LOST + FOUND [dances of exile]

Kampe, T, Brown, C, Scoones, R and Kasia, P (2017) LOST + FOUND [dances of exile]. In: Tempo Dance Festival NZ, Q-Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, 7 October 2017.

Item Type: Performance
Creators: Kampe, T, Brown, C, Scoones, R and Kasia, P
Corporate Creators: The New Zealand Dance Company, Q-Theatre Auckland, Tempo Festival Auckland, Carol Brown Dances
Abstract: LOST + FOUND [dances of exile] is a performance event for people on the move. Through hidden and unknown spaces the performance unfolds through re-enactments of dances of the past. Dancers from The New Zealand Dance Company together with Kasina Campbell and Maryam B. Nesami, perform traces of ecstatic, eccentric and expressionist choreographies from the archives of Shona Dunlop-MacTavish and former colleagues of the Bodenwieser Tanzgruppe. The work of Viennese choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser (Vienna 1890 – Sydney 1959) was seminal for the development of Modern Dance in Austria, New Zealand, the UK and Australia. As a marginalised Jewish artist, Bodenwieser was forced into exile from Europe via Colombia and New Zealand to work for a period of 20 years in Australia until her death in 1959. Exiled from Nazi Europe in 1938, Dunlop, a dancer with the company, secured the company’s safe passage to Wellington in 1939. LOST & FOUND [dances of exile] celebrates the possibility for a nearly lost avant-garde dance method to remain rather than disappear. Within a context of global transmission, through crisis, diaspora and exile, embodied knowledge is seen to persist through a micro-politics of translation. The project builds on artistic research undertaken by Carol Brown and Thomas Kampe between 2014 and 2017 (‘Releasing the Archive’, Auckland, Berlin, Hannover, Bath, Tel Aviv and Vienna) in collaboration with The New Zealand Dance Company, and leading dance-exile scholars and dance organisations (NZDC, Tanzkongress Hannover, Somatische Akademie Berlin, Dock 11 Berlin. LOST & FOUND [dances of exile] reactivates archival material from former Bodenwieser dancers including Shona Dunlop-McTavish, Hillary Napier and Hilde Holger. It also draws on sound recordings and modulated musical excerpts of exiled Bodenwieser dancers and musicians who were part of the 1930’s diasporic company, giving an insight into the expressive and vulnerable aesthetics of Bodenwieser’s work. LOST & FOUND [dances of exile] is an homage to enduring creativity. Survival strategies, extreme states and the contingencies of exile emerge to punctuate the present as the performers recuperate and remix archival traces. With a sound design by Russell Scoones, performance design by Kasia Pol and movement direction by Thomas Kampe, the edges of Q Theatre resonate with voices, images and gestures in a contemporary blast from the past. The live, site-responsive performance is complimented by a documentary film. Filmed by Meek Zuiderwyk and designed and edited by Owa Barua, it releases archival images from the Bodenwieser Tanzgruppe through The New Zealand Dance Company dancers and Maryam B. Nesami re-inhabiting of the legacy. The film and the performance together invite audiences to consider what vibrates at the borders of dance through its archival traces - to engage with a living museum of enduring human expression.
ChoreographerBrown, CarolUNSPECIFIED
ChoreographerKampe, Thomaskamt1
ComposerScoones, RussellUNSPECIFIED
DesignerPol, KasiaUNSPECIFIED
VideographerZuiderwyk, MeekUNSPECIFIED
DancerCampbell, KasinaUNSPECIFIED
DancerNesami, MaryamUNSPECIFIED
DancerKokiri, ChrissyUNSPECIFIED
DancerRudd, KatieUNSPECIFIED
DancerTolentino, CarlUNSPECIFIED
Lighting designerKilgour, JoUNSPECIFIED
ResearcherGraham, FionaUNSPECIFIED
ActorKampe, Thomaskamt1
Film editorBarua, OwaUNSPECIFIED
Official URL: http://www.tempo.co.nz/
Date: 6 October 2017
Funders: Creative New Zealand, Bath Spa University, Auckland University, Auckland Council, Tempo Festival
Event Location: Q-Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand
Projects: Releasing the Archive - Thomas Kampe & Carol Brown

Site - responsive immersive dance performance
Movement direction and research: Carol Brown and Thomas Kampe
Sound Design: Russell Scoones
Costume Design: Kasia Pol
Lighting design: Jo Kilgour
Dramaturg: Fiona Graham

This performance is part of the dance research project 'Releasing the Archive' undertaken by Thomas Kampe and Carol Brown with The New Zealand Dance Company between 2014 and 2017. The performance material was developed in residencies in Auckland and Berlin.The research asked questions regarding embodied archiving processes of nearly forgotten and marginalised modernist dance practices and their contemporary relevance. Parts of the this research were presented in Auckland, Bath, Berlin, Hannover and Melbourne prior to the performances of LOST & FOUND[dances of exile]. The final section of the performance formed the screening of the film 'Releasing her Archive' (dir Owa Barua), which brought contemporary archiving footage in dialogue with historic visual material and sound recordings.
The performance work was contextualised through two published articles by Kampe and Brown in JDSP Vol 9.1 (2017)

Keywords: Bodenwieser, Ausdruckstanz, dance and exile, NZ dance legacy
Divisions: Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
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Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2017 17:02
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2021 09:48
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