In NIREUS, Willie Stark translates her observations of the Narrow-Banded Blue Swallowtail (a butterfly native to sub-Saharan Africa) into movement and music. The butterfly serves as an example for the transitional geometry of movement into erratic fluttering patterns, which are the central object of the choreography.
The focus of this artistic approach lies on the idea of spatial shaping. With improvisation, choreographic interpretation, music, and sound, Willie Stark examines the coexistence of lines and curves in space.
By researching the butterfly’s rhythmical and coloured batting patterns, the performer creates a harmony between form and space in front of a soundless melody. This produces beautiful pictures, embedded in soundscapes.
Willie Stark is a celebrated performing artist with a work emphasis on contemporary dance techniques, on urban dance as well as on African dances.
As a dancer and choreographer, she has shared her knowledge and artistic practice for House dance and Afrobeats as a tanzhaus nrw teacher since 2014.
Conzept, Performance: Willie Stark; Music: Willie Stark und Christine Mayanja; Kostume: Jotjot Fashion; Outside eye: Dominique Breuer