Friday, May 24, 2013

new "con·sens·us" - after 10 years and more of working (a personal note)

today I did a con·sens·us solo at Gallery Karin Trenkel in Rotterdam during her series Eyes & Ears (Oren & Ogen) about dance & audiovisuals / video-art. it was the first time in a long while that I worked as a soloist and on my own terms. the performance became amazing. I was able to combine the refined, sensorial concreteness of feeling my way through the accumulating dance, as well as an entirely new level of inter-personal relating. it made me think of Gertrude Stein, one of my all time cultural heroines, and how she had at the beginning of the last century struggled to free written words from associations, and how in writing "Tender Buttons" she found this whole area of nouns and how she could play with them ...

I started lying down in the gallery as I usually do, sensing my body, giving it space & time & attention to do what it felt like doing. I could let my environment impact my moves & create a sensorial bond at the moment: pillars, pipes, windows, objects, lines in space etc. while this bond had been always nameless in the past, this time I could combine it with giving it voice-names in my mind, without loosing the sensorial clarity. I then decided that while until now I had always made my moves out of the moment and myself, remaining idiosynchratic, this time I would seize the chance to translate what I was seeing into imagery / energy / referrals for whoever would be watching the performance.

once I went outside, I could suddenly get to yet another level where I also was able to open up on a personal level, and let my heart remain alive & open while doing my dancing. the experience of the Ball I had performed at last Sunday, the Black Grapes, in Rotterdam, second edition of the growing Vogue / Ballroom scene in the Netherlands. the emotional level of daring to be just myself and personal, which got an enormous amount of support from becoming a Radical Faerie, came to a fruitition with the above and I felt I could be the complete master of my dancing and at the same time really have everone participate in their very own way and as they chose. truly a miraculous moment.


Thank you all who brought something into this moment, from the very first con·sens·us partners to more recently, Kaatje Nouwèn & Janine Brall (click here for the photo gallery) Damani Leidsman, Gerwin Luijendijk, Amber Ambiance Vineyard, Micki Prodigy and Karin Trenkel

all photos ©2013 by Gerrit Jan Fukkink, used with kind permission

Saturday, April 06, 2013

influencing public space ...

it seems con•sens•us is now somewhat of a common good - we've had the politial part live up during Occupy and still ongoing, the decisions about private & public space & rules and regulations for them ...

i keep finding it important to remind myself to listen openly when i am outside of my own home, let the situation and its details reach me beyond my general filter for my perception, accepting the seeming chaos, not having the entire overview, not being 100% in control of what's going on (this can be quite disconcerting yet familiar, even if on the surface it seems that we concede to a system of rules without questioning, the inner chaos remains ...)

these days I am more and more getting involved with the work & legacy of dance-legend Anna Halprin. her husband designed the Keller Fountain in the 1970s, and the aim was to enable more intrusive use by the general public / users of public space, in Portland, Oregon. today such freedom seems almost outdated, we've become so used to being ruled by cameras and police surveillance, being allowed to notice, but not to share beyond very narrow modes of being ...

in May there will be two moments on working on con•sens•us at CLOUD in Den Haag ...
tomorrow during a performance at the finissage of Halloween in the Spring by Vanita Monk in Rotterdam

we'll see :-)


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

new choreography - taking to the street



as Occupy Wall Street are coming back to the streets, new choreographies are learned, also after the experience of the police brutality tactics of e.g. Denver and Oakland last year.
this goes to show why the arts are such a powerful business and why elites/governments over centuries and millennia have sought ways to limit or eliminate them, most recently with the so-called austerity-measures, but also by taking away free spaces through growing commercialization, devaluation of labour-wages against rising costs of living, banning or re-criminalizing squatting (as happened in 2010 in the Netherlands)
"Our biggest mistake was teaching them to read. We won't do that again." (from Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale)
the mixture of dance in the streets and politics are reaching new dimensions and fruitition ...
good be with us all

Monday, April 04, 2011

greeting guardian(s) - a score / proposal

seeing a surveillance camera (especially in a public place), look into it and wave at the person looking at you at that moment!
score © 2007 by Thomas Körtvélyessy.


note April 3rd, 2011
here's a corresponding video of visual artist Stefan Hoffmann printing in Phoenix Brighton, UK

SMILE! from Stefan Hoffmann on Vimeo.

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Friday, October 01, 2010

breathing con·sens·us | Delfshaven Dans!

Yesterday Thomas Körtvélyessy did a breathing con·sens·us on the Heemraadsplein in Rotterdam, Netherlands as part of the community-dance project Delfshaven Dans! which he does together with Damaris Verduijn and Kaat Nouwèn
Everybody got the chance to start together and tune into each other's breathing, trusting that in time the group would be moving together. It became a wonderfully poetic moment, complemented by a beautifully simple score of Kaat involving small origamied paper-boxes. The Heemraadsplein became filled with beautifully sensitive and touching people, each participant interpreting the score in her/his way.

There have been many moments of con·sens·us in this project, whether consciously or sub-consciously and it was very interesting to follow how they were dealt with by different people at different times.


video recorded & edited by Adolfo Estrada Vargas / cross-dissolve

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

park group / Hoek van Holland Strand

During this summer Thomas Körtvélyessy taught a number of classes to the group of dance improvisation enthousiasts, organised by Wilma van de Hel and Karin van Etten.

The main location was in the Euromastpark in Rotterdam, but on July 15th they made a guest appearance on the Heemraadsplein, also in Rotterdam, where they performed a very free interpretation of the walking con·sens·us at the end.
Last Sunday, September 6th, 2009 they worked on the beach at Hoek van Holland, dancing with the water, the sand, and the wind.

All of the work was strongly centered in con·sens·us as a basic principle for interaction, supported by working with sensitive energy

Beach photographs by Wilma and Thomas. The complete gallery is here.


Thank you!

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

2nd public space intervention score: imagine

seeing a person in public imagine the person in a happy, fulfilled, blissful, satisfied state... :-)

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