Tanzcompagnie Rubato_ A C T _ BLOG_post1_2013

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A c t 

This is our first BOLG post concerning the production A c t.

Premiere October 18th. 2013_@ EDEN*****Theaterspace, Berlin

Already 2011 we began analysing the relationship between the massive political protest movements happening in different countries and cultures around the world, asking for change in the society, for more participation, or more radical: for a revolution, and the body  (e.g. Tunisia, Occupy USA, Anti-Globalization-Campaign, Stuttgart 21 …)

Although the internet, Facebook, Twitter…had a big impact for all these movements / revolutions, in the end “the body” was the most important factor for change.

Material from the insights we draw conclusions, have been:

– hundreds of video clips available in the internet,

– books and articles, describing and analysing some of these political movements,

– talks and interviews with activist in Tunisia, Egypt, USA, Germany.

With this material and Informations we started 2013 with our practice in the studio.

With excerpts we like to give you an overview about our ongoing practice, research, process.

We start with some Q&A we communicated with Amira Chebil, a female activist, actress, dancer,choreographer from Tunisia.

1. did you experience a change of physical, bodily behaviours of “the people” as a result of the recent political process in your country

2. If so, are there differences between man and women?

3. Are there „typical“ gestures that have been used or invented in the process of protests?

4. The internet was a tool for communication between people, to activate  people, how would you describe the role that the body played during the protests?

5. Do you have any other comments, ideas that could be helpful to understand the relation between body and protest / rebellion?

She answered:

I spent a lot of time to think observe analyse the way these revolutions changed our relation to our bodies to the bodies of each others and to the space ( the public space). of course there have been so amazingly remarkable changes:

first, the way people share the public space and move into it as it was an almost  forbidden space or a space where you must behave the way the regime wanted you to behave so you might walk run eat drink but not sing not dance and absolutely not demonstrate, therefore always avoid the crowd as the regime (for explainable reasons now 🙂 )was “scared” of the crowd and the collective euphoria , the anger of the faceless mass the way people walk and invade the streets is totally a new one , you feel the new era where people know they belong to the street and that the street belongs to them and that the street is the important spot of their struggle against the system, the place of expressions and claims .

there is a whole new body language proper to the demonstration a way of standing a way of raising chest head hand and voice. and a whole new reflexes system of being ready to run to avoid teargas to run away to a place from where  you can be back to the initial point.

I also felt how people got used to be into the crowd to gather to quickly organize them self and put themselves together to listen to each other in order to chant the same slogan .

… all this process is still totally new and on a discovery phase, … it is still so fascinating to experiment the art expression in the public space (some friends made an impressive experience of street dance, please find attached a link for some videos of their project called “je danserai malgré tout: I will dance no matter what …”  http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=je+danserais+malgr%C3%A9+tout&oq=je+danse&gs_l=youtube.3.0.35i39j0l9.819.1953.0.3133.8.8.0.0.0.0.229.1273.1j5j2.8.0…0.0…1ac.1.11.youtube.d0ifXXK7o9Q

of course it is still different between men and women but still you feel less tension, even though insecure… but the new freedom is so contradictory , for example : as the veil was almost forbidden under Ben Ali , women are now free more than ever to put the veil work with it and therefor there are more veiled women who share this public space so the first impression is not necessarily of a newly revolted country but that is one of the expressions of dress code freedom …

… for me the difference between men and women is one of the central axes of this reflection as it says a lot about social economical and political change but it is in the heart of all the changes concerning the body languages and the public space and it is the main material of public debate now

gosh I feel confused I still have a lot to say about it I will look for more questions and also ideas from you 🙂

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About tanzcompagnie rubato

Tanzcompagnie R u b a t o The Berlin based dance company Rubato was founded in 1985 by Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann. Up to this day Rubato has developed more then 50 full – length pieces in various artistic constellations and cultures and presented them in numerous tours around the world. 1990 to 1992 Rubato worked with Gerhard Bohner (one of the most important dance artist in Germany for a new approach to contemporary choreography in the 80 and 90) and received the „Award for performing Art“ by Akademie der Künste, Berlin in 1992. Since 1995 Rubato has regulary worked and co-produced in China (Guangdong, Peking, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yunna Province). Beside other productions, the international project „Duty Free“(2001) has been produced with dancers from China, Estonia, Canada and Germany. „America! Question“ (2004) a piece with six US dancers produced in the USA and toured in Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, Boston, New York. In 2005 Rubato created two commissioned pieces for the „House of World Cultures“ in Berlin, Shanghai Beauty, a piece with 14 chinese dancers and Eidos_Tao. Shanghai Beauty toured in 2006 world wide and was the most successful piece in Switzeland during the „Steps 2006“ Festival. A generous grant from the Cultural Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany made it from 2009 to 2010 possible, to create a work with six independent young chinese dancers / choreographers from Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai: LOOK AT ME, I´M CHINESE. The piece was successfully premiered 2010 in Berlin, at the prestigious international dance festival: TANZ IM AUGUST. In 2011 MILK&BREAD / RICE&WATER was produced in Shanghai and Berlin and connected three chinese dancers and three western dancer. “THE SWATCH ART PEACE HOTEL GUEST RESIDENCY PROGRAM” has invited Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann as first dancers / choreographers to join the residency program from December 2012 until March 2013. In 2013 and 2014 Rubato will receive again a 2 years grant from the „cultural department, city of Berlin“.

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