What appears to disappear
From one state to another, from fall to recovery – it is about the after effect, the echo of the past moment that resonates. But watch now, nothing is moving but their breath. In the end, they just crave silence.
CREATION AND PERFORMANCE: Joya Geiger & Roxane Monfort
MUSIC: Aude de Bellefond
Joya Geiger is a dancer and performer, born in St.Gallen, Switzerland. After graduating at ZTTS (Zürcher Tanz Theater Schule) in 2017, she completed the Dance Intensive Program at Tanzfabrik Berlin. During her dance education, she got the chance to learn from choreographers such as Bruno Catalano, Anna Nowicka, Luca Signoretti, and Jan Burkhardt. Joya worked in different projects in Switzerland and Germany as a performer and choreographer and showed her last piece at fünfzehnminuten Festival in Cologne. At the moment, she is interested in finding new ways of moving and understanding her body. She recently discovered capoeira and breakdance and is curious to learn more about these styles, trying to integrate unique qualities and dynamics in her dance.
Roxane Monfort is a dancer, performer, and choreographer, born in Toulouse/France. After several years of dance training in different dance schools, she obtained her state diploma as a contemporary dance teacher in 2018 from the Institut Supérieur des Arts de Toulouse. During the Dance Intensive Program at Tanzfabrik Berlin, she learned from the work of different choreographers such as Katja Mustonen, Eva Georgistopoulou, and Sergiu Matis. As interpreter and co-choreographer, Roxane has been taking part in various projects presented in France and Germany. In 2019, she choreographed and performed a solo about the social situation in France – “Je condamne les violences” – in the frame of A.PART festival at ada Studio. She is currently questioning what the body can communicate through movement and emotions.
Aude de Bellefond is a musician and DJane, originally from France. After years of living in South Korea and Thailand, Aude settled down in Berlin 4 years ago. With a curious and positive mind, she has explored many parts of the world, opening herself to a diversity of people and music. Her journey in life echoes her journey in music and sound. Playing piano and organ from an early age, she was early exposed to electronic music as well. Her love for music, sound, and dancing brought her into club culture. In all the cities and countries she has been, she has explored the club scene and met people sharing the same passion. She has been collecting records for several years and is DJing with her friends while learning and refining her skills.
It’s curious to realize how our topic fits the current situation.
We choose, many months ago, to work about the human capacity of adaptability.
The theory became practical and now we don’t have the choice to apply what had in mind.
This blog is a perfect example of this adaptability. We are truly grateful to be a part of this journey.
We would like to thank again the whole A.Part team for their involvement, creativity, support and kindness.
And now , we would like to invite you to share you thoughts and feelings about this 🙂
A period of introspection and silence.
This track is a work in progress reflecting my state of mind and vision of the actual period. Slow, with heavy bass grounding you under and spacey atmosphere to keep your mind floating. It is a heavy period of time but we must still walk, dance or run – even more slowly – our way in life.
( The track is a bit low volume compared to other tracks, so turn down the volume when you are done listening to it, not to blow your ears with the next track… :p Rough mix, and no mastering yet… )
The silence is whispering.
My intuition awakes.
Slow down, pause and rise.
Slow motion, evolution,
Empty and reach the abundance.
Unlearn what you’ve learnt.
Quiet and shy clubs, sleepy volcanoes.
A subterranean groove locked in.
Locked in but growing stronger
Locked in but evolving in harmony
Harmony of all the voices together
Together choosing love but not fear.
Soon dancing together again!
when i watch your dance i feel moved. its like you merge with all around and at the same time you move space.
or does space move you?
while filming you, I couldn‘t see the whole picture…in some
moments i felt a bit overwhelmed because there was so much happening. so many details.
for me, it almost looks like the movement are flowing through you. its so natural and clear.
~when i watch you dance i feel moved-
Music : Hania Rani – Warszawa
I'm behind the camera.
Observing her dance,
With my amateur hands
And my sharp, sensitive gaze.
The first word that comes to mind while watching this video is « douceur ».
It means softness in French.
I deliberately chose not to translate this word directly because I find that there is an even sweeter connotation when you say it out loud.
I don’t really know how to formulate what I feel but there is something strong and delicate at the same time in her dance.
She expresses a lot.
Maybe it’s because I know Joya, but when I watch this sequence I can feel through her way of moving all the sensibility she’s got.
Falling in _
Falling out _
Looking for balance and trying to trust the process.
Photo Credit : Pheline Acil
Today, I feel strongly affected by the lack of physical contact.
My behavior, my thoughts, indeed, all my way of being happens to be challenged.
I realize even more how much I need proximity and touch.
When two bodies meet each other, there is a connection, a communication between them.
But there is something deeper.
If I would be cheesy, I would talk about the soul.
Maybe it’s not cheesy.
I can dare to think that a physical contact, even the simplest one,
Can connect two souls.
Something really intimate that is happening through touch.
Today, I am grateful to be aware of this.
I miss this feeling of another body – its warmness, weight, volumes, textures, qualities and feedback- in contact with my body and my soul.