Projects

CLOSED SPACE OPEN PLACE

An extracultural, collective meditation and co-creation of bodies within bodies

Visual art / 3D projection mapping art:
Pasquale Direse, Elmira Iravanizad, in collaboration with Aggeliki Tsekeni and the support by Jeremy Pine

Choreographers & performers:
Olivia Giovannini (Italy)
Francesca Pedullà (Italy)
John Herman (Germany)
Heysell Leal (Venezuela)
Cristina Mendanha (Portugual)
Agatha Wright (USA)
Arouna (Benin)
Daniela Marcozzi (Italy)
Lisa Rosamilia (Italy)
Anneliese Charek (USA)
Pandzou Jean Francis (Congo)
Anuya Rane (India/France/Germany)
Cecile Rossant (France)
Lea Pischke (Germany)
Silke Mehler (Germany)
Janine van Veen (The Netherlands)
Yana Harizanova (Italy/Bulgaria)
Tiia Veneranta (Finland)
Lacina Coulibaly (Burkina Faso)
Cristiana Palias (Italy)
Tania Gonzaléz (Spain)
Stella Mavroeidi (Greece)
Quo Vadis Company (Greece)
Matroos Compagnia (Italy)
Alessandra Battaglia (Italy)
Melissa Bernabucci (Italy)
Miriam Frosoni (Italy)
Alessia Renzi (Italy)
Sharon Soetebier (Italy)
Baejjahn Dance Company (Belgium)
Amal Julie (Belgium)
Jean-Baptiste Baele (Belgium)
Igor Mamlenkov (Russia)
Duygu Atceken (Turkey)
Victor Stoljarow (Russia)
ArteTotal – Educação Artística (Portugual)
Gabriela Barros (Portugual)
David Ramalho (Portugual)
Felipe Lopes (Portugual)
Stefano Turriziani (Italy)
Vanessa Bonafede (Italy)
Margherita De Benedittis (Italy/Germany)
Gabriela Passos (Brazil)
Nobuhiko Naruse (Japan)
Lara Guderzo (Italy)

THE THEME
Inside and outside, dark and light, full and empty, natural and artificial.
The architecture resides in the space between the borders of such kind of opposites. On the other hand, the physical, human body, its own architecture, generates artificial forms (houses, windows, walls to contemplate nature from a safe distance).
Imagination can induce endless doubles. Cultures’ beliefs and developments pretending to change the actuality of natural events. They become walls, infrastructures, bodies, bones and skin containing essences, lives, energies.
Culture shapes the closed space, a mental space materializing into shelters. Closer to us, our physical structure, looks to be the closed architecture containing all our vital organs including what we call the mind, the place of thought, of generating the abstract images of intellectual achievement, of borders, windows, screens from where to experience reality in safety and coziness. We create empty – and before imaginative, abstract – spaces attempting to fill them with culture, with abstractions becoming objects, with a chosen purpose which we attribute value to.
Walls, barriers, limits, conflicts, conditionings of any kind produced by mind and materializing in what we call space.
Or, what is a closed space?

Outside the open space. The place of the uncertainty, of the exposition to the natural events of the climate allowing us to survive or to disintegrate in the “cycles” of nature, to the exhibition and aggregation to the others. Outside is the place of the possible freedom from all conditionings, where bodies meet into relations of senses of endless possibilities.
Outside is the responsibility and the choice to give space, to generate places still not available, to create contacts and to think together as a whole intelligence moving, resounding and acting into reality.
We can get free of all the thought’s conditionings, of all the conflicts of the mind, of all the Selves, of all the egos becoming one in contact and harmony with the natural mind of nature.
Or, what is an open space?

Complex questions for a commonplace we call space.

What would happen giving a different feedback to the complex issues of the contemporaneity? What can happen if we think together? If we get together to think about new ways of relation, of interconnection, of real and physical networking, contact, of co-creation?
What would happen if we answer with the simplicity of beauty to the complexity of the contemporary conflicts? Can be theatre, the reciprocal natural recognition of ourselves as a unique being humans the natural and archaic language, of the body in motion, of the dance of the movement, to discover new harmonic communications without conflicts, fears, conditionings?


INNER-SPACE & OUTER PLANETS no.2

Performance by John Herman
Camera by Gerhard Schick
Video editing by John Herman

contribution to the visual art project and art collab ‚Closed Space OPEN PLACE‘, curated by Pasquale Direse, fall 2019

The inner space seems like a habitat where we can be ourself or find the ourself. This private space doesn’t exist without the outer-space. It’s just the individual interpretation of the performing life flux itself. Life is Performance!


INNER-SPACE & OUTER PLANETS no.1

Performance by John Herman
Camera by Gerhard Schick
Video editing by John Herman

contribution to the visual art project and art collab ‚Closed Space OPEN PLACE‘, curated by Pasquale Direse, fall 2019

The inner space seems like a habitat where we can be ourself or find the ourself. This private space doesn’t exist without the outer-space. It’s just the individual interpretation of the performing life flux itself. Life is Performance!


TECHNOLIMITS // DIN A 13 TANZCOMPANY

Cologne, 31th May 2018, 01th & 2th June 2018
Barnes Crossing
Photo Credit: MEYER ORGINALS

The shimmering transparent world of digital possibilities seduces our senses and takes us into glittering distance and dazzling dimensions. Our data are rapidly developing their own logical systems, which have long been beyond our imagination. Space and time expand into infinity and evaporate into illusions – elicit from us a pleasant inner smile and promise the fulfilment of all our desires and longings.

Microchips and implants are entering our organism in order to optimize the parameters for our health. Highly developed chip-controlled leg or myoelectric arm prostheses open up the as yet unimagined possibilities of “technical bodies”. The vision of a “normal ideal” is created – our small everyday cosmos mutates into a world with unlimited possibilities. A fiction becomes reality: the technologically improved human being – hybrid being – the creation of parahuman beings according to ideal norm.

Performers: John Herman, Damiaan Veens, Ashraf Albesh, Charlotte Virgile, Shiori Harms, Philine Herrlein | Artistic Director: Gerda König | Choreography: Gerda König, Gitta Roser | Dramatic Composition: Ilona Pászthy | Music: Frank Schulte // Scenery: miegL | Costume : Thomas Wien-Pegelow | Artistic Lightining Design: Gerd Weidig // Production Manager: Anastasia Olfert // Producer: Rolf Emmerich // Company Managment: Anika Bendel

 


BROKEN BUDDHA SERIES

‘LOST AND FOUND IN EDEN’

Performer: John Herman
photo credit: MATTHIAS DROBECK
Bonn, April 2016

 


PROJECT ENVIRONMENT 2015

‘ABANDONED’

Installative Performance
Performer: John Herman
photo credit: MATTHIAS DROBECK
Immerath, July 2015

 


R E D E M P T I O N

BROKEN BUDDHA SERIES

Cologne, May 2015
Performer: John Herman
photo credit: MATTHIAS DROBECK

 

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