Searching for an alternative form of historiography, stored neither in books nor on digital platforms but rather in bodies, choreographer Katja Heitmann explores the personal movements of the people of the city of Düsseldorf. She mounts a movement archive with her team, dedicated to the small and minuscule everyday movements – and this archive is exclusive to tanzhaus nrw. The dancers compose unique portraits from the material collected, they preserve it within their bodies and create them. In August 2020, Katja Heitmann will continue her research in an open studio at tanzhaus nrw and will eventually make this accessible in a movement exhibition.
Katja Heitmann lives and works in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and designs projects situated between choreography and visual arts. She last guested at tanzhaus nrw presenting “Pandora’s Dropbox” and “For iTernity”. During a “residence in reality”, back in 2018, she already explored everyday movements together with visitors* to the Zentrum Plus/DRK in the Friedrichstadt quarter of Düsseldorf.
About the project idea: Katja Heitmann developed the Düsseldorf movement archive in a three-step process: She introduced her method to preserve and to provide visibility to movement during a lecture performance at tanzhaus nrw in March. During the following days, Düsseldorf citizens* could donate their movements to the archive while Katja Heitmann’s team surveyed, examined and documented the individual movements of the people, borrowed from everyday motion, during one-hour interviews.
Duration: approximately 60 min. per session
Thu 27.08. + Fri 28.08. 17:00 – 21:00
Sat 29.08. + Sun 30.08. 15:00 – 19:00
Concept, choreography: Katja Heitmann; Concept, music, production: Sander van der Schaaf; Performance: Wies Berkhout, Lea Christensen, Rebecca Collins, Manou Koreman, Eleni Ploumi, Ornella Prieto, Anne Roeper, Merle Schiebergen; Articstic and production assistance: Moene Roovers.
A project by Katja Heitmann / this is not a show, co-produced by Dans Brabant and tanzhaus nrw as part of Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser, funded by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. With the support of Performing Arts Fund, Province of Noord Brabant, municipality of Tilburg.