Aqua-Hominum

 

AQUA-HOMINUM, an interactive, dance performance about the purification, a ritual and the correlations of water and human.

A final piece has been performed on 11th of June, at Akademie theater at Janskerkhof, Utrecht, Nl.

Our aim, to create a time and space for the inner connection , “a silence moment” and an emotional state of letting it go…was delivered to each participant of the purification ritual.

A ritual has been created by the inspiration of a Native American Sweat Lodge and Chineese “Lantern evening”.

A performance presents water as a spectrum: of emotions, shapes and states, characters and inner spheres. All togehter, it is a ritual, an event to celebrate the grief, and a water which is inside and outside of the human spirit.

Untill we are patiently waiting for a representative video, you can take a look of the latest photographs, taken while the acctual performance.

 

Photographs: Baldwin Henderson

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final piece was performed!

 

On 11th of June, Aqua-Hominum, a dance interactive performance was presented at Akademie theatre of HKU, at Janskekhof, Utrecht.

We are proud and glad to know that our spectators had time and space to feel the water and its purification, calming affect.

There are many new questions on the horizon but  also many of it got its answers.

Water is however, always in the move and it keeps us alive and clean.

Thanks to all who participated in the ritual and in the time and space where water and human became one.

 

p.s.> This is only the first documentation so far! Many pictures and videos are yet to be published!

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Invitation

aqua hominum flayer

 

You are kindly invited to  finally, participate at water performance or purification ritual.

Aqua-Hominum is an interactive, dance performance, where spectator becomes a participant of a water/ purification ritual, inspired by Native American ritual the “Sweat Lodge.”

 

Take a breath,

than a step into water,

feel the water, be a water,

purify and vibrate

in space and time.

We invite you to visit the performance “Aqua -Hominum” at 11th of June, Akdemie Theatre HKU, Janskerkhof 18, Utrecht.

There will be two performances ; at 18h and 20h.

Because of the  limited places of participants, we are aksing for the confirmation of your presence. Please send your conformation to anjapodreka@yahoo.com!

first try outs

 

At the beginning of the previous week,  I have been given a chance to rehears with my team in the (school)theatre studio at Janskerkhof in Utrecht.

In 3 days of rehearsals and tests we have menaged to finaly merge both of the danicng parts togehter in one piece also develop kind, sensitive invitation inside the pool.

We are on the half way. There are still  many questions to be answered, many tests and rehearsals to be done…slowly but surely we are getting there!

Here is the recording of our first “open public rehearsal.”  14.4. 2016


 

 

 

 


 

In the next week, we will be rehearsing in the real, Groote Zaal! (Big hall) – HKU Utrecht.

New ideas and proposals which are on the list  are :

  • How to make, build, develop a technic of making the ” Womb” / tent ?
  • How to bring more deepness, more ” my reason why” which is also “spectators reason why”( meaning : feeling a lost, letting it go and finaly , make a step forward as purified of pain which caused tears,..Could that be ” my reason why”?)
  • At the end, to develop a performance and self depended installation where water and human come togther as two beings but one matter.

Will be continued…

 

 

water paint-video/ projection/ possible installation

 

 

How to make/ create a ritual?

Ritual : a set of actions in a visible order.

Sequence of activities including gestures, words, objects, dance, music and an image.

Is performed in a sequested splace and time.

“Doing is beliveing”

One of my possible actions of purification ritual is also to project my water-paint videos on the top of the tent-womb.

 

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To emerse my spectators with water /purification I will also use sound and perhaps light design, interaction with the body as a shadow- as in a womb.

Here is one part of possible video, to project it on top or sides of the womb- inside space of the ritual where spectator becomes a participant- by choice.

To make a conclusion, this can become also a self-depended installation of purification.

 

 

 

A dance of water and human dancing with water

It has been a period of rehersals and tests!

Finally, here is a clearer idea about our dance performances.

My water ritual will have two dancing parts as an introduction into spectators participation . At the same time, whole performance is meant to be a ritual to honour and be aware of correlation between human and water.

Therefore, we will start with introducing “a water”- Yulia Kalinchenko.

She is a water- it flows, it moves constantly. It can be gentle as a drop, mysterious as a pond or lake, quick and smooth as a stream, fast as a river, mesmerizing as whirl, unstoppable as a wave of the sea, deep and destructiable as an ocean…

 

 


 

 

After water  has created life on Earth…human has been born..in a water.

“Human dancing with a water”- Rebbecca Collins

What is a water? What is human relation to it and waters relation to human?

It can purify us/ clean our body, it feeds us, gives us minerals to live , to breath..

but it can be dangerous to us as well- can human be dangerous to water?

It is all connected no?

We are all one.

 

 

“Building, rehearsing, thinking&processing”

“It has been six months since I started making this performance. It feels like I was just thinking and sketching so far, the real work has just started or is still about to come. There are few words constantly running in my head:
It is about life, breath, movement, rebirth, purifing, to feel the water, to be a water, to touch it, smell it, to be a commnunity, to vibrate in space and time,..etc.

Here is a new one :
Nothing is still, everything is changing, circiling, floating. Water can not be fixed or stopped, it flows. So, I decided to listen to it and flow.”


A process of building is almost finished!

Here are some pictures of my ” artistic labour  days”

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1st. stage : curving the iron edge

 

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2nd stage : making the floor (1st part)

 

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2nd stage : making the floor / waterproofed floor- PVC plastic 2nd part

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3d stage: banding PVC sticks to create “a cabriolet system” for the tent


As you can see it has been almost a month of a hard work  and more or less technical way of thinking. After all, I am glad to finally see the result infront of me, just like I imagned it.

Next step: suing the tent!

22m of beautiful bege canvas.

first tests, first model/ doc 2.1

 

Four months of study, testing, trying out, thinking and drawing..have passed…Meanwhile, I got a precious gift: two dancers and an audio-technical help or a co creator!

It has been not only fun and exciting but also spiritual and creative!

So far, we have made first dancing tests, sound experiments and model testing. There is a long story board growing in my head, lots of “water noises”, dancing movements and visual/ design solutions…

Here its a short summary of our ideas and first steps!

 

 


 

At the same time..there is a secret we have to keep for our-selfs until the last moment..but to make a hint, it is a development of a Native american water ritual called ; Sweat lodge. I had participated at it in previous month and all I can say; deep, amazing, hot experience which will be a base for making our own way of a purification on our stage.


 

Main idea is:

-TO BREATHE

-TO BE A WATER

-TO FEEL THE WATER

-TO PURIFY

-TO VIBRATE IN SPACE AND TIME


 

To end up, this is just a beginning of a very long, exciting and magical way of creating a water: human performance.


 

 

model pic

first tests and experiments o.1

After 3 months of study and research , my first model is build and ready to test!

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My first experiments were more based on water-light reflections, sounds of water and its movements. Idea and concept has been developed to a circle shaped pool- a  dance floor. The floor itself will not only be a water dance performance but also a place of a water ritual.

However, here is the first model, first light -improvisation (which will be improved soon by light design studio ILO, Amsterdam) and also a documentation of sound vibration on the waters surface.

For making this vibrations, I have used low bass sounds, 100hz, 140hz.

 

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It makes great rippels and vibrations on the water surface, but for now, it will stay only an experiment. Its vibration is not useful for a light reflections (for now) also  the sound is not inviting.


 

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To sum up, its a first visual step towards reality!