Katja Heitmann
Motus Mori RELIQUIEM

Art could not be more urgent. But besides urgent, Reliquiem is also very moving. 

What moves people? In RELIQUIEM, you experience other people's motivations in the most direct and penetrating way possible: through your body. In an intimate ritual, you put yourself in the shoes of the archive's many contributors and incorporate their personal 'movement relics' into your movement repertoire. Katja calls this "kinetic empathy. What movement would you like to inherit?

In the multi-year art project Motus Mori, Katja Heitmann collects and preserves human movement. More than 1,900 people have already donated their personal movement to this embodied archive, based on which the choreographer creates new artworks each time. People from Maastricht also donated their movement to the Motus Mori. This fall, the choreographer returns with RELIQUIEM.

Katja Heitmann is fascinated by man's constant attempts to escape her own mortality. This paradox is the muse of the movement archive Motus Mori. As movement goes and perishes, man is at once epi-central master of his own life and only a flake in eternity. With RELIQUIEM, Katja Heitmann takes the next step within her archival research; the creation of collectively shared movement heritage to secure it for the future. The archive will be transferred to "everyone. After all: doesn't everyone want to keep moving, for eternity?

This is an interactive performance where visitors themselves are in motion. 

This program is a collaboration of the Nederlandse Dansdagen,
Bureau Europa and Marres.

Biography
Katja Heitmann (1987, DE) operates on the border of dance, visual art, performance and installation. In her visual-choreographic work, she investigates what moves people in the present era. Katja Heitmann's choreographic work consists of emphatic aesthetics, in sharp contrast to human fallibility. Her minimalist visual language confronts the viewer with a raging sea of insights. A field of tension that emerges again and again in her work. In 2016 she won the Nederlandse Dansdagen Prize, in 2020 she was awarded the Gieskes-Strijbis Podiumprijs, the largest performing arts award in the Netherlands.

As a choreographic sculptor, Katja continuously searches for the core of her material. By means of radical concepts and well-considered forms of execution, she strips her artistic material of any noise. That which really matters is displayed with astonishing sharpness. In every detail of her work lies the grand gesture. 

Credits
Concept, artistic direction, libretto: Katja Heitmann
Concept, music, dramaturgy: Sander van der Schaaf
Production: Stichting This is not a show
Interviews, redactie: Eva Geia Huisman, Josefine Patzelt, Wies Berkhout, Moene Roovers, Ornella Prieto, Eleni Ploumi, Karolien Wauters
Artistic advice: Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink, Marijn Meijles, Jan Ruts
Scenography: Taciser Sevinc [TACISER.S ART AND DESIGN]
Realization decor: Edwin Daemen
Production Leaders: Corné van de Schoor, Julia Drittij, Ornella Prieto, Eleni Ploumi
Photography: Hanneke Wetzer
Internationalization: Fanny Martin | Art of festivals
Ondersteund door: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Tilburg, Provincie Noord Brabant Co-production partners: SPRING, Korzo, DecemberDance, tanzhausNRW

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  • Saturday 5 October
  • 10:30 - 11:45
      • Saturday 5 October
      • 10:30 - 11:45
      • Saturday 5 October
      • 12:00 - 13:15
      • Saturday 5 October
      • 14:30 - 15:45
      • Saturday 5 October
      • 16:00 - 17:15
      • Sunday 6 October
      • 10:30 - 11:45
      • Sunday 6 October
      • 12:00 - 13:15
      • Sunday 6 October
      • 14:30 - 15:45
      • Sunday 6 October
      • 16:00 - 17:15
      • Monday 7 October
      • 13:00 - 14:15
      • Monday 7 October
      • 19:00 - 20:15
      • Tuesday 8 October
      • 13:00 - 14:15
      • Tuesday 8 October
      • 19:00 - 20:15
      • Wednesday 9 October
      • 13:00 - 14:15
      • Wednesday 9 October
      • 19:00 - 20:15
      • Thursday 10 October
      • 13:00 - 14:15
      • Thursday 10 October
      • 19:00 - 20:15
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  • Ticket €18,50
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