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Presentations SILENT DANCES 2018

In March and April 2015, I started working on this new dance project during a two month residency at Saari Residence in Finland, supported by the Kone Foundation. Below you can find what i wrote before i left.

In August/September 2016, I worked in a 3 week residency at Kokko1721, a beautiful remote farm in the East of Finland, run by Jukka Ristolainen.

Here you can find more about Field of Disappearance in its current part of the making process.

2 0 1 8 : During the process of this project, in which my choices are more radical than in my earlier work, questions arise and the desire to exchange with other artists and teachers. I am happy to announce that i receive an 'Ontwikkelbudget' (development budget) from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts to work specifically in the area of Stilte & Ontmoeting / Stillness & Stillness as a Meeting Space in dance. I will work on this trajectory from half March, throughout 2018 and beginning of 2019. It consists of trainings and exchanges in Amsterdam and Indonesia, and also includes presentations: Silent Dances. Please go here for performance dates. You can follow my BLOG here.


Field of Disappearance



About my work at Saari Residency, the beginning of Field of Disappearance:

I will be working on the basis and direction for a new dance project: Field Of Disappearance (work title). I wish to investigate different aspects of disappearance and different ways to look at the subject, not necessarily to make the piece yet, but to lay solid ground for it.

There are many ways I could approach this subject. For many years I have been intrigued and moved by people gone missing, disappearing. What goes on inside of people if they know that nobody knows where they are? They disappeared to someone and some place but they still are somewhere. Also disappearance in relation to presence, absence and transparency and what that may mean to the dancing body. And the possibility of disappearing through layers, different depths of disappearing perhaps. I am inspired in this by The Rothko Chapel in Houston.

I have worked in the areas of presence, stillness and resonance for many years. Aspects that I relate to the imagination of disappearing. I approach stillness as a meeting space, from which anything can arise with new clarity. A magical space somehow, where perception is heightened. I have found moments of disappearance in earlier pieces, e.g. one place in the space where the performer seemed invisible; a bell that made no sound; a musician taking on the role of the 'white hadji', a spirit in Indonesia only seen by some.

Now I wish to tune my attention directly to what seems to me the essence, perhaps of all: the act, experience or perception of disappearing on another level: the act of 'getting out of the way.' A lifetime practise. And yet, how close could I get now in performance, in communication and relation with an audience when dealing with the subject itself other than letting it be an underlying vision? What form would it take?

Part of my daily practice will be an individual training deriving from these particular interests. How can you practice to 'get out of the way' when you bring your attention to it? Deepening my ongoing practice and interest from a new place in my dancing.

Another part is making photos with these interests in mind, to support the composing and imagination (framing, appearing, disappearing, in-visibility, inclusion, exclusion).

The residency has been deeply inspiring and beautiful. You can find an update on this project here.


  © Photo Rock: Wisa Knuuttila . Made during a shared project at Saari Residence 2015.