Co-created together with dancer Charlotte Petersen. Produced for the “Vier Mal Tanz” project by Kompanie TanzProjekte Heidi Sievert. Premiered March 12th 2017 in StadTheater Munster, Germany.
Jane is the result of an intense dialogue between Charlotte and myself. Starting out as the choreogrpaher of a solo-piece for her, we soon discovered we were more challenged and interested by the possibility to make something together and on equal terms. I thus took part in this project as a choreographer/dramaturg, but also as a performer, taking up the part of the “efficient builder” of a ‘world’ where the abstract-moving Jane (charlotte) would dwell.
For this first coproduction Charlotte and I initially looked for a shared feeling or theme we would like to adress. Soon we came to discuss a lot about a certain sense of being overwhelmed by aspects of today’s society (e.g. the difficulty to feel informed in the maze of media, the diverse moral codes and traditions fighting for their coexistence in the first western world, the speed of technical developments and their influence on our behaviour, the question of self-determination and unnoticed external influences on our human minds…) .
Trying to filter this sense of unease in a performative set-up, we choose the tendencey of “pulling back” from our commonly shared reality, choosing more and more for a form of acting on the world that is always mediated. And how this way of acting actually has a strong affect on the world of others.
Using the words and thoughts of Philosopher Slavoj Zizek as a trampoline for our ideas (and as choreographic material, since we ‘perform’ some of his words on the reality of the virtual during the piece), in Jane we present such a parallel world on stage – similar to what we think we know to be our reality, but slightly off in all the elements configuring it – and observe how the acts of the creator of it (me) affect the existences (charlotte) dwelling within its boundaries.
Concept, choreography, performance: Charlotte Petersen, Jordi Ribot Thunnissen
Pictures: Karsten Ziegengeist