GRANDMOTHERS (working title) WORK IN PROGRESS Concept & Creation: Company HAA
In "Grandmothers" we ask ourselves, how would our grandmothers act in the world of today? Would they have chosen a different, more individualistic path? How did the social & political situation influence their freedom of choice? Did they even ask themselves questions such as: “Am i fulfilled?” ?
And how do they feel now ? Are they holding on to the past? Are they afraid of dying? Or relieved to find an end? Maybe in today's world we have too much to choose from, too much on the menu, that leaves the simplicity of just being, unimportant. We see the grandmother and elderly as a source of wisdom and at times simplicity. We question if this is really how western society nowadays appreciate them.
We will use personal and in-depth interviews with our grandmothers and other elderly, as well as our personal stories as a source for movement material and scenic scenarios. We investigate the history, that is embodied in us, and retrospection of the past through the physicality of the present bodies.
Created & Performed by Annukka Hirvonen Roberta Ricci Edith Buttingsrud Pedersen Justyna Kalbarczyk
Research Contributor/Philosopher by Camille Buttingsrud
Videographer, Documentation & Stage Video by Valquire Velqovic
In the research process we will collaborate with Philosopher Camille Buttingsrud, whom will follow us through out interviews and embodiment of researched material. At the root of the performance, the voices, emotions and reflections of elderly family members and other senior citizens are embodying the concept of “grandmothers”. Interviews disclosing these people’s lived lives and expected passing will be conducted with respect and care through the fine tuned micro-phenomenological method. https:// www.microphenomenology.com/home
In the tradition of phenomenology understanding structures behind the subject’s experiences of being-in-the-world is at the core. Current scientists are increasingly making use of subjective data, for instance to inform and position neurological findings, psychological theories, and medical treatment, as well as for the subtle details of interdisciplinary consciousness studies. Company HAA is making use of qualitative interviews of two reasons. First, to research the material we are building our performance upon. Second, to share the subjective knowledge of our grandmothers’ generation of women. Through film, audio, and text, as part of and in addition to the dance performance at hand, these shared experiences convey and embody multi-layered reflections upon our own lived lives and values.
Workshops organised for elderly will be a part of our research process and inspiration, as well a way to share and to offer something for the community in each city or village that we will work in. It is a chance for the elderly to experience their physical bodies and to enhance their well-being and connection to themselves, others and the surrounding world through movement. In the workshops we will work on simple movement tasks that awaken the senses, engage the whole body, spur creativity and cultivate a sense of community by encouraging the participants to listening and interaction. The setting invites two generations to meet and share through movement.