SPUNK
Nora Heilmann
with Paola Lattanzi

Netherlands

Friday, 15th °
3.00 pm and 10.00 pm
IBP Halle



spunk·y adj
very lively, determined, and courageous (informal)


SPUNK is not a piece but a model for a research process. It can be applied to all kinds of dancers and artists from different fields who are willing to question themselves and the bodymind they bring.
The outcome will always be different, depending on the participants and their environment.

SPUNK is not a finished product, it is a dynamicly changing frame of potential. It can never be finished. It only shows stages of becoming.

First, SPUNK questions performer's desire for production of body. For emptying and filling, unconditioning and reconditioning. SPUNK is a nomadic practice. SPUNK is a risky and adventurous practice. SPUNK is a practice and not just a theory (not excluding theories). Alive philosophy. A reflective processes. Creating discourse. A laboratory. Making the process visible.

A specific rhythm of un-making and making will appear. Being and becoming. A time will appear. A body and also no body. Filling and emptying of the image. Questions will appear and specific perceptions.


Nora Heilmann (1976) studied Choreography and Performance at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. Her movement research bases on Body Weather Laboratory and different martial arts (Kalarippayattu, Kungfu Wushu, Qigong).
She is interested in experimental composition, improvisation, site-specific work and the merging of eastern and western movement principles. In her work she is searching for a dance practice that is socially/politically aware and reflective, for a body that is capturing the urgencies of its time.
Some of her choreographic works:
Auftrieb (2002), performances in Dans Werkplaats Amsterdam, Aerodance/Julidans Festival Amsterdam, Something Raw Festival Frascati Theater Amsterdam, Kortrijk/Belgium, Envy/France, Ankara/Turkey; Paravisions - collaborative research presentation with new media artist Sher Doruff, involving connected performers at web cams/urban spaces: Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, London, Brussels, Canada (De Waag - 2003); Cassis/helmet (2003), performances in Het Veem Theater Amsterdam, Uitmarkt Festival/ Paradiso Amsterdam, Resolution! Festival The Place Theatre London.

Paola Lattanzi studied at Accademia Nazionale di danza, Rome and at SNDO (school for new dance development), Amsterdam.
She has been working as dancer in several pieces, among others My feet are not long enough by Rossella Fiumi, 1993 in Italy, Easy, 1997 in LaMaMa theatre, New York; Hallo kitty! by Enzo Cosimi at La biennale di Venezia, Italy in 2000; The waste land by C. Collova 2002 in Teatro dell'elfo, Milano; Cassis Caput by Nora Heilmann, in 2003.
She has also been giving workshops, been working as teacher, e.g. at CUT (Centro Universitario Teatrale) in Rome; Zip festival in Orvieto, Italy; Medusa festival in Gyzicko, Poland.