I believe that we are having a dialogue


I believe that we are having a dialogue is a dance performance that emphasizes on the simple yet complex notion of being together. We are together on stage – moving and speaking - creating a space where possible moments of togetherness can be experienced. The feeling of togetherness is a fugitive phenomena that constantly needs to be re-negotiated and re-experienced in order to exist. In our performance we are consciously letting this negotiation be visible, as it involves our agreements and virtues as well as our misunderstandings and shortcomings.

Can you feel what I feel? When do we actually experience togetherness?

The piece was developed during a period of 4 months living apart in summer 2011 and 9 weeks of non-stop togetherness in winter 2011-2012, while working in residence at Labor Gras in Berlin, Trois C-L in Luxembourg and Jojo dance centre in Oulu.

Concept & Performance: Anne-Mareike Hess & Sandra Lolax

Outside eye: Christiane Berger

light design: Jari Haavikko

Co-production: Trois C-L, le Ministère de la Culture Luxembourg.

Support: Jojo Oulu Dance Center, Labor Gras Berlin, Svensk-österbottniska Samfundet rf., Fondation Indépendance Luxembourg, Institut Culturel Finlandais, Fonds Culturel National Luxembourg


When listening to these women, time stands still somewhere in the extreme depth of human existence.

Petri Kauppninen for Kaleva newspaper Oulu 15.3.2012


"A dialogue full of physical dynamics –

"I believe that we are having a dialogue", a dance dialogue full of subtle physical dynamics, that almost artlessly fluctuates between different moods or charges"  

"The interesting thing is how one body reacts to the other with a kind of doubleness, sometimes they copy each other, but just as often their centers of gravity, directions and tempo drift apart."


"The fine line between play and seriousness becomes even clearer in the more aggressive parts, when the physical contact paradoxically strengthens. To dare to claim one's independence is a part of the art of being together as well as longing for the one that one feels a strong affinity for. The bodies of the dancers intertwine into a human tree, but the symbiosis also raises a fear, that expresses itself in battle. Eventually they find their way back to a fugitive, synchronized movement in freedom. The circle is closed. "I believe that we are having a dialogue" is like a contemporary, physical offshoot to August Strindberg's chamber plays. But here the bodies speak, also to us"

Article by de Anna Ångström for Svenska Dagebladet 1.12.2012

They always relate to each other and they address intimacy without melting into a couple. They keep their boundaries without being separated at any moment. Intimacy here, is not a matter of psychology and nearly doesn't touch narration. Intimacy here, is grounded on a deep understanding of the other one's way to act as a mover. The two women share their ideas about how to be together without loosing yourself. They offer a kind of coexistence of individuality and commonality.”

(Christiane Berger, Berlin)


16.3.2012 | Valvesali Oulu, (FI)

17.3.2012 | Valvesali Oulu, (FI)

23.3.2012 | Draamasali, Vaasa, (FI)

24.3.2012 | Draamasali, Vaasa, (FI)

21.4.2012 | Banannefabrik, (Lux)

22.4.2012 | Banannefabrik, (Lux)

29.4.2012 | Uferstudios Berlin, (DE) (showing)

3.5.2012 | Inkonst, Malmö, (SWE)

4.5.2012 | Inkonst, Malmö, (SWE)

14.9.2012 | Kutomo,Turku, (FI)

15.9.2012 | Kutomo,Turku, (FI)

29.11.2012 | Weld, Stockholm (SWE)

30.11.2012 | Weld, Stockholm (SWE)