Expedition: Freedom

A performance by Kollaborativet – Ellen Spens, Lisbeth Hagerman, Charlotte Elm Ravn.

Costumes: Kollaborativet and Chiara Pellizzer.

Photo: Jacob Ravn

After one weeks intense creative process, the performance Expedition: Freedom met the audience at the small and beautiful festival Backafestivalen in Baskemölla, at Österlen. It turned out to be a kind of  site-specific dance performance, lasting for about 30 minutes. We were asked to do something for children, but honestly we didn’t think about age while working. According to the questions afterwards we though succeeded in triggering the kids fantasy and making them a bit confused. What are you supposed to be? What are you doing? Why? After the performance it was also clear that this isn’t a completed piece, but a work in progress. We got some interesting response from inspired people and we probably will continue the process collaborating with other artists, at other locations and in other medias. What happens if we are in a forest, in an industrial area, in a sand deposit? What happens if a graphic designer directs us? And what would a musician do with the piece? Maybe it is also a photo project, a film , a …

Butoh introduction with Anita Saij

Anita Saij at Nordic School of Butoh

I have now been taking my first steps into the world of Butoh. This weekend I attended a workshop in Copenhagen where Anita Saij introduced her Butoh body work. It was inspiring and challenging, both physically and mentally, and very much what I hoped for. It feels so right for me to work with the connection between body, mind and spirit – a fusion between art and philosophy.

We worked outdoors and indoors at Christiania, and with the connection between the outside world and the inside world. We did exercises where we were blindfolded and the body had to read the surroundings and find it’s way by itself. And we did exercises where we had to create a universe inside and let the body transform as a response to the mind.

We also did technical exercises to recreate the natural body – strong and open and ready to act. One basic thing with Butoh, as I understood it,  is to work to release the body to be able to work by itself. Another key thing is that the body is a part of the nature and has a kind of collective memory. It is full of experiences.

I could connect the new information and experiences to my knowledge about and experience from puppet theatre, mime, yoga and zen-coaching and I really want to go further into Butoh…

International renowned performer and teacher through 25 years within experimental dance, theatre, somatic practice and movement philosophy. Direct students of the co founder and great elder master Kazuo Ohno. Anita Saij was the first European teacher; dancer and choreographer practicing thoughts and technique of the original Japanese Butoh. Her teaching, lectures and performances have been around many cultures, institutes and theatre from the traditional to the avant-garde. She founded the international priced performance group Theatre Dance Lab.1986, Academy Nordic School of Butoh 2003 and since 2008 director of the international dance, performance and life art education Art Human Nature at the European supported Art Culture Center at the Island Bornholm, Dk.