30 Poems for Artists: Marina Fernandez de Haro

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Marina was a Spanish rose; an easy-going person with an aura of sensitivity and perception around her. I was moved by one of her dance videos, Memory Soul. It showed her dancing on a curving street with no view on the possibly upcoming cars, with a nature view around the scene. Her movement emphasized the flow and beauty of contemporary dance. Oh… and she appeared to be a special chef as well. I mean, she can really cook good vegetarian food!
Marina is a co-organizer of In Touch Barcelona since 2013.

You dance like water

you walk like that, too

Is it possible to be that delicate?

Is it the chef that we’re looking at

or a lady with a mystic smile?

Mainokset

Keho ja kirjoittaminen: työpaja / Writing and the Body: a workshop

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen
Keho ja kirjoittaminen

ENGLISH BELOW

Ponderosan ConVerge-taiteilijaresidenssissä, Saksassa, pidin kaikille avoimen työpajan ”Writing and the Body”. Työpajan tavoitteena oli lähestyä luovan kirjoittamisen prosessia liikkeen tekemisen kautta.

Lämmittelyosuuteen kuului ohjattu tanssi-improvisaatio, jonka intensiteetti kasvoi loppua kohden. Välittömästi sen jälkeen ohjasin osallistujia puhumaan sana-assosiaatioita mahdollisimman pidäkkeettömästi. Toimin heille kirjurina, ja sana-assosiaatioiden keräämisen jälkeen siirryimme kirjoittamiseen. Kirjoitimme viiden sanan mittaisia runoja käyttäen sana-assosiaatiomateriaalia apuna.  Kirjoittamisvaiheen jälkeen teimme lyhyitä äänenavausharjoituksia ja esitimme runot toisillemme.

Työpaja ohjaa käyttämään kehollista kokemista osana kirjoittamisprosessia auttaen kirjoittajaa jäsentää kokemusmaailmaansa paitsi totuttujen aistien, myös tuntoaistin ja aktiivisen kehon käyttämisen kautta. Liikeimprovisaatio helpottaa pidäkkeistä vapautumista, tuo hyvää oloa ja avaa mahdollisuuksia keskittyä helpommin hetkeen.
Katso kuvat alempaa!

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Writing and the Body

In October 2014, in ConVerge artist residency, Ponderosa, Germany, I held a workshop with the topic Writing and the Body. Together with the participants, we explored how we could awaken our verbal sensitivity through movement. We warmed up our bodies by improv dance movements, starting on the floor and gradually building up the intensity of it, and then stopped after some 20 minutes of movement, keeping our eyes closed.

We then moved on to free stream-of-consciousness speaking, where I would help the participants by writing down their words. After this output phase, the process moved on to active writing. We contracted short poems of 5 words, and to help the process, the rule was to use at least one of the stream-of-consciousness words in each poem.

After the writing process, we warmed up our vocal chords and performed to each other. The group was open and everyone came up with some amazing creative output.

Tanssi-improvisaatio. Improvised dance.

Tanssi-improvisaatio. Improvised dance.

Tanssi-improvisaatio. Improvised dance.

Tanssi-improvisaatio. Improvised dance.

 

Vapaata sanojen assosiointia. Free verbal associating.

Vapaata sanojen assosiointia. Free verbal associating.

 

Kirjoittamisvaihe. The writing phase.

Kirjoittamisvaihe. The writing phase.

Kirjoittamisvaihe. The writing phase.

Kirjoittamisvaihe. The writing phase.

Esiintyminen toisille. Performing poems to each other.

Esiintyminen toisille. Performing poems to each other.

Runoja työpajasta, Arias Fernandez. Arias Fernandez's poems, made during the workshop.

Runoja työpajasta, Arias Fernandez. Arias Fernandez’s poems, made during the workshop.

Kuvat / Photos: Jonny Rowden, 2014.

30 Poems for Artists: Matan Fridman

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.
In Ponderosa, there was something missing if Matan was not around. He did his job by creating a warm spirit in the place. Thank you so much again, Matan!!

Dancing around the life and Ponderosa

you’re the driver and they all

wanna go to town, so they call

and you drive, –

OH MAN YOU DO

But I just wanna cook more tahini with you

30 Poems for Artists: Micheál Rowsome

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Micheál was a cheerful fellow artist in Ponderosa, with a peculiar character and thought. He seemed to fall in love with anything prescious around him, be it working in the garden with broccoli, creating birthday surprises to others (we had many birthday parties during that 2 week time!) or finding the essence of any suitable form of art. Micheál is an artist with many talents and a very open attitude, and I’m sure it is the attitude that will take him far. For him, though, ”far” may as well mean the same as ”close”. I’m also looking forward to seeing what will happen when he gets up on the stage with a microphone again; as that truly seems to be the place for him. He is both a stand-up comedian and a philosophical analyst of life and all thing beyond.

How can you be so funny and cunning

Copper-headed and humor-sensing

with a peculiar gaze and thought

And you get interviewed quite a lot?

30 Poems for Artists: Elizabeth Ardent

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Elizabeth attended ConVerge artist residency in Ponderosa with me. It was pleasant to watch her work, and I immediately got a glimpse of her being intelligent and playful. Now that is a perfect combination for a dance artist with a broad interest in different aspects of performing, right?

The look on your face

is both pretty and thoughtful

But so far I’m not sure

which strings to pull

When I look at you I find myself waiting

for a clever line

with no anticipating!

30 Poems for Artists: Frankie Snowdon

Live Art, Poetry

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

This time we have Frankie Snowdon. Hey, this woman definitely deserves some attention! Not only because she is graceful, beautiful and intelligent, but also because she is a real artist. I had the ultimate honor to work with her in Ponderosa in fall 2014 for two enlightening weeks, and she gave me a possibility to learn a lot through observing her working methods and skills as a dancer. In our group of four, we developed a special relationship with one another, and I saw how wonderful it is when one gives all of her presence to the common process of creating a piece of art. It is not easy, girl! The world is yours!

Please see the page of her collective, 2nd Toe!

Curly, spicy, beautiful and strong

you’re a lady that can fly like ping-pong

The balls of your game are nice and pink

and you dance and you think,

you dance and think.

30 Poems for Artists: Christopher Owen

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Christopher Owen is a dancer with a great interest and love for music and rhythm. Other than dancing, he plays different instruments, creates new ones out of any object and makes songs. As a dancer, he appears very creative, playful and strong. In Ponderosa, I had the chance to play around with sound and music together with this multi-talented artist. Of course, dancing with this amazing talent was also sheer bliss.
Christopher is attending an artist residency in Dance4, Nottingham in January, 2015.

Play your notes on a row

and slide on them like a surfer.

Holding a guitar, yelling slightly

Put that smile of yours on just anything

and you’ll turn it to rubies, so lightly

‘Cause I think if you had any flaws

they’d be soft as a cat’s paws

30 Poems for Artists: Kajanne Pepper

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.
Kaj-anne Pepper is a stunningly talented performer from Oregon, the USA. I had the chance to work with him in Ponderosa for two weeks, experimenting with ideas about creating a performance in a group of four artists. Working with Pepper was such a trip – he gave me a tour in the world of his work as a drag queen, and I hope I got the chance to give something in return. Pepper is a skillful, sensitive and multi-faceted artist, so please stay up to date about what he’s doing!

Your words are fast and your mind is curious

You seem colorful and furious

You do drag and fag and make it all up

by being as cute as an electric pup!

So please give me the lipstick now

so we can be sassy, and the crowd goes: WOW!

30 Poems for Artists: Adi Brief

Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

This one was made for Adi Brief, a person who has worked hard during years to establish the beautiful residency of Ponderosa. She has seen the place being born, its buildings going through a total renovation, and the community around it evolve and develop. She takes good care of it all, including the garden, and during my stay, appeared as a comfort-bringing household fairy for all of the guests.

 

Workfully working, joking, lurking

You’ve got it all for a smooth ride

You’ve got your smiles and we llke

the way you commit without a vomit

and do know how dreams

really do come true.

30 Poems for Artists: Tara Rynders

Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Here’s the poem for Tara Rynders, an astonishingly beautiful choreographer, dancer, performer and overall artist who engages the audience into private, personal, beautiful encounters with the performers in her works. She is the artistic director of You&Me, and she worked in Ponderosa together with a skillful artist crew, leaving no one cold after the showings. The collaboration gave the work a lot of warmth and spirit.

 

Someone might have taken a ladder

climbing up on the sky

Taken down a pair of stars

to be framed by your hair

And as they shine on your face

you dance on, like it was a race

You know there’s beauty around

– that’s what you’re speaking out loud