Two Experiments at ImPulsTanz

For the last day of our Yoga & Shibari workshop in ImPulsTanz we are having an informal open last hour:

1. Informal Try out Shibari/Yoga workshop at Arsenal, Vienna
Friday Aug 15th, 19-20 uhr
Arsenal F

Japanese Bondage meets dance! The last hour of this workshop people are invited to watch us. How can restriction inspire movement or stillness? How adventures and inventive can we be with our bodies?

On Saturday, we will be taking part in expressions ’14

2. ‘Shibari Express Extra Hot’
Saturday Aug 16 4 pm
Arsenal 1

A Small Explanation

Between now and the last time I posted something non-reading-ish a whole month has passed. Then, I was in Heppenheim with Dasniya and Florian; now, Vienna and still with the two (though Florian caught a night train to Berlin for what we’ve been sweating on the past month.)

The day after we drove back from Heppenheim, I was back in Alte Kantine with Das Helmi for the second block of filming Adrian Jacobsen’s Reisebericht, now titled Der von einem Stern zum anderen Springt, almost two weeks of puppets, foam, cardboard, musical instruments, that got progressively weirder until it completely untethered itself from any faithful telling of the story. I managed two part-days off at the end of filming—I wanted to write a whole post about the Zeiss lenses I was using, but ah, not much time besides hauling camera and sleeping—before dropping into editing land, my first proper slab of time in front of a computer since early-June, and the intervening months reminded me how much my body prefers to be moving around.

So, two weeks; one of syncing audio, cutting the rubbish—bad takes, shaky camera, loss of focus, general meh—and dealing with 12 hours of footage from the second block plus at least familiarising myself with the first (most of which we’d redone, but a couple of scenes at least had usable stuff), and the second, finishing yesterday, of sorting out a rough cut. The first version of that ended up being 50 minutes, twice as long as required, giving Florian and me some gratuitous moments of slashing to solve that.

About now, he’s with the Dahlem museum showing the 15 seconds short of 30 minutes version which we’ve watched twice and have a lot of work to do to shave off a few more minutes, clean up the editing, add and remove things to make the story more coherent and flow better, clean the sound, correct the colour, miscellaneous other things, all in another two weeks starting Monday.

In the meantime, on Sunday we three jumped on a plane at Tegel Airport and arrived a short time later in Vienna for a week at ImPulsTanz teaching Yoga & Shibari. The sultry weather turned stormy and not-summery the next evening. The workshop is sold out, twenty people, once again in the farthest studio from the front in Arsenal. Hans is here to perform, Ivo also is here. I’m not taking any workshops for the first time just to have some leisure to see some of Vienna and the festival in a way that isn’t rushing from one place to another.

That then is the past month as I remember it. A couple of very good books in there also.

Yoga + Shibari June 2014 // Summer Workshops & Performances

Dear Friends, Bondagisti and Dance People!

This month, Yoga & Shibari in Berlin takes place on Tuesday, June 24th. As well, many things are happening this summer in Berlin and elsewhere.

We hope to see you there!

Dasniya & Frances

  1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin, Tuesday 24th June
  2. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari Sessions
  3. Ballet at Center of Dance, and motions*
  4. Talk: Untangling Cultual Knots: Yoga and Japanese Rope Bondage at Center of British Studies (HU)
  5. Platanacea, – a,– um! Heppenheim, 9th-12th July
  6. ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna Workshops: Yoga & Shibari, and Make You Own Tutu, August 11-15

1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin, Tuesday June 24th, 2014

Hours: 7-11 pm at:
Teatris/Alte Kantine
Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt
Entrance B/C
Uferstraße 8-11
13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr

Please call when you are in the courtyard, in case you don’t find it, or the door is locked: + 49 174 393 70 49.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND, THEN WE SEND YOU THE DETAILS!
General class description: English + Deutsch
Yoga can be done separately from the Shibari part. Hours: 7-8.45 pm. Info here.

2. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari or Shibari Sessions

Private coaching in yoga and/or shibari, or gift cards for bondage sessions can be arranged for Berlin, also in Vienna when we are there. Please write to either of us: workshops@dasniyasommer.de or frances@francesdath.info

3. Ballet at Center of Dance, and motions*

Dasniya is teaching intermediate level Ballet on Friday, 27th June at 12:00 in the Center of Dance in Prenzlauerberg, and professional Ballet on Saturday, 28th June at 12:00 at motions* in Kreuzburg.

4. Talk: Untangling Cultual Knots: Yoga and Japanese Rope Bondage at Center of British Studies (HU)

Later this month, Dasniya will be giving a talk on her work at the Center of British Studies (Humboldt University) in Interdisciplinary Teaching in Arts and Humanities: Untangling Cultual Knots: Yoga and Japanese Rope Bondage.

5. Platanacea, – a,– um! Heppenheim, 9th-12th July

In July, Dasniya and Frances, joined by Solene Garnier and Florian Loycke will travel to Heppenheim, Hessen for the Gassensensationen Festival to perform their new work, Platanacea, – a,– um!. More info on Dasniya’s blog!

6. ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna Workshops: Yoga & Shibari, and Make You Own Tutu, August 11-15

Summer is almost here, and once again we are heading to Vienna for the ImPulsTanz Festival! This year there are two workshops: Dasniya will be teaching a Yoga & Shibari workshop in the afternoons with Frances, and in the mornings with Florian Loyke from Das Helmi a “Make Your Own Tutu” workshop for everyone 6 years and older. Bookings for these are open on the festival website.

Make Your Own Tutu 11:15-13:15, Monday 11th – Friday 15th August
Yoga & Shibari 17:00-20:00, Monday 11th – Friday 15th August
ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival
Vienna

Yoga + Shibari April 2014 // Spring Summer Workshops & Performances

Dear Friends, Bondagisti and Dance People!

This month, Yoga & Shibari in Berlin takes place on Tuesday, April 22th. As well, there are many things now and coming up in the next months.

We hope to see you there!

Dasniya & Frances

  1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin, Tuesday 22th April
  2. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari or Shibari Sessions
  3. Das Helmi: Syn City — die Stadt, die nicht sein darf!, April 3-16, Zürich
  4. Angela Schubot / Jared Gradinger soon you are theirs at HAU, April 27
  5. Das Helmi / Theater Hora: Mars Attacks!, May 5-11, Zürich
  6. ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna Workshops, August 11-15
  7. Rope Play photography by Boris Kralj

1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin, Tuesday April 22th, 2014

Hours: 7-11 pm at:
Teatris/Alte Kantine
Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt
Entrance B/C
Uferstraße 8-11
13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr

Please call when you are in the courtyard, in case you don’t find it, or the door is locked: + 49 174 393 70 49.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND, THEN WE SEND YOU THE DETAILS!
General class description: English + Deutsch
Yoga can be done separately from the Shibari part. Hours: 7-8.45 pm. Info here.

2. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari or Shibari Sessions

Private coaching in yoga and/or shibari, or gift cards for bondage sessions can be arranged for Berlin, also in Zürich and Vienna when we are there. Please write to either of us: workshops@dasniyasommer.de or frances@francesdath.info

3. Das Helmi: Syn City — die stadt die nicht sein darf!

Dasniya is currently rehearsing in Zürich, and will be a guest performer with Das Helmi’s production, Syn City — die Stadt die nicht sein darf!, in Zürich at Theater Neumarkt from April 3rd to 16th. Opens tonight!

4. soon you are theirs Angela Schubot / Jared Gradinger at HAU

On the final evening of a series of works from Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger, Dasniya will be making a shibari installation during their music concert.

soon you are theirs
Angela Schubot / Jared Gradinger
19:00h, Sunday 27th April 2014
HAU 1
Stresemannstr 29
10963 Berlin

5. Das Helmi / Theater Hora: Mars Attacks!

Dasniya returns to Zürich later this month with the Berlin puppet theatre Das Helmi for their new performance Mars Attacks! with Theater Hora. Rehearsals continue in late-April, with Frances joining also. Mars Attacks! opens at Rote Fabrik on May 5th:

Mars Attacks!
Das Helmi & Theater Hora
5th, 7th-11th May 2014
Fabriktheater
Rote Fabrik
Seestrasse 395
8038 Zürich

14th & 15th May, 2014
AUAWIRLEBEN Festival
Bern

6. ImPulsTanz Vienna Workshops, August

Once again back to Vienna in summer for the ImPulsTanz Festival! This year for two workshops: Dasniya will be teaching a Yoga & Shibari workshop in the afternoons with Frances, and in the mornings with Florian Loyke from Das Helmi a “Make Your Own Tutu” workshop for everyone 6 years and older. Bookings for these will open on the festival website in the coming months.

Make Your Own Tutu 11-15 August
Yoga & Shibari 11-15 August
ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival
Vienna

7. Rope Play photography by Boris Kralj

In February, Frances provided some rope and tying for photographer Boris Kralj. Some of the photos can be seen on HUF magazine

Parsifal for Claudio Abbado

There was no applause after Act 1, so we didn’t have our aural cue over the backstage speakers to begin our final preparations. At the end of Act 2, the only sound was the rumble and grind of machinery and single voices of the tech crew. No applause. It was Valentina, the stage manager who said it was because the conductor Roberto Abbado, had asked there be no applause until the end in respect of his uncle, the conductor Claudio Abbado, who died the previous day.

This morning I read his obituary in Deutsche Welle. He is quoted, “Many people learn how to talk, but they don’t learn how to listen. Listening to one another is an important thing in life. And music tells us how to do that.” and “Theaters, libraries, museums and movie theaters are like little aqueducts,” and “Culture overcomes social inequities. Culture frees us from poverty.”

While the third Act played, we sat in our dressing room Tersicorre, the four of us eating pizza and drinking wine. Dasniya read a message from Anna (the Mad Anna) describing the first time she met Claudio. At the end of Act 3, there was applause.

Gallery

Some Vienna Train Photos

Cleaning my camera out and found these from the day I left Vienna, catching the train from Wien-Meidling to Berlin it passed Arsenal where I’d been the day before returning my ImPulsTanz bike, and then trundled over the Danube. I decided to stop photographing after that, and just stare out the window.

Fest — 8

Four hours into the train journey north and slightly west from Vienna to Berlin, and I feel reasonably confident I haven’t forgotten anything. The endless blue sky of the past weeks (all but the first in fact, which was massively wet) is being replaced by ever-closer clustering and darkening layers of cloud, though languorous enough to know it’s still summer and the heat remains. Yesterday, today, this week we all variously depart, only Ivo remains in the Festival, calming down to be a proper DanceWEB coach and workshop teacher. Giacomo went to Brussels yesterday (relieved of his Breaking Bad habit hawhaw), Mirko goes shortly, and Annina tomorrow. Nicola also still in Vienna and now the satisfied bearer of two large supermarket bags full of the contents of my kitchen shelves and fridge. As much as I would have loved to take some of those delectable curry pastes and chutneys with me, it’s simply that any comestible space freed up in my suitcase by eating was rapidly overfilled with books. Definitely heavier than when I arrived.

What have we done. then? A premiere, a second show (combining second night blues and closing night into one), both more-or-less sold out, several walk-outs in the obvious places – more from discomfort than moral outrage – an amount of what seemed genuine applause, and so far a pretty good response from all those who have talked to Ivo and the others. Both shows were at 11pm, finishing around 1am and having dinner between then and 3am, so the last four days have been on an abruptly altered rhythm. The first show was also during the apex of the heatwave, nudging onto high-30s outside, airless and hotter in. Much sweating took place and dealt mortally with the microphones.

Now that what we’ve done is public, I can talk somewhat more freely about the piece. This was in part keeping the scenes which will be talked about and which Fest will be remembered for somewhat private until we opened, as well as more generally not exposing everything that goes on each day. It seems the best way to do this is to write about the performance itself, a kind of review of the most subjective kind. I spent each show sitting vaguely where the stage manager might be if it was a proscenium stage, though not, so wedged slightly in the side of the seating tiers, keeping pace in the script with everyone in case there was a complete failing of memory and prompting was needed. It wasn’t, and there was also very little that occurred which deviated from the script.

There have been several people who came in and watched runs over the weeks, Christian while he was here, a friend of Ivo’s from Sopia came a couple of times, Guido also, Dasniya, a handful of DanceWEBers, and of course we who sat on the other side of the stage, Giacomo, Emilion, and myself. It was particularly interesting listening to the ‘WEBers who spoke with Ivo in a group on Friday night, and this got me thinking about how I conceptualise the entire work. My tasks in the final days in the practical sense have been very much of the rehearsal director kind, clearing up lines, documenting changes, giving notes, all the usual. Along with this have been many meta-conversations with Ivo about the overall structure of the work, how choices of music, character, timing can change entirely the meaning of a scene and therefore the work, all of which has given me a reasonably fine understanding of Fest.

So it felt for me, while listening to everyone talk about it, agreeing in places, disagreeing in others, surprised by new and unthought-of readings, that it would be a worthwhile project to write about the piece from a critical outsider perspective while sitting with the script in front of me and all my insider notes strewn on laptop screen. This in part also because Fest goes to Amsterdam and Brussels in the next six months and if time permits there will be a period of re-writing. Anyway, all this for a subsequent post.

We went to the Afghan restaurant up the road last night and naturally I had lamb. Also a couple of cardamom-infused coffees which were sublime though light on the caffeine. This morning the last movements of packing, getting 30+ kilos of suitcase organised along with bike (absolutely the best decision to bring that to Vienna) and satchel (seems to weigh more than bike), and off to Wien-Meidling where I saw Dasniya off only two days ago, and now pulling into Praha, just passed half-way home.

Much later. The train from Děčín hlavní nádraží to Pirna was as breathtaking as ever. Home. Unpacked, filled a whole shelf with new books, Iftar was had with water as I have no dates, then quickly downstairs to see Dasniya and a room of 15 happy Yoga & Shibari people, half of them friends I’ve not seen for months, and now fallen over in my dearly missed bed.

Fest Premiere

Aside

Saturday night 11pm sold-out premiere pushed to 1130 and closing in on 1am before it was all over, then off to the ImPulsTanz Lounge for eating, drinking and my one post-premiere cigarette. Besides “underwater microphone” problem (sweat-soaked, that is), everything went gloriously. And now I feel I can talk about all the things as they are no longer rehearsal-room goings-on, I’ll blog properly, and with pictures. One more show tonight, also.

Fest — 7 (and various things)

The last week we spent back in the Volks Oper rehearsal studios where we remain until later today when we retrace our steps to Kasino Theater for two probably gloriously chaotic days of setting up, rehearsing, and on Saturday night, performing. In the meantime, Giacomo arrived from Italy (and has been occupied watching Breaking Bad until the early morning hours) and the coffee intake has naturally increased.

Back one week. The bike ride in +30º late-afternoon summer warmth from Währinger Str to Wien-Meidling train station turned out to be somewhat longer than expected, and Dasniya’s train was early. We met nonetheless, on the platform, she with a suitcase bearing a blackly iridescent travelling companion, some kind of tenacious flying beetle that had accompanied her and refused to depart. We left it in the grass on the Gürtel as we made our way homeward, me still to return to rehearsal.

The weekend for me was split between rehearsing and Dasniya’s workshop, with a beautiful group of women in the Shibari Dojo, off Mariahilferstr just the other side of the Gürtel. A came along on Tuesday evening also, and found myself tied and slapped by Klaus, the physicist who came to our ImPulsTanz workshop last year.

Rehearsals, then. It’s a little like writing code. When one part is touched up, it shows how another part can be made more elegant, which in turn shows often unexpected inconsistencies and oddities in completely unrelated places. By the end of last week we’d more-or-less found an end and much of the work has been going back and forth the length of the work, rewriting, cutting, editing. Switching rehearsing from Kasino to Volks Oper also has changed it; the latter is very much a rehearsal space.

From my point of view writing here, having seen so many times those very disturbing moments in the first two acts, and how they sit within the text, it’s difficult to say much without giving things away. The Saturday is a 11pm, and the day will be around 36º, which means Kasino will be an airless oven, somehow appropriate for the ghastly eighty-minute goings-on of the three acts.

We seem to have come to conclusions in the work, in the text; every pass through and run becomes a more fine stitching of things. Decisions are often on the most detailed level now, how a person moves, turns their head, pauses solves the problem or gives the meaning on the larger scale. Still things to decide though, music, costumes, lights (Giacomo runs a lighting desk on his laptop and spent yesterday programming some broad ideas – much better than having to wait for non-existent access to the theatre and having to tangle with a new board), how to shave off various minutes from the acts. Returning to Kasino I think will answer a lot of this, and obviously make a hash of things we thought were sorted.

And perhaps some photos on Sunday, after the premiere.