What Will Arise? Touching performance

TOUCHING PERFORMANCE: Second episode of the encounter series What will arise?

21/22 and 28/29 September 2019 from noon to 2pm

Venue:  Courtyard of the Education Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Jabukovac 10

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Authors: Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović and Marina Bauer

Collaborators and co-creators: Viktoria Bubalo, Iva Hladnik, Sven Jakir, Zvonimir Kvesić, Tea Maršanić, Ivana Pavlović and Vladimira Šančić  

Photographer: Jasenko Rasol

Production: Multimedia Hut

What will arise? is the title of a series of performative encounters, created throughout 2019, in which performers and visitors co-create the work in the real time and space of the performance. Touching performance is the second episode of this ongoing project. The courtyard of the Academy of Fine Arts at Jabukovac has been chosen as the meeting place for this encounter. The place where the city and the forest touch each other, where the constructed meets the grown and the cultivated interweaves with the abandoned.

touch /tʌtʃ/ 1. be in contact (with), come into contact (with), come together (with), meet, join, connect, converge (with), be contiguous (with), border (on), be (up) against, link up (with), adjoin, abut, neighbour 2. handle in order to interfere with, alter, or otherwise affect. 3. an act of touching someone or something

Touching performance calls for a collective movement that does not believe in a clear boundary between practice and performance, between a performer, an exhibit and an observer. We are all participants, movers, and witnesses at the same time, sharing thus the responsibility for what we see and experience. Touch and movement are approached as a foundation for learning about the world and establishing relationships.

Touching Performance develops through six stations - 'Landing', 'Barefoot Islands', 'Running Guides', 'Choreography of Touch', 'Eyes Closed', and 'Moulding'. They all invite and foster movement and listening from outside in and from inside out.

Marina Bauer is a visual artist who explores the tactile and the kinesthetic experience of sculpture and space. Zrinka Šimičić Mihanović is a dance artist deeply interested in and inspired by somatic approach in her work and life. Meeting of these two artists, in the frame of the Start'19 Sculpture Network project, has opened up a number of questions and an urge to elaborate them through further collaboration. It resulted in an intermedia consideration of movement and touch as a foundation for learning and interconnectivity, for the enhanced awareness of the environment we are part of, affirming thus a common interest in ecology, responsibility sharing, and collective choreography.

The project was supported by the City of Zagreb and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia. It was realized in collaboration with the Education Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, as a part of the program Antiseason 19 - Dance in Gorgona.

Multimedia Hut is supported by the Kultura Nova Foundation.

Thank you: Josipa Bubaš, Ana Jelušić, Lana Hosni, Ivana Ognjanovac, Hana Lukas-Midžić and all the participants of the 1st Encounter in MSU (whose participation and experience contributed to the development of this project), Igor Čabraja, Barbara Bourek, Jelena Kovačev, Lovro Matijević, Toni Vidan, Dubravko Mihanović, and the audience who creates this work with us.

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