Production Details / Press Releases
Many layers of expression, overcome each other, bringing us the experience of time and nature, in order to re-connect with the power of nature, and allow the forests to transform and heal bodies exposed to destruction, greed, and loneliness. A forest that is an image, a forest that is sound, a forest that is chaos, and the forest that is humans.
Imagining and projecting a tree, or many trees, that are allowed to raise their voices to try to avoid the tragedy of dissemination of humankind, by the greed of capitalistic societies.
For this performance a mix between sounds and videos documented in different forests in Germany were used to compose an atmospheric landscape that invites the body to dive into it, aiming to bring to the space a mythological forest, that includes diversity, reverence, human greed, and destruction. What are the forests that live within ourselves?
The project, which started in 2020, visited different forests in Germany and tried to come into a dialog, not only with its landscapes and natural life but also with some poetical images narrated by the Yanomami Davi Kopenawa where the Autor points to the emergency of protecting forests, its lives, and populations, to avoid the sky to fall over our heads.
Paula Bellaguarda is a Brazilian artist with focus on embodied dramaturgy and body composition. She graduated in theater direction at the University of Sao Paulo and worked with some of the most relevant directors from theater in São Paulo. Due a specific interest in dance, rooted in somatic practices and instant compositional techniques, and after living years in contact with Brazilian traditional dances, she landed in the Integral movement and performance practice program to deepen interdisciplinary artistic research with Thomas Prattki. At this point, her work integrated somatic movement and voice with audio-visual investigation.
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Cast & Credits
Concept, choreography & performance: Paula Bellaguarda
Video: Paula Bellaguarda, Robert Herzog
Costume: Merõe Rwh
Music & Sound: Paula Bellaguarda, Yanara Zahri and Meredith Monk
NAH DRAN extended: Deep Calls
Curated by Roni Katz and Maya Weinberg.
Dramaturgically accompanied by Roni Katz.
Lights: Robert Prideaux
The ada Studio is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
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The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):