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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. Today we get to know the special Iulia!
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 city
This is a tough one, as I tend to prefer the landscapes that I dream of; I have very vivid dreams about imaginary cities and yeah, unfortunately they don’t exist in reality. They are composed of elements from different cities in the world I have been to, but they are much cooler. They can have two moons rising over a town square, they can change shape as I’m travelling through them and there are no limitations as to what I can or cannot do in them. The only city that is more real than the ones from my imagination is the virtual city from the animated movie “Ponyo”.
The last time I cried
Last evening I re-watched “Guess who’s coming to dinner” and there are those moments in the movie when Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy have a beautiful eye contact; in the movie they play husband and wife, but in reality they’ve been involved in a long-lasting rollercoaster relationship, quite dramatic at times... so the way they look at each other in the movie is so complex and emotionally charged... it’s not a movie anymore, it’s reality! And that is beautiful. So when Katherine Hepburn started to shed some tears I also cried with her from my couch.
What stimulates my creativity
My limitations, as they oblige me to search and find alternative methods; my relationship to those limitations and sometimes impossibilities is also inspiring: how to escape the inescapable or avoid the unavoidable... I know it’s broad but it’s is a very precise feeling or concern that most of us humans have and are ultimately trying to deal with.
What dance means to me
It’s just something I happen to keep on doing; it’s just there and for some reason it never leaves. For many years it was just a hobby. I was always fascinated by dance and movement when I was small, especially ballet, and I can say I ended up a ballet maniac and complete nerd; but this day-dreaming was satisfactory enough for me; I think I kept on going to ballet courses because I would have felt stupid to just be obsessed about it and do nothing about my obsession... so regardless of me being bad at it, due to my weird body awareness, I kept on persevering in ballet. But when I started acting, I discovered a much more minimal, interiorized movement language based on gesture, and that fascinated me. The thing is I don’t know what my relationship to dance is yet. I started and will continue working with it, because I am curious of what it can bring to me or what I can bring to it; but we’ll see.
One thing I learned from Amos
I constantly learn things from him: he has the perfect method for someone like me that is constant fight with their body: my arms are sooo long, and my legs always felt detached from my body. I often feel that my body just flips out and doesn’t listen to me anymore, or I’m not listening to it anymore, and I just don’t know how to fix that. Hahaha, it’s like Peter Pan losing his shadow sometimes. So anyway, Amos, like Wendy, brings my body back to me step by step, as long as I allow myself to delve into his process and be in the moment, with no extra voices, distractions and judgements in my head.
Pictures of Things plays in Korzo on Tuesday 31th of May and Wednesday the 1st of June. More info & tickets.