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Research Art, ritual & society


Themes of Research
We depart from essential questions that have emerged through the process of
researching, collecting and composing material, first in a duo version, and then in
a group of invited artists this past year.

Researching the zones of confluences between art, ritual and society , we
experiment with ways of reconnecting art with its social function, as a vital
necessity and not a luxury. What can WE exchange and teach each other, moving
away from the monocultural and approaching the different ways of living and
world making, not as fashion or motto, but as a way of reorienting the value of
things? We take root in our memory and bodily intelligence to access stories and
life experiences that understand the world in a trans-oceanic, trans-linguistic way,
supported by a transversal thinking.

We invite dancers, performers and collaborators to exchange with and enter the
creative process in each place we go, integrating their biographies, singularities
and celebrations. Starting in Brazil – land of the syncretic and festive – where the
project was born in its first research phase, continuing in Russia, Denmark and
now arriving in Spain.

To what extent is the wild, unruly, grotesque, sacred and playful festivity relevant
and necessary for the bien vivir of the earth and for contemporary art? Working in
specific places with local stories and experiences of a diversity of residents and
performers, we have been generating the material for a co-created choreography.
These stories of life and shared art nourish our artistic and professional processes,
and the construction of an ethic-aesthetics that guides us for this creation.
Many people, as with our own experience, for different reasons (intentional,
survival, accidental, passionate, political, economic) experience a loss /
displacement / tremor / dislocation and relocation of the soil under their feet. We
invite and ask the collaborators, all migratory bodies (bodies that migrate and
vibrate), to share their concerns and similarities, conflicts and confluences, the
state of misunderstandings and being lost in translation, as common and
material that nourishes us in the process creative.

We support, and are supported by, intercultural meetings and networks, which
become webs and local shelters. We have been gathering and working from
celebratory traditions and rituals, as well as the multiple perspectives of each
artist and project participant in relation to what these words mean. We recognize
that these celebratory events and gatherings still remain precarious but resilient –
in a diversity of cultures with which we have had a close relationship of
coexistence and personal history. In each new place we work, we find and
dialogue with local hybrid celebrations.

Bordering places
In parallel we have been devoting space and time for sharing sessions with
people from the local communities we have been working in through an active
experimental interview practice that is committed to radical listening and
supportive honesty, ‘care as method’ and a ‘play consciousness’ (exchanges and
conversations about stories, myths, rituals and spontaneity).



Credits Concept DuquesnayLavrennikov Malleable team of players Manon Siv Duquesnay, Agnés Grélinger, Dasha Lavrennikov, Viktória Köhalmi, Oriane Paras, Roberta Ruggiero, Peyman Sichani, Adrian Ulrich Skjoldborg, Lindon Shimizu, Joahn Volmar, Pablo Zamorano Photos Lindon Shimizu

Residencies Sala Sabil, Asturias (ES) 2021, Casa Del Moviment, Barcelona (ES) 2020, NunArt Guinardó, Barcelona (ES) 2019, BIRCA, Bornholm (DK) 2019, Dansekapellet, Copenhagen (DK) 2018, Public Space, Copenhagen (DK) 2018, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid (ES) 2017, Escuela de danza, Sevilla (ES) 2017, Espaco MOVA, Rio de Janeiro (BR) 2017