Noa & Snow is a 2 years research project funded by the Austrian scientific fund (FWF): Projektnummer: AR 553. ending March 2022.
© Alix Eynaudi / Alexander Meeus
funded by the Austrian scientific fund (FWF) – PEEK Programme for Arts-based Research, project AR 553
project dealer Alix Eynaudi
close accomplices Paula Caspão, Quim Pujol, Lydia McGlinchey
production management mollusca productions for boîte de production
co-produced by brut Wien, Volkskundemuseum Wien, Wien Modern and boite de production boite de production is supported by The Creative Europe Programme of the European Union through Life Long Burning – Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien and the Kulturkommission Josefstadt
guests Cécile Tonizzo, Bruno Pocheron, An Breugelmans, Anne Faucheret, Sabina Holzer, Clara Amaral, Nuno Bizarro, Mette Edvartsen, Christian Kosmas Mayer, Mark Lorimer, Alice Chauchat, Jason Dodge, Joachim Hamou, Paul Kotal, Ujjwal Kanishka Utkarsh, Mirhet Kebede, Han-Gyeol Lie, Frida Robles, Samuel Feldhandler, Soeyon Park, Tom Pauwels, Jennifer Lacey, Jason Dodge, Valentina Desideri, Robert Trappl, Elizabeth Ward, Ruthie Jenrbekova, Stina Ehn.
This project was made possible with the love and support of Agnès Quackels, Jennifer Lacey, Alice Chauchat, Jacopo Lanteri, Raimundas Malašauskas, Sarah Blumenfeld, Herbert Justnik, Caroline Madl.
Noa & Snow, a gentle experiment between the everyday and the event
At the crossroad between curating, writing and choreography, Noa & Snow becomes an organisation of working, studying together, an event that skirts the already established modes of artistic production and organises its own poetic encounters.
The project aims at exploring the capacities of poetry to ignite imagination across several writing modes and genres in order to shed some light on the possible articulations between performance practices, writing practices and poetry; it wants to spot the cultural and political stakes of practicing poetry-writingchoreographing collectively. As a result of radical juxtaposition, in Noa & Snow the spaces of dance and poetry will collapse into one another to simultaneously question and outline the contours of their (discursive) spheres, re-mixed. Choreographically the project questions the center of dance. When dance becomes a support and vector for something other it de-centralizes, it questions its potential as a social event. In this project, poetry is both an aim, as claimed above, and a method. Noa & Snow uses poetry as a generative tool for thinking, behaving, learning and choreographing in patterns different from those established by habit and inertia. We work with strategies such as domain-shift, compulsive writing, intense feedbacking, distracted attention to develop both choreographic and written material.
Noa & Snow fosters transversal thinking and living, by creating conditions/situations for dialogue between artists and/or theoreticians from different fields of knowledge, by implicating various sites of cultural experience/production, sharing and circulation, and by proposing the audience a different way of witnessing performances. In our view these “in-between” strategies are co-substantial to dance, for movement is always a state of transition, a form of embodied “in-betweeness”. This means we understand dance/choreography not only as literal physical movement, but also as a mindset for constantly reconfiguring a vast network of relationships between form, content, disciplines and references. The proposal puts forward not only an experimental artistic presentation but also an experimental mode of witnessing. It implies a specific mode of participation. The public eruptions of Noa & Snow are writing ateliers: the hosts/artists/team design notebooks, each of them unique, for their guests; as the performance unravels, the audience is invited to write, draw, doodle around, pen in hand, pen-siveness deployed – be it applications, e-mails, long forgotten instant messages, shopping lists, letters maybe. Everything taking place in the space is to be considered poetry.
Conceived as a choreographic social experiment, Noa & Snow wants to gently allow rather than guide, to implicate rather than explicate.