Bonjour, soleil, 2021
interdisciplinary project supported by the Art and Sciences Ministry of Northern Rhine-Westphalia (Düsseldorf), The Communal Integration Center (KI) of Bielefeld, DansArt (Bielefeld), Society for Support of Dance Arts (Bielefeld), and the Regional Bureau of Free Performing Arts (Düsseldorf)
Departing from visual arts embodied in dance techniques, the project, developed in collaboration with Tcheckpo Dance Company (https://www.dansart.de/tchekpo-dance) and John Kameel Farah (https://www.johnfarah.com),
tracks down the development of musical rhythm from agriculture, pondering upon the transformation of natural environment into an art form. Landscape is seen in the project not only as a form of art, but also as the space carved out from physical reality by human sight. It is also shown as an active, dynamic environment, transformed by collective, rhythmic human activities from sowing (as in Jean-François Millet’s Les Glaneuses/The Gleaners (1857)) to dancing and, inversely, imprinting its shape on those populating it.
The actual performance consists of dance stills, presenting kinetic, movable versions of well-known paintings against the backdrop of music associated with different landscape traditions.