close-up of ancient forests (wt)

With this work the artistic team brings together the biophonies of various natural landscapes, pointing at their cultural relevance in times of climate collapse and loss of biodiversity all around the world.
They invite their audience to a deep listening, of calls and vocalizations, rituals and conversations among the non-humans inhabitants of familiar and unfamiliar forests.

Through dance they offer their personal memories and connection to these endangered polyrhythms, allowing their audience to become aware of their own personal connection to and memories of the forest.

Michala Flizi, Live Art Writing / Stream

What does the sound of a forest reveal about our human existence? Can the complex biophonies of forests be considered a part of our collective body memory? Are there acoustic relationships between different animal species that transcend beyond its sonic realm? How do some animal species manage to communicate completely isochronous (at constant intervals in time) over a long period of time? How do the indigenous people align themselves to be in tune with the forest they live in?

An international team of dancers, choreographers and sound artists (Berlin/Indonesia) ask themselves these questions while listening to the polyrhythms of sound recordings of different forests. In a collective process in Berlin and Indonesia, this  artistic team explores the sound recordings of forests in Indonesia and Germany in respect to their personal responses and memories vis-a-vis those sentiments connected to their cultural background, i.e. forest mythology and ritual dances.

The sound installation and dance performance reveals the personal and collective resonances of the team and allows the audience to experience the regularities and connections of these extraordinary biophonies.

Im Berliner Großstadtdschungel wächst die Kapelle des ehemaligen Krankenhauses Bethanien, heute Kunst-und Kulturraum, zur Klangkathedrale empor. In tausend Stimmen rufen Vögel ihre Morgengebete aus den Lautsprechern; spannen eine lichtgrüne Kuppel auf, unter der sich allerlei Getier auf dem weichen Boden tummelt. Waldwesen gehen im Rhythmus von Werden und Vergehen ihren Bestimmungen nach, predigen unaufgeregt Artenvielfalt. Ein Rücken wird Stamm, ein watender Fuß Kranich und Sumpf zugleich. Ein gehobenes Schulterblatt wird Libellenflügel und über den Boden spaziert ein Käfertier, stellt sich tot und wird zu Stein, bemoost im Nu.

Judith Sumalvio, freelance writer

Performances in Germany: Kunstquartier Bethanien, March 2023

Performances in Indonesia: Ladaya Art Space, Tenggarong, 2024

Artistic Team:

Ari Ersandi – Choreography, Dance, Sound Recordings

Katia Engel – Chreography, Concept, Sound Recordings

Dancers (Indonesia) – TBA

Polett Kasza – Dance

Felix-Florian Tödtloff – Sound Design

Dramaturgy: Helly Minarti, Katja Wiegand

The project is funded by

in partnership with

Universitas Muhammadiyah/KHDTK unit

Borneo Nature Foundation

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