Sunday, August 11, 2019

Saskia Rudat (D) – Interview with our guests at L1danceFest 2019

L1danceFest 2019
Movement-based International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
18th annual edition organized by L1 Association in Budapest

Interview with Saskia Rudat 
– Do you have any experience with Budapest or Hungary? Do you know any Hungarian dancers? What comes into your mind?
– I think I don’t know any Hungarian dancers yet. In Summer 2014 though, I went on a hitchhiking trip to Belgrade with my best friend (and work partner nowadays). On a fuel station somewhere near Vienna, we met a Hungarian girl living in Budapest who was on the way to the south, I think. We told her that we wanted to pass through Budapest, and she gave us her address and told us that we could stay at her flat when we get there. So, when we arrived in Budapest, we rang the doorbell and these lovely students hosted us so kindly in their shared student flat. They even cooked for us. They had also picked up some French boy who was camping in the park. We ended up walking through Budapest with the French boy and a Hungarian student who showed us the city for two days. It is a very nice memory. I should look up their contacts in our travel diary and buy them tickets for my show.
Photo: Marilyn de Polignac_Lucky Trimmer
– How was your solo performance, which you perform at L1danceFest born?
– I developed “brainjogging” in the second year of my studies in “physical theatre” for the exam in “Movement Composition”. At that time, I was burning to learn new movement styles. I had just started to dance; I was curious about how much my body could do and I was inspired by the many videos I had watched online. I told my mentor “I don’t know what I want to do. I have a million ideas and I just want to move.” He gave me this improvisation task: “As soon as you realize what you are doing, you have to do something else. You cannot repeat anything.” I started improvising and he let me run for 20 minutes. Then he said “You do have a million ideas. I think what you just did is what you should turn into a piece.” Then I thought about all the things I could and wanted to do and started to compose them together with contrast and rhythm. This was four years ago, and the piece is developing with me and my experience from performing it in different venues.
– I know you will be present throughout the whole festival, which will give you a better insight into our work. Do you have any expectations, how do you prepare for your trip, your piece?
– I have to admit, I try to go through life without any expectations and I like to throw myself into experiences without knowing what may come. But I am very curious about meeting the team, the colleagues, seeing their works, performing in another country, on a new stage. I love festivals, they are one of my favourite parts of my work life. For preparation, I usually go through the choreography of the version of the piece that I will perform. That means that go through all the images and situations that need to flush through my mind so quickly for a couple of times. Then I do it physically once or twice to remind the body. I pack my bag, print the plane tickets and voilà.
– Do you improvise in your performance?
– Yes and no. I always do some things using the actual and specific space I am performing in. Some spaces have curtains, stairs, walls, doors or other specialties so I work with what is there. That means, often, that I do things for the first time while performing. But most of the time I plan them before I go on stage instead of improvising in the moment. It happens though that I have an idea while I am going on, or make a mistake or something unplanned happens and then I leave the choreography and improvise. That is very exciting for being present and keeping it fresh because I must find my way back into the complex and fast choreography without anyone noticing that I even left it.
– To whom do you recommend your performance?
I think the piece can be enjoyable for everyone. I especially like when young people see it, because I think it’s a chance for a young audience to feel that theatre/dance/performances/art can also be funny (and serious) and entertaining without being shallow. I also think that people who think about pantomime as boring and dusty might have a chance to experience another nuance to the technique of mime.
– Interview was made by Emese Kovács (L1 Association) –

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