Sunday, September 15, 2013

questionnaire with participant Roos van Berkel (NL)



Have you been (when) to Budapest - Hungary with your pieces and artistic works earlier?
Roos: Gyula is one of the choreographers that pioneered the freelance contemporary dance scene in Budapest in the 80’s, so he has definitely been here before ;-) I however have not – this is my first collaboration with Gyula and my first project in Budapest. 

What do you know about Hungary and what kind of informations do you have about our dance life?
Roos: all the information I have, is from the past year while working with Gyula. I am fascinated by the work ethic – creating dance from the love for movement, in a grounded and determined way. 

Could you share with us if have any idols in theater/dance life?
Roos: one of my idols is Pina Bausch. I have been educated in dance theatre (Laban) and have always been intrigued by her work because of the explicit and surprising use of theatricality, precision by the performers and layered dramaturgy.

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?
Roos: Gyula and I will show a work in progress of ‘Your body – My landscape’. This is the first collaboration between Gyula and I, which means that we will bring our artistic visions together in one work. I am excited to work with Gyula because I am fascinated by his earlier works. Gyula’s work is theatrical and I thoroughly enjoy learning and dancing his movement material. The movement material challenges me as a performer and surprises me in unexpected ways. On the other hand, I believe that my analytical eye contributes to deepening the artistic layers by continuously questioning how we appraoch the concept of our work. And let’s be honest: the title ‘Your body – My landscape’ is huge. So how do we deal with this title and the concept in our own, specific way? 

Do you have your arsittic statement, could you share with us?
Roos: ‘Let the idealist run around freely, without the constraints that seem to be set by societal structure’. 

Do you have any hobby beside working as a performer or creator?
Roos: going to a music festival with a dj that throws some really good deep house onto the dance floor – then I will dance until at least 5am

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!
Roos: I guess I have always focused on how movement communicates, on stage and off stage. I studied dance theatre at Laban and then continued to study Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis. Teaching and 
(co-)creating for the past 5 years, I love to use an analytical eye in the work – without losing spontaneity. For the past 2 years I have been flirting with mime technique and I’m excited to keep exploring how I can work on the edge of dance and everyday movement – and in fact I believe that all movement is dance, it just depends on with which eye you look at it. 

How did your summer time go? Did you get any new inspirations? Do you have a best experience during this summer?
Roos: I have been working with Gyula, and I went to Impulstanz in Vienna. It was very good to immerse myself in Impulstanz, because all performances, classes and workhops were very inspirational for the current work on ‘Your body – My landscape’. 
It also made me realize again how important it is to, when creating work yourself, see other people’s work – loving or hating it. 

Does it mean any differences to play your pieces in different countries? If so, could you please tell us in what sense?
Roos: absolutely. Every country, in fact every city, has its own dance culture. I’m fascinated by the different ways in which audiences in different countries and cities experience different styles and kinds of choreography/performance art. I look forward to seeing how the audience at Frissek responds to our work in progress. 

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?
Roos: Any kind. Of course it may be hard for the audience to fully grasp the choreographer’s intention when the work is still in progress but it is also a great opportunity to define what the essence of the work is, and how you would like to convey that essence to the audience. 

Do you read critics about your works? What kind of critic do you need?
Yes, and simply put: any kind. 

Do you criticize other’s works? Do you write about it?
Roos: I guess we all criticize each other’s work, but being in an artistic process always reminds me that the act criticizing seems to be easier than the act of creating. 

Are you open for a round table discussion with the audience after a premier or after your show?
Roos: yes, interested in hearing other people’s opinion and observations!

Here you find some words, could you put them in sentences which could be kind of ars poetic of yours!
COMMUNITY, GETTING CLOSER, EXCHANGE, FILLED IN, RELIGION, NATION, HOMAGE, HUG, PERFORM, POPULAR, ORGANIC FOOD, SENSE, QUALITY, SHARE, FACE
Sense while you perform
As the taste of the moment
is like organic food 
that has grown in fertile ground.

Do you have any question?
Not yet ;-)

Roos and Gyula's performance in the frame of Frissek_elegy takes place on 22nd September in Jurányi Inkubátorház.

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