Ayla Pierrot Arendt
HARMLESS BEING 2018
Videochoreography by Ayla Pierrot Arendt
Length: 90 Min.
This piece is about the idea of 2 female warriors performing with an audience that is divided at first. They take space and time to slowly merge the perspectives of the two groups. After a break as part of the piece where the audience can mix themselves drinks, the space is re-entered. It opens up to a huge 10x6m wide bed. Before the 2 dancer warriors help the audience members one by one up to the bed, everyone is tattoed with simple sentences like "Stay with me". The third part of the piece is being watched from the bed. The shared and interactive space of the matress effects the vision of the tender dance-fight that Su-Mi Jang and Katja Cheraneva are moving into. As if apart of the whole scenario, they sink into a duet that juxtaposes the projection of emotional conflict with the real space experience.
Taking inspiration from the Japanese low-budget erotic film “Guerilla Girl Boss” (1972), in which solidarity among women gangs counters patriarchy, poverty and violence, the protagonists of HARMLESS BEING take time for creating spaces to exchange and confront each other, to explore their own emotions and reactions, and to find ways to express their need and care for each other.
HARMLESS BEING projects a common space in which each audience member is marked with a need to value each other's presence, help and perspective.
Concept, Direction, Video, Set design: Ayla Pierrot Arendt Performance: Katja Cheraneva, Su-Mi Jang Costume: Nina Divitschek Light Design: Matthias Rieker Sound: Fullruhm & Don Dyzette Camera: Sriram Srivigneswaramoorthy Color Grading: Valentin Oellers Artistic Assistance: Benjamin Wiemann Production Manager: Lucia Primavera
HARMLESS BEING was co-produced by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in the frame of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main 2018 and financially supported by the City of Frankfurt and the Women Fund of the University of the Arts Berlin.