BLOCK 18: PRELUDE ON LOVE, A SNAKE RESEARCH
ROBERT STEIJN, RICARDO RUBIO, ROBIN MEIER
RS: Two years ago, in a gallery in Helsinki I tried to hypnotize my audience by only moving my hands and fingers. Unconsciously my torso started to twist, and my feet wanted to move all the time in the opposite direction of my hands. I felt moving like a snake, with my legs as the tail and my hands as its head. Two months later an Ubanda-priest in Sao Paulo told me in trance, that he saw the snake in me, he predicted me that in the future the snake would dance on stage, and I wouldn’t be there anymore. I decided to make a little snake dance in my next performance, an outdoor event in the forest. Afterwards the audience was excited about what happened, they told me that they saw a big snake appearing out of the bushes, coming very close to me, the moment I started my first movements. In the snake poems, which I made for this performance, the snake was capable to fly. It felt weird to me, because in my opinion a snake belonged to the most grounded animals I knew. So I googled if a flying snake would indeed exist somewhere, and I stumbled on a mythical one in Mexico city, named Quetzalcoatl. I decided to go to Mexico city to study the statues which embodies this Aztec and Mayan God. In the first week of my stay there, I gave a workshop and met Ricardo Rubio. The moment I saw him moving, I saw him and me, encircling each other as two snakes. So I wanted to work and dance with him and invited him for my residency in Skogen. Read more here.
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