Beginning of July I was performing the extended version "Warrior - durationally unplugged" at the New Baltic Dance Festival in Vilnius. And this is what Dovilė Zavedskaitė wrote in Menų Faktūra about the performance (translated from Lithuanian):
“After watching the performance at the National Gallery of Art - which brought me to meditative states - I remembered a conversation with the dancer Lukas Karvelis, in which he said: 'When I dance, nothing scares me. Then I feel like the strongest man in the world, with no fears.' Anne Mareike Hess is also the strongest person on the planet in her performance, who slowly but surely owns the space with movement, breath, singing and gaze. Not merely taking, but taking and occupying. I don't even want to use metaphors - what I see here is not a fight or a warrior, but a moving body, at first alien to the space, and finally so necessary to the space that without the dancer there is almost a hole.”
Find the full article here
And a second article here
Photo by Dmitrijus Matvejevas
Last weekend was magical.
The space was beautiful
The audience was beautiful
And performing this extended version brought me to new places in the material and in the emotionality. What a trip!
Thank you Gintaré Masteikaite and New Baltic Dance for inviting me and giving me this chance.
Thank you Dmitrij Matvejev for the great photos
...sings the warrior.
This week I‘ll perform my solo “Warrior“ on saturday June 26th, Live at Summer ReCollection Festival by Aerowaves in Ljubljana
Since a few days I am back in the studio, rehearsing to get back to the piece and find the warrior in me. It is a very rewarding and pleasurable process.
I am looking forward to be on stage again.
These are Traces from last weeks sessions of the one-on-one telephone performance „Through the wire„ at boraboradans
"I had a very wonderful experience - both flying and sinking deeply into the ground of the forest. I actually feel both happy - laughing and energized! Thank you!"
It is a great honor to share these special moments with the participants.
You can find more traces here
On July 2&3 I‘ll be performing my solo „Warrior“ in a adapted 2h durationally unplugged version at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius in the context of the New Baltic Dance Festival.
This is gonna be so exciting to perform live and meet the audience.
I am also looking forward to be back at the studio and work on this adapted version.
3 weeks of residency at Neimënster come to an end.
I was working among others on my research „choreographing identities“.
It was intense and as always a big pleasure to have the privilege to spend this concentrated time in this wonderful place.
Tonight I'll have a short research presentation at TROIS C-L, sharing some thoughts and images with a small audience.
In the context of my current research "choreographing idetities" I had the pleasure last week to spend 2 days with choreographer Jee-Ae Lim. Jee-Ae gave me an introduction into korean traditional dance and on the basis of this experience we discussed about how specific movement and body posture carry some kind of values and create identity. And how these movements and values are passed over from generation to generation through embodyment. Very inspiring!
Begining 2020 I have accepted to write regularely at La Glaneuse’s Carte blanche to take the reader into the intimacy of my work. In this new episode, the reader discovers how the pandemic led me to imagine “Though the wire”, a project that allows me to reconnect differently with the public.
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Last week I have started a new reasearch project called "choreographing identities. I would like to explore how the practice of specific coded movements, postures and gestures affects and shapes the body and identity of a person and vice versa.
Today I have invited Pit Vinandy and his avatar Cyperpier to learn about his approach of working in virtual reality.
Excited to see where this will go.
Today was the last of the first series of 10 one-on-one sessions of the project "Through the wire"@Neimënster. It has been a great journey and I amgreatful to have met with 10 wonderful participants creating and sharing some heartwarming and magic moments together.
This has been the start of a longer journey. Stay tuned for more sessions to come.
Connected Through the wire
Here are some traces the participants left on the wall. Beautiful memories.
Today on air at Radio 100,7
Thank you Valerija Berdi for the nice interview and giving me the chance to talk about the upcoming project Through the wire and my experiences from 2020.
Listen to the full interview here
In the meantime I keep on working on the project and it takes more and more shape.
Today we finished the light and scenography, creating a dreamy space for the participants to sit comfortably and immerse into the experience
Book your spot (https://www.neimenster.lu/) and join me for a intimate one-on-one conversation.
Today neimënster had organized a press conference on Zoom, where I talked about my first year as associated artist, looing back at turbulent 2020 and presenting my porjects and plans for 2021. It was a great pleasure to have this opportunity to express myself.
Now I go back to working on the creation of Through the Wire and together with Mélanie Planachard and the technical crew of the house, we work on creating a special room, where the audience member will experience the one to one session. On monday we had fun diving into the furniture storage of this place!
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End of the month is the premier of the project “Through the wire”! A project happening in form of one-to-one phone calls between me and one participant. The sessions will be hosted by Neimënster. Check out the dates!
So far it is a very interesting process with so many new challenges and input...there is so much to learn! I have already started to work and exchange with dramaturg Thomas Schaupp, costum designer Mélanie Planchard and coach Yoav Shavit. Wow, it is a whole new univers, trying to create a choreographic experience only over the phone!
The pandemic of the last 12 months has fundamentally changed my relationship with my own body and with other bodies. It's hard to describe, but distance, mistrust, restraint, isolation, waiting, restricted breathing - all of these aspects created a kind of alienation and changed my body feeling. I notice an increasing distance between me and my movement practice. Therefore, I feel the strong need to spend regular time in the studio and to get back to my movement practice outside of specific projects. What has changed?
This week I worked on rhythms. Through improvisation, noticing my patterns and listening to music, getting inspired to use different rhythms.
I realize how important music is in my practice, it is strongly coloring what I do.
Become the drum, become the piano. Singing with my sternum, beatboxing with my pelvis.
To be continued...
Little experiment in times of pandemic circumstances. Invited by Centre de création chorégraphique TROIS C-L, I created this small project Our eyes. Yesterday I performed it 8 times in a row. Intense experience.
This performance exists only through the momentary meeting of our eyes: My eyes and the spectator’s eyes. We are keeping the contact as long as it lasts. My body is simultaneously expressing through dance, what happens in this meeting.
I am very grateful for this experience. Performing in front of an audience in such an intimate setting and after such a long time was intense and heartwarming at the same time.
Thank you dear participants for your kindness and openness.
I want to start this New Year by sending you all a virtual hug and by saying THANK YOU for your trust und support!
2020 has no doubt been a little upside down for all of us. Now I am looking forward and am open to embrace all the challenges and beautiful surprises 2021 has to offer. Check here for some positive news.