PRESENTATION

– DANCING PLAGUE –

Lea Martini & Anne-Mareike Hess

Block-pict by Marc Laroche

With the block DANCING PLAGUE, the german choreographer Lea Martini and the luxembourgish choreographer Anne-Mareike Hess invites to a reflection on the infectious potential of movement and possibilities of surrender, starting from the phenomena of the dancing plague in Europe’s Middle Age.

The block concists of a residency for Lea Martini & Anne-Mareike Hess working on the theme DANCING PLAGUE and will include an artist presentation, performances, a workshop for ten selected dancers, a lecture and film-evening hosted by Roberto N. Peyre and a concert with Tian Rotteveel followed by a dance-night open for everyone to join.

DANCING PLAGUE happens at Skogen between the 4th and 18th of January 2014 and will then continue at Weld, Stockholm.

Supported by: Västra Götalandsregionen, Göteborgs Stad, Statens Kulturråd, Goethe Institut Schweden & Ministry of Culture Luxembourg

PROGRAM

11 JAN
19.00: LEA MARTINI – IN THE INSIDE THERE IS SLEEPING, The first Outburst. Soloperformance.
20.00: LEA MARTINI & ANNE-MAREIKE HESS: Artist talk and presentation of DANCING PLAGUE
21.00: Dinner by The Royal Container Academy
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12 JAN
18.00: ROBERTO N. PEYRE: RUPTURE – RECORD – SCREEN >> Pt 1: Filmkväll och föreläsning.
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13 – 18 JAN
WORKSHOP. Facilitated by LEA MARTINI  and ANNE-MAREIKE HESS. (The workshop is full!)

18 JAN
19.00: COLLECTIVE PERFORMANCE of the participants of the workshop.
20.00: (approx): Food served.
21.00: TIAN ROTTEVEEL: FLIPSIDES. Concert.
22.00: DANCENIGHT: DJ:s LEA MARTINI, ANNE-MAREIKE HESS & TIAN ROTTEVEEL.
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GLOSSARY

  • Dancing plague / dancing mania /choreomania / St John’s Dance / St. Vitus’ Dance

Dancing mania was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It involved groups of people, sometimes thousands at a time, who danced uncontrollably and bizarrely. They would also scream, shout, sing and claim to have visions or hallucinations.

The mania affected men, women and children, who danced until they collapsed from exhaustion and sometimes even died. One of the first major outbreaks was in Aachen, Germany, in 1374, and it quickly spread throughout Europe; one particularly notable outbreak occurred in Strasbourg in 1518. Affecting thousands of people across several centuries, dancing mania became a real problem and was therefore well documented in contemporary reports. It was nevertheless poorly understood, and remedies were based on guesswork. Generally, musicians accompanied dancers, to help ward off the mania, but this tactic sometimes backfired by encouraging more to join in. There is no consensus among modern-day scholars as to the cause of dancing mania.

It is, however, understood as a mass psychogenic illness in which the occurrence of similar physical symptoms, with no known physical cause, affect a large group of people as a form of social influence.

  • Role of the music/sound

The spread of the mass dances was supported by musicians, which incited the dancers with their flutes and tambourines. The music played also a major role in the so-called counter-dances that were used for taming and healing the dancers.

Through the repetition of certain dance steps and the percussive rhythm of the music, the dancers were supposed to calm down and find back into their rhythm of life.

Some sources also report that the dancers got seduced by voices, sounds and rhythms they heard in their ears.

  • Meditation

The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration single-pointed analysis, meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well being while engaging in any life activity.

  • Viral

Viral phenomena are objects or patterns able to replicate themselves or convert other objects into copies of themselves when these objects are exposed to them. This has become a common way to describe how thoughts, information and trends move into and through a human population.

  • Plague

Latin plaga ‘stroke, wound,’ probably from Greek (Doric dialect) plaga, from a base meaning ‘strike.’

  • MYTH nr. 602

There was a man, his name the was Vierscherig, who had five children, of whom the eldest were a girl named Barbara, 13 years old, a little boy, 9, and again a girl who was 7 years old. They were caught on Palm Sunday 1551 from the dancing mania, began to dance and jump whimsically and strange like no one has ever heard and seen, and in an incomprehensible way they danced day and day seven till eight hours in both breadths and length back and forth, in all corners, out of the parlor in the house, and out of the house in the parlor always jumping and spinning, so that they became barbarously tired, they snuffled and wheezed, so that no one would have been astonished if they had broke down on the spot and died. And when they could no longer stand from exhaustion they turned and troubled their heads on the earth, as if they wanted to dance on them; finally they slept for a while and lied down as if they were dead. When they awoke again, sometimes they begged for something to eat, then the started hopping and jumping again, day and night, as long as it came over them, they talked little and now and then all of them were laughing simultaneously. A priest wanted to help them overcome the addiction with spiritual encouragement, he took them nine days in his house, but it was all in vain.

  • From an Interview with Bryan Eno

And we’ve learnt not just to accept being out of control, but to enjoy it.

Yes, and to be good at it. I think surrender should be an active verb. We think of it as passive. I’m interested in the words active and passive – what if you think of it as action and passion. In other words, surrender is an active choice.

So you’ve talked about surrender as an umbrella term that encompasses four core spheres of human activity: sex, drugs or intoxicants, religion and art. All of which involve surrender.

Yes. Religion is interesting because it comes with a superstructure of belief, which I wish I could jettison.

  • Alain Platel on choreography

“Choreography” is an ugly word. Some words are just ugly,
like “choreography”.

But then … it comes from “chorea”
which is the name of an illness that affects the nervous system.
The symptoms are: 
sudden, fast, uncontrolled, hysteric movements of the body.

Strange to realize that in my work. I seem to touch the core and deep sense of this word more and more.

So, after all

I believe

it’s a very beautiful word.

In the inside there is sleeping

my secret title for the act of moving

expenditure

spending, paying out, outlay, use, disbursement, doling out, waste, wasting, frittering (away), dissipation

IN THE INSIDE THERE IS SLEEPING

LEA MARTINI

11 JAN,  kl 19.00

 

Lea solo (foto André Wunstorf)

submerged, in a certain way keen on sports
and the particles of skin

the phantasma of a daily practice that slowly
takes over
that grows into dissolution

there’s no good reason to disappear completely,
there’s no good reason to avoid extinction

where could we find each other?
on which bridge in which paris?
in which unwritten novel?

(in which century under which corsage would we murmur?)

it’s a solo that misses the others
it’s a daily practice that hopefully kills its operator
one day

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IN THE INSIDE THERE IS SLEEPING is a second public showing. It had its first outburst at the Theater Freiburg in December 2013. It can be developed due to the support of Theater Freiburg, Skogen, Weld and Tanzplattform Deutschland.

RUPTURE – RECORD – SCREEN >> Pt 1

THE REVOLUTIONARY  UNCONSCIOUS AS MUSICALITIES AT THE BORDER.

– lecture & filmevening –

12 JAN, kl 18.00

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AN ACOUSMETIC VIDEOGRAMMAR OF THE HAUNTED, THE INTOXICATED, THE CONTAGIOUS, THE VIRAL AND THE POSSESSED AS SONIC FICTION TRAPPED, MAPPED AND SNAPPED. THE EVENT IS A COLLECTIVE  JOURNEY THROUGH HIVES OF PRE RECORDED SOUNDS AND SIGHTINGS PILOTED BY THE ARTIST ROBERTO N PEYRE.

A fine selection of samples from feature-, doumentary-, Art-, and amateur movies will be screened throughout the evening, beginning at 6pm sharp.

OBS ! There will be flickering lights, strong and explicit film scenarios. This evening is not suitable for children, epileptics and the faint hearted.

COLLECTIVE PERFORMANCE

18 JAN, kl 19.00

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Twelve people connected through the curiousity
for Dance and Plagues.
Open the doors for a public showing
After five days of incubation time at Skogen

We will be the hosts for something other than ourselves.
A viral self, capable to transmit its voice, shape and its strength from one body to
the proximate one.

WITH

Lea Martini

Anne-Mareike Hess

Soledad Howe

Fredrika Byman-Moberg

Anna-Karin Domfors

Marie Ursin

Alexandra Tveit

Sanna Blennow

Li Molnar Kronlid

Annegret Schalke

Pia Nordin

Lisen Ellard

FLIPSIDES

– Concert –

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18 JAN, at 21.00
(Inside a program with presentation of workshop at 19.00 and dance night from 22.00)

Flipsides (photo Tian Rottveel)

Flipsides is a spectral soundconcert. Where a process of unstoppable sound is transformed into meaning and organized music, but also into the domain of mere sensation. Unrecognizable sound activates sense making processes but also stimulates the visceral capacity of the body entraining with a phenomena of sound.  Such sound is being worked on, and carefully transformed into the very musical domains, opening narrative, harmonic and orchestral music. Exploring the flipside between electronic and acoustic music, and the flipside between the understandable and the non-understandable.

Live music performance and compositions: Tian Rotteveel

Duration: approx. 50min

Tian Rotteveel (NL)(’84) studied music composition (2002-2009) at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and HKU-KMT in Utrecht and currently finishing his study in choreography and dance at HZT in Berlin where he commits to the practice of movement, sound and language as one intertwined practice. His solo performance work Soulsqueezing (2011) has an ongoing international tour since its premiere. His chamber orchestral works for music ensembles such as MAE-Ensemble, Rosa Ensemble in Holland had appearances in acclaimed concert halls in Holland and broadcasts on the Dutch Radio. Rotteveel has been working with MAE-Chamber Ensemble, Jeremy Wade, Tino Sehgal, Jared Gradinger & Angela Schubot, Lea Martini, David Zambrano and taught voice and sonic movement research to Meg Stuart’s Damaged Goods, SEAD, Plesna Izna Maribor, Goethe institute Sofia and other places.

DANCE-NIGHT

18 JAN, 22.00

Subsequent to the concert experience « Flipsides » by Tian Rotteveel and as a closure of the Dancing Plague block, we invite you to a dance night. It is an invitation to follow the rhythm of the music and to surrender to your dance desires. Let’s leave our prejudice and concerns behind and shake it all out.

Dj’s: Lea Martini, Tian Rotteveel & Anne-Mareike Hess

OBS! In case of devoted dancing the participants run the risk to be overwhelmed.

 

WORKSHOP

– DANCING PLAGUE –

Facilitated by Lea Martini and Anne-Mareike Hess @ skogen

13 – 18th of January
10.00 – 16.00 daily
Public presentation on the 18th at 19.00.

Dancing mania – also known as dancing plague, choreomania, St John’s Dance and, historically, St. Vitus’ Dance – was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It involved groups of people, sometimes thousands at a time, who danced uncontrollably and bizarrely. They would also scream, shout, sing and claim to have visions or hallucinations.
The mania affected men, women and children, who danced until they collapsed from exhaustion and sometimes even died. One of the first major outbreaks was in Aachen, Germany, in 1374, and it quickly spread throughout Europe; one particularly notable outbreak occurred in Strasbourg in 1518. Affecting thousands of people across several centuries, dancing mania became a real problem and was therefor well documented in contemporary reports. It was nevertheless poorly understood, and remedies were based on guesswork. Generally, musicians accompanied dancers, to help ward off the mania, but this tactic sometimes backfired by encouraging more to join in. There is no consensus among modern-day scholars as to the cause of dancing mania.
It is, however, understood as a mass psychogenic illness in which the occurrence of similar physical symptoms, with no known physical cause, affect a large group of people as a form of social influence.

With the workshop Dancing Plague we would like to start-off an experiment on the capacities of human bodies.
Dealing mainly with the notion of infectiousness and surrendering, we ponder: How could we possibly start a collective movement that could potentially be communicable, transmittable, transferable, spreadable, contagious and ultimately epidemic all at once?

We will offer our bodies as hosts of something other than ourselves, something that we can’t control. A viral self, capable to transmit its voice, shape and its strength from one body to the proximate one.

Influences from dance meditations, clubbing, excessive speaking, the 5 rhythm dance, meditation, breath work and shared phantasmagorias will be the fertile ground for a daily durational practise that grows into a public presentation in the end of the workshop.

We will treat the theatre space of Skogen as an incubation site’ for contagious  cultivation.  How can we provide the right conditions in which all these major and expansive movements take place within the limits of our seeable body?
DANCING PLAGUE as a claim for the erasure of the limits that divide audience and performers, movement and dance, as a call for less immunity on all levels.

PARTICIPANTS:

Soledad Howe

Fredrika Byman-Moberg

Anna-Karin Domfors

Marie Ursin

Alexandra Tveit

Sanna Blennow

Li Molnar Kronlid

Annegret Schalke

Pia Nordin

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