview: 26 March 2022, Factory Finale, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany
Duration: 55 min.
People on tour: 12

Choreography, concept: Alexandra Waierstall; Dramaturgical support: Eva Martinez; Artistic collaboration: Volker Hermes, Maria Iole Karolidou; Composition: Stavros Gasparatos; Light design: Caty Olive; Dance, collaboration: Olivia Ancona, Robert Bridger, Ying Yun Chen, Scott Jennings, Amy Josh, Georgios Kotsifakis, Ioanna Paraskevopoulou, Eftychia Stefanou, Karolina Szymura; Text: Maria Iole Karolidou, Alexandra Waierstall; Stage, lights: Alexandra Waierstall; Costumes: Alexandra Waierstall, Horst Weierstall; Management Alexandra Waierstall: Judith Jaeger; Production assistance: Maria Sauerland

Production: Noema Dance Works e.V.; Coproduction: tanzhaus nrw; Supported by: the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf.

This is the text heard as voiceover in the live performance.

Written by Maria Iole Karolidou and Alexandra Waierstall. Spoken by Alexandra Waierstall.

Welcome. Today we will be moving into invisible structures with bodies present, with light, in darkness, experiencing liminal spaces, expanding the weight of the mind. We don’t know much about you but we are feeling a sense of unreality these days. The breath slightly bends the knee, I move forward and backwards. I remind myself, oneself, yourself, ourself. Again. Pause. Repeat. Wait. What are these times?

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This is where they started
Activated bodies, on the floor
Moving through space
Measuring distance
Unfolding a practice

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Minute after minute after minute I am caught in this practice.
I move backwards and forwards.
The roof orbits the stage.
I try to keep my balance.
I lean on the periphery.
Silence. Pause. Repeat.
Your heart. Diaphanous. Heart.
Your heart. Diaphanous. Heart.
The lights.
Tiny asteroids.
Your eyes.
Mind your step.
Switch off the lights.