Meet the "Pictures of Things" dancers: Henriëtte Bernal

“Sometimes I’m so inspired that I lie awake in bed until two in the morning!”

Leading up to the premiere of Pictures of Things the thirteen dancers from all over the world will be introduced to you in a series of blogs through an interview and a self-edited portrait. Last but not least we introduce you the initiator of the project: Henriëtte Bernal!

A colorful collection of thirteen dance enthusiasts from various corners of the world gets together at the Monday Movement Class in Korzo. Working with the various choreographers during the weekly open classes leaves a subtle but lasting trace on their lives. On the participant's own initiative, this inspiration will now be given form by delving into a creative process with one single choreographer. The group chose Amos Ben-Tal, who together with his collective OFFprojects will create the interdisciplinary performance Pictures Of Things with and for them. An ode to all the little decisions and encounters that shape our lives and identities. 

My favourite sound
That depends a lot on my mood, but I love the sound of water in movement, dripping water, streaming water, bubbling water, waterfalls, fountains, but in particular the sound of the sea. Walking along the shore is like meditation, it washes all kind of thoughts away. You see things different after a long walk.

A hilarious moment
Well, the first thing that comes to mind is a training I did some years ago with my work. There were some teambuilding exercises on the programme. The task was to not move and I had to let my partner make me move the way she thought I would do. My partner knew about my dance passion and tried to make me dance! That was such a funny feeling and opposite to what I was feeling in that moment so I had to laugh about it. The harder my partner tried to make me dance, the funnier it became. Also other people in the training started to laugh and in the end the whole group ended crying of laughter!

My favourite city
Sevilla! Sevilla is such a beautiful city. The mixture of Moorish and Mediterranean culture in the architecture is so interesting. I could spend days in el Alcázar wondering how people could have been so incredibly creative in patterns, colours, space and light. Besides the special atmosphere, people really enjoy life. You can arrive late in the evening and find a nice terrace nearby where you can still eat, sitting under an orange tree watching people greeting each other as if they didn’t meet for years! I also love to walk around on the beautiful old streets, with their trees flourishing with lilac flowers giving off  a sweet fragrance. If you take a taxi, it is possible that you get a spontaneous expression of Flamenco music. Shall I go on?

What dance means to me
Ooooh, dance is a big deal in my life! Dance is a way to express, dance is life, dance is energy, it takes you to higher dimensions. I think I’m addicted to dance (and music), it makes me feel perfectly free! Many beautiful things have been said about dance, but I found the words of Pina Bausch really inspiring: “Is it theatre, or is it just life, love, freedom struggle, longing, joy, despair, reunion, beauty, strength. Dance, dance, otherwise we are lost”.

How the Monday Movement Class influenced me
A lot! Sometimes I’m so inspired that I lie awake in bed until two in the morning and it gave me the idea to do a project proposal to Korzo to make a production with the Monday Movement concept. The Monday Movement Classes brought an extra dimension to my dancing passion. Every week there is a different dancer or choreographer teaching at the open lessons. Each one of them has so much to say, so much to share with the group about their vision on dance, techniques, creating process, physical language. It stimulated me to enrich my own physical language and be more creative with it. I thought that one and a half hour was far not enough to learn from so many great people, that I was longing for deepening and learning even more. I also experienced that the combination of amateurs and professionals with different backgrounds from all over the world stimulated openness, creativity and energy. And now we are near to perform Picture of Things!

One thing I learned from Amos
I learned so many things! Amos has this calmness and serenity. He gives me the feeling that everything will be all right and that the most important thing is the process of learning and creating. During our rehearsals he gives constantly effective feedback. I always try to remember and stick with something during the rehearsal. Now it is: continuation in the stillness, full commitment and clarity in trajectory! 

Pictures of Things plays in Korzo on Tuesday 31th of May and Wednesday the 1st of June. More info & tickets.  

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