I, IS A MOUNTAIN AND A RIVER
IS A MOUNTAIN
AND A RIVER
Everything is in flux. Especially in times when the days seem to meander fluidly but tenaciously, thinking about space and time leads us to new images and confrontations:
What brings us into flow or flux, shapes our bodies and ourselves?
What is the solid core we think we carry inside us?
And where does this I rise up out of the stream of time?
With our new production we discover the human being as landscape, part of the landscape and as material.
Unique and solitary, we assert our identity like a rock that stands out starkly from its surroundings, and yet we are entirely wave or river: inseparably anchored to the people, places, and social spaces in which we move, shaping them and being shaped by them. In our limbs, absorbed experiences and words echo and connect with the blueprints and functions of our bodies. We are bones, organs, skin, and then again flowing breath, movement, language.
In dance and with the means of painting we locate this self. In "I, is a mountain and a river" Marion Dieterle works for the first time without the corset of a fixed choreography. In this opened up space, the unexpected can appear continuously. Does the open structure make uniqueness and one's personal stamp less or more visible? What strategies and layers can we access to make use of the possibility of the moment?
"As I enter the second half of life, I stand between birth and death,
in the middle between innocent newborn and aged transience.
As both mother and daughter, the fragility of being is within reach."
Painting and dance, color and body... in space both combine into an expressive wandering, merge into a landscape, burst apart again, conquer each other like forces of nature and assert their own indomitable life. The piece invites us on a journey through the body as a landscape of narratives about us and our relationship to the world.
As part of the working process with "I, is a mountain and a river", a substantial body of painterly work was created. Selected artworks can be seen in the exhibition accompanying the performance.
Thoughts on "slowly pushing", acrylic on canvas
“With the morning comes the light. It travels.
Diving, my eyes glide over surfaces, light and colour – “slowly pushing” is an ode to the Umbrian landscape.
I let my gaze wander along the horizons and enjoy their pleasant expanse.
The surfaces of the fields, the woods and meadows, they shine, they come close and back up far away.
They warm up in the light and cool down under sporadic clouds.
This vastness, this space, I can see it, feel it, taste it. I am grateful for this moment of dance between earth and sky.”
Team: Artistic Direction, Dance, Choreography, Painting & Set: Marion Dieterle | Artistic Support, Set & Costume: Julia Stefanovici | Music: Ralf Freudenberger | Light: Garlef Keßler | Exhibition & Artistic Support: David Komander, Marla Kozaczka | Film Documentation: Barbara Schröer, Cecilia Gläsker-Venn | Photo: Ingo Solms | Design: Peter Steinmetz | PR: Heino Schütten | Text: Anika Lecomte, Nelly Winterhalder
A DOSSIER 3-D-Poetry production promoted by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Bezirksregierung Köln, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, Förderprogramm #takecare des Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR, iDAS NRW, Association Château de Monthelon, ehrenfeldstudios Köln.