RAW Project: Underneath Even a Muse Needs a Muse Concept & creation: Edith Buttingsrud-Pedersen, Annukka Hirvonen, Roberta Ricci, Karen Harvey Performance: Edith Buttingsrud-Pedersen, Annukka Hirvonen, Roberta Ricci Dramaturgical collaboration: Karen Harvey Video: Ekaterina Weiss Light design: Emese Csornai
A contemporary dance work collectively choreographed, using the concept of femininity as a particular set of qualities which has an inherent presence within all aspects of nature and people.
Reflections upon inner rhythm. How does one’s inner rhythm interfere with being a rational, “normal” or even simple individual as well as conflict with common rhythms within society? Maybe listening to our inner rhythm is connected to our femininity. We are sensitive to what is happening around us as well as what is happening inside of us.
We are looking for balance in an always passing and transforming flow of life and move-ment. We seek this transitory balance within ourselves, along with the balance of our surrounding environment and with other moving bodies. For example, our hormones have an influence on our lives, yet remain out of our control. What is the tension between having an active elusive inner rhythm and the solidity of reality, or of the bodies flesh?
Underneath, under the skin. We look at femininity as a quality which exists under the surface of visible reality. Implicit rather than explicit, it has it’s own strength.
The “Muse” gives us animage for femininity. Typically a “muse” is thought of as a female model providing inspiration and motivation. She is a classic symbol of the collective un-conscious ideal for femininity. Soft and adaptable, yet strong in her fragility. Is she is able to actually use it in her life, and does she allow herself to embody these qualities? What is happening within the muse?