Working with “SICK WOMAN THEORY” by Johanna Hedva
“[…] There was a Tumblr post that came across my dash during these weeks of protest, that said something to the effect of: “shout out to all the disabled people, sick people, people with PTSD, anxiety, etc., who can’t protest in the streets with us tonight. Your voices are heard and valued, and with us.
[…] In the Native American Cree language, the possessive noun and verb of a sentence are structured differently than in English. In Cree, one does not say, “I am sick.” Instead, one says, “The sickness has come to me.” I love that and want to honor it.
So, here is what has come to me:
[…]The most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another and to care for yourself. To take on the historically feminized and therefore invisible practice of nursing, nurturing, caring. To take seriously each other’s vulnerability and fragility and precarity, and to support it, honor it, empower it. To protect each other, to enact and practice community. A radical kinship, an interdependent sociality, a politics of care.“
Source: Johanna Hedva: Sick woman theory. Extract from lecture by Hedva, Johanna. “My Body Is a Prison of Pain so I Want to Leave It Like a Mystic But I Also Love It & Want It to Matter Politically.” Human Resources, Los Angeles, October 7, 2015. Source viewed at http://www.maskmagazine.com/not-again/struggle/sick-woman-theory (last viewed on 15.07.2021, 13:21).
Thoughts around the Sick Woman Theory
What ist the claim of „sickness“?
There is no division between wellnes and sickness OR „sickness“ is a mode aside the „well“?„Care“ implies… something that need to be cared for ?
Where do you START.. where do you STOP with treatment?
If care is profitable, is it still „caring“?
If health and wellness is a collective concern, the sickness should be society’s concern too, rather than leaving it to the individual and being left alone.
Protest are accessible for abled-bodies.
Technology can provide solutions to integrate „invisible“ bodies to the protes VS. How can protests be radically different and inclusive?
Physical Task: Creating each a „new“ folk dance
1) Zoom dance
2) Thunder dance
3) Modest dance
4) The dance of the 23rd century universe
And learning Ganggangsullae dance by observing the Jindo Ganggangsullae Preservation Society
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29S5u59dY4k (last viewed at 15.07.2021, 18:55). Jindo Ganggangsullae Preservation Society at National Namdo Gugak Center, Jinakdang. Planning/Production: Sang-Yeol Jeong (Director of the National Namdo Gugak Center), Planning: Jeong-Soo Kim (Director of Orchestra), Host: Ga-Ram Kim and Soon-Young Jeong, cinematography Arte TV (2010), video editing/design: Lagrange. Music composer of editorials and melodies: Kim Jong-shim
WARM UP : 1 hour-non-stop-dancing
Continueing with practicing GANGGANGSULLAE dance
Working on our self-created Folk Dances
1)Thunder: fixing the head and gaze. From the beginning, gaze looks over right shoulder to the right-neighbour, taking two steps back diagonal. And then head/gaze looks over left shoulder for the next two steps. This pattern keeps alternating.
The group follows in space a circular trajectory.
5 x repetition with speed up.
2) Modesty: Gaze to the front when bending first time to the left.
Chicken&cow part: 10 x knee-bounces→32 x right/left arm lifting up
Working on becoming an ANIMAL
Scenographic research: working with projection and textile
creating little zoos and aquariums in the room
- Kadi becomes Dolphin
- Enis becomes Panda
- Tati becomes Octopus
Welcome-round with our new collaborators:
Kristin Gerwien (set designer) and Jisun (performer) joining the process for THIS week, 19. – 23.07.2021
We moved today from the Theater Neben dem Turm into the facilities of Landestheater Marburg. For THIS week, we will be rehearsing there!
SLOW walking outside in the yard. Sloooooow, neutral, blank, „easy“, empty walkig practice while Jones and Tati work on setting up technics in the new space.
Working on our folk-dances: modest, zoom, thunder dances.
TRY-OUT: slow walking into beginning position of thunder dance. 1 x each voice. 1 x each voice with turning head. 1 x each voice with one step back. All together one step back with thunder sound. 6 x thunder dance from slow to fast.
Watching the video recording of dance piece “TRACHTENBUMMLER. Ein folkloreografisches Projekt” by Jochen Roller. A piece dealing with the exoticizing of german folk dances.
Source: https://vimeo.com/120425742 (last viewed on 19.97.2021, 20:00). Premiere at Sophiensaele Berlin, 27.8.2013. Künstlerische Leitung: Jochen Roller. Tanz: Joavien Ng, Edouard Pelleray, Ahilan Bhuvanendra Ratnamohan, Jochen Roller, Magali Sander Fett, Latai Funaki Taumoepeau. Trachten-Design: Daniel Kroh. Dramaturgie: Florian Feigl. Licht-Design: Henning Streck. Produktionsleitung: DepArtment. Assistenz Produktion: Theresa Willeke. Assistenz Kostüme: Daniel Juhart, Julia Wendler. Outside Eye: Andrea Keiz
Working on thunder dance and 23rd century universe. Try outs with different music proposals of Tati and working with the projection/motion-tracker software.
Meanwhile nextdoor… Kristin and Noa (Jisuns daughter) are busy with building up Set- design:
dancing a little sequence and preparing a flashmob. Flashmobs as collective choreographies that pop up „casually“ all of a sudden in public spaces , with the potential to deliver political statements.
After a vocal warm-up, we practed SCREAMING… maximum intensity screaming
a) With body, mimik, voice
b) With mimik, voice. Without body
c) With voice only. Without mimik, body
d) With mimik only. Without voice, body
e) Without voice,mimik,body.
Isabel Gatzke (dramaturg) joins our process for today and the next two days. Recapturing the folk dances: slow walking&thunder, modest, zoom zoom, 23rd century universe.
Projection-Try Outs.. Kristin presents a collection of textiles and materials to see how they function as projection surfaces.
Protest description.. Kadi, Jisun, Enis describing each one by one a protest they have been to, with eyes closed and as much sensorial information possible. Satring with the description of the weather.
Learning Ganggangsullae as the whole team, with the new guests and collaborators.