Transit Festival: FernNah
21. June 2019
14:15 - 14:45
7500 Holstebro, Denmark
An aerial performance by Jana Korb
With music by phyla
LOVE: This soul - says LOVE - is free, and yet more free, and yet very free, and yet supremely free, in root and stems and every branch, and in every fruit of her branches
has become free, even more than free
REASON: O God, o God, o God! - says REASON - what does this creature say? This is utter bewilderment!
SOUL: That is right and proper - says this SOUL.
An hommage to Marguerite Porète - a radical anarchist beguine in the 13th century - we perform aerial dance and new music in an interpretation of her "The mirror of the simple souls":
A dialogue between soul, reason, love, morality, and other beings.
Aerial artist meets musicians - every body situated in exchange, in music, in physicality. We try to draw an image of an energetic life, of a life that was radically rooted, and yet free.
We disect her thoughts into fragments. We weave text, sound, and voice fragments into minimal music - many-voiced dialogical texture.
A tree in the center - a path. Within voices, sound, aerial dance.
The beginning of FernNah was a random stumble: In Jihlava, Czech Republic, we encountered the ancient beech behind the church of St. Jacob's. Immediately we were under its spell. A story appeared…
Back in Berlin, we began to look for a sister tree, and became aware of an oak in Eberswalde, which was planted for Martin Luther's 400th birthday.
2016 the city of Eberswalde commissioned us to create a performance for their official celebrations of Luther's Reformation. A very ambivalent assignment, because we were (and are) quite dismissive of Luther - not least for feminist reasons… So we went on a quest to find liberating aspects of the Reformation - and pronounced Marguerite Porète as one of its trailblazers - against authority, against hierarchy, against (male) domination.
The premiere was in October 2017 - in Luther's Oak in Eberswalde.
Jana Korb is an artist (HdK Berlin), aerialist, and cultural scientist (FU and HU Berlin). She creates and produces aerial theater and narrative circus, mainly producing performances in public space. As a creator and researcher she is searching for a circus of the future.
Her artistic research leads her to special, and forgotten women: With "Vintage! Women! Variete!" she travels to the very first grand circus ladies. "Frau Vladusch" is a story about a normal, but extraordinary, old woman. In "Erstes Leid" she plays with Kafka's characters. And "FernNah" is about the writings of radical anarchist beguine Marguerite Porète.
She is artistic director of the Luftartistik Festspiele Berlin (Aerial Arts Festival Berlin), co-founder of RAW cultural space (Berlin), and now the first chair of the German Association for Theater in Public Spaces.
She lives and works as part of the collective korb+stiefel in Berlin Lichtenberg.
Jennie Zimmermann und Gisbert Schürig
phyla combine minimal music and improvisation to create soundscapes of poetic fragility and archaic impact - woven of voices between barely audible breaths, thunderous throat singing, and electronic sounds.
Silence and gradual evolvement of sounds create a moment of infinity.
This performance is presented as part of the 9th TRANSIT FESTIVAL hosted at Odin Teatret.
TRANSIT FESTIVAL 12 - 23 June 2019
An international theatre festival for women in contemporary theatre. This year’s festival theme is Hope in Action, during which 56 performances, 6 workshops and two art exhibitions will be presented by more than 75 artists from 5 continents.
The Transit Festival has existed since 1995 and it is part of The Magdalena Project, an international network of women in theatre created to enable women to produce work that more profoundly reflects their own experience. The festival is directed by Julia Varley, actress of Odin Teatret.