Something invisible looses its impact on reality as well as its ability to receive consideration from its environment. What are the causes of a viewer’s failure to fully perceive oneself and surroundings simply as they are?
At the beginning of the year 2015, me and the Finnish dancer Maria Rutanen left to South America for a ten-weeks-long experience across different countries, with the idea of developing a multimedial performance based on a specific itinerant research. The magic word is In=Visible, a theme which we have been encouraged to explore by the belgian-based Weave collective, that joined us in a part of the artistic process.
Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign we could initiate our quest, based on three steps :
- Join a month-long creative caravan and meet local artists and memebers of the community across Argentina to explore the theme In=Visible through dance, music and film.
- Offer a dance and movement lab in La Paz, Bolivia, with the aim of sharing part of our research and deepening the chosen theme from a different perspective.
- Get to know a shaman who works with native local medicine and explore the unconcious mind through the use of entheogenic plants.
The months following the South American phase were dedicated to concretize our experiences into a multimedial performance, a short dance film and a documentary.
The piece, called Maya, was created in the course of our residency at Lake Studios Berlin is visible here below.
Live music, film projection: Alex Zampini | Dance: Maria Rutanen | Costume design: Mariam McHitar