Thursday, August 29, 2013

questionnaire with participant Jasper Džuki Jelen (NL), dancer of Arch8/Erik Kaiel



Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
No, not yet, we are looking forward to our first Hungarain appearance.

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of informations do you have about our dance life?
I know about it's famous and celebrated contact festival. I never managed to go there (yet!). Otherwise the country is an unknown territory for me, I like to read, but mostly to meet the people/country/culture as directly and uniquely as only live experience can bring.

Could you share with us if have any idols in theater/dance life?
Micheal Schumacher is. His playfull, 'simple' and charismatic can I appreciate very much. 

What kind of piece will you bring to L1danceFest and does this piece mean any differences or similarities to your earlier works? Where did you perform it already?
'No man is an Island' is one of Arch8 most celebrated pieces. It came through excistence from what we do with our company best; 'improvise and interact' in all kind of surroundings. Yet this work, which has been performed over 400 times mainly in Europe, has become extremely articulate and layered. 

Do you have your arsittic statement, could you share with us?
As I am not the artistic director of the group I can only give my perception of the artistic work. I would describe it as: phyiscal, immediate, with a strong emphazise on connection and not too much decoration. A believe that the group makes the work and the enourmous freedom & responsibility that arises from that, for all involved. A process that has been going on with a core group for almost 10 years now. That personal investment is something that Erik (Kaiel) makes possible.

Do you have any hobby beside working as a performer or creator?
I love to be in nature, specially South-East Europe. But honestly for me life, work, hobby it is all connected and feeding each other.. so its a bit hard to answer really. 

Can you write some details about your artistic life - which direction did you come from and which direction do you go right now? Tell us some important steps from your background!
I started dancing at the age of 17, till then I did many sports and martial arts. I went to Codarts in Rotterdam. To gain 'technique' mostly, this was a challenging process and one of the first (guest) teachers that caught my attention in another way was Erik. He invited us to fall, get 'out of line', become a bit more 'corky'. Fascinated by this I requested to be part of the project he was setting on some other students. I have been working with him ever since in many different ways. Since I dance, I make and in fact teach, the latter I didn't realize straight away. The work with Kaiel gave me the chance and support to develop myself further, bringing together technique and rougher physicality, improvisation and elements from sports. We have a strong but 'open' working relationship. He doesn't claim his dancers, but is very generous in offering oppurtunity and so we all do also work of our own or for other creators. Through our methods of working I learned much about (physical) contact and developed some strong skills in that. Meeting teachers such as Nancy Stark Smith, Mike Vargas and Julyen Hamilton have also given me a lot of confirmation and challenge. Since 2010 I live and work together with Mojra Vogelnik Škerlj, my partner. Our relationship and diverse fews on life and creation inspire me to continue developing a connective practice and approach to performing. Currently that means that I am bringing the phyical pratice of movement together with theories of human motivation, behaviour and choice. Part of this work are (international) workshops and researches, my study at the institute for reality therapy UK and soon further development of 'The100Hands' which I set up with Mojra and a diverse team of creators. 
Arch8 is continuing doing its location and improvised performances, but Erik Kaiel is also developing new celebrated works for stage the past years, such as 'Tetris' and the new show 'O Snap'.

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
Wonderfull. We spend it in Slovenia and Croatia. Nature and people inspire me extremely. The changing times in Europe bring the space and momentum to (re)establish some values I/we have lost a bit out of side while looking for 'more'. I have met many wonderfull people who re-think and re-do life, through physical practice, perma-culture, social projects, business etc etc. It's been very inspiring to see that many are creatively and succesfully looking for alternatives. I feel fortunate to move in those circles. So best moment one: Being part of a Slovenian gathering with 70 people, constructively and positively discussing the strenght of the country, the people, the oppurtunites to create value and quality. A smooth team of 'the-art-of-hosting-network' did a fabulous job in letting the group do the work. Best moment two: nature, offline, simple food, the elements, how it so simply clears the head, heart and body.

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
Yes and no. I 'feel' the audience during the performance, there are different tendencies in every culture; to get on top of what we are doing, or to wait and see what will happen, the way of connecting is in fact just different from culture to culture (which is actually not country based).
On the other hand this work is so 'to the point' that it seems to speak to something universal in all of us, not matter what the culture is.

What does it mean to you to be in the process and to show the work to the audience? What kind of feedback are you open for?
To be now, open and aware. This work asks that as well. Any feedback and information is welcome, if it's packed constructively and positive it will have a much bigger chance to arrive as well :)

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
Yes. Critic that invites and gives freedom to reflect is hundred times more valuable for me then merely articulating a personal taste and telling what should have been done. It's the difference between something to get closer to (understanding) each other or create a bigger distance. Whenever I succeed to create this kind of 'critique' I also feel much better myself.
I enjoy very much hearing how audience members have experienced the performance and to answer any questions about it, cause curiosity expands our vision and can be great fun.

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
Not yet, but resonately someone invited me to start doing it, thanks for reminding me of that.

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
Yes, in fact I believe its necesarry for the work I am part of at the moment.

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
'Ars' poetic???? Hmmmm, I will just be creative with this.

My first 'ars meop' is called:

The matter between the matter makes the matter matter

we all have a good SENSE 
of what QUALITY is 
if we SHARE this
with each other as a COMMUNITY
we are GETTING CLOSER 
and PERFORM
a HOMAGE for EXCHANGE

we can FACE each other and be
the NATION
with a RELIGION
that is POPULAR 
by its openess to be FILLED IN with unique
ORGANIC FOOD for the soul
let's start practical
,,,,,,,HUGe,,,,,,, 

Do you have any question?
Yes. I would love to share in 3-4hour session some of the practice that I am developing now, but have not the time/connections to organize it. the practice includes (phyiscal) contact and more internal questions and observations. If anybody is serioulsy interested and can collect at least 6 participants I would love to see what we can do together. I am there for the whole festival. Get in touch via L1 they have my contacts.
Cool, let’s make it real on the first open jam day on 21st (11:00-15:00) would be great:-) hm?

Erik's performance takes place on 22nd September in Jurányi Inkubátorház.

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