prana on tour
by EurAsia Dancer Girish Kumar
When: 15th November 2022
Where: Ahrensburg, Germany
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– prāṇa –
We breathe constantly and unconsciously.
The average adult takes about 16 breaths per minute. That is 20.000 breaths per day and about 600 million breaths in a lifetime.
Humans create patterns and rhythms unconsciously; the way they move, think, sleep, respond, walk, laugh and cry. Similarly, breath has a rhythm. When experiencing different emotions the rhythm of the breath changes. Anxiousness causes rapid breathing and a strain in the voice. Happiness creates a slow and steady breath and a cheerful tone in the voice.
When three dancers use voice and breath as an influence to their bodies what happens in terms of their volume, rhythm and quality? How can one body influence the other?
Three bodies enter into an unknown space hoping to start a life in it. A space that has emotions and thoughts, and is being very protective of itself. Before allowing these bodies to live in it, it tests them in unusual ways to see if they can belong. We are following their journey as they face the challenges of the space and their attempt to understand and integrate into this new world.
prāṇa is a product of the research project “Trust Your Gut”. It questions how breath and voice can influence the physical structure of the body, the mind and emotions. It explores how it can open up the different dimensions in relation to space.
Artistic Direction and Choreography: Girish Kumar Rachappa
Dance and creation: Deborah Dalla Valle, Ingjerd Solheim, Julien Müller
Dramaturgy: Stefano Fardelli
Photo and video: Amin Bahremand
Music: Pimon Lekler
Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR program, DIS-TANZEN aid program of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and supported by EurAsia Dance Project International Network, directed by Stefano Fardelli, and CDSH-Contemporary Dance School Hamburg.
Cover Photo by Florian Ziemen