Laboratorium Motus Mori

Katja Heitmann

Choreographer Katja Heitmann (D/NL) operates on the cutting edge between dance and visual art, performance and installation. In her work she explores what moves people in our current era. She is fascinated by the control society and her efficiency-thinking which is currently manifesting. The progressing technology allows people to ‘optimise’ their far-reaching world, as is propagated in transhumanism, for example. Heitmann suggests that this optimisation is threatening certain movements with ‘extinction’. Movements that are not effective, efficient and controllable will slowly but surely disappear.

But are these not the movements that distinguish humans from machines and make humans human?

Preserving humanity

During STRP Festival, Katja Heitmann presents a theatrical laboratory in which she invites us to donate conscious and unconscious movements. These movements are analysed in real time by the 5 present dancers, made abstract and transformed into movement sculptures. This creates a living exhibition based on movements that are dying out. Heitmann uses her work to present critical questions about the relationship between humans, technology and society, but primarily also the question of what it means to be human.

As well as the laboratory, Heitmann will also regularly present theatrical zoom-in session. Supported by video material, she delves deeper into how movements are collected and how the sculptures are created. These anatomical sessions give us an insight into her choreographic dissecting room.

During the conference, Katja Heinemann will also be one of the speakers.

Choreography & concept: Katja Heitmann
Music & concept: Sander van der Schaaf
Dancers: Wies Berkhout, Anna Zurkirchen, Merle Schiebergen, Manou Koreman, Rebecca Collins
Artistic advice: Moene Roovers, Christina Flick, Ingrid de Rond
Video & photography: Hanneke Wetzer
Co-production: DansBrabant, Marres house for contemporary culture Maastricht, STRP
Partner: tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf
Supported by: Gemeente Tilburg, Provincie Noord Brabant, Fonds Podiumkunsten

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Header Photo Credit: Hanneke Wetzer

All Dates
& Times

  • 30 Mar
    13:00 – 18:00
  • 31 Mar
    11:00 – 18:00
  • 1 Apr
    13:00 – 18:00
  • 2 Apr
    13:00 – 21:00
  • 3 Apr
    13:00 – 21:00
  • 4 Apr
    13:00 – 21:00
  • 5 Apr
    13:00 – 21:00
  • 6 Apr
    13:00 – 21:00
  • 7 Apr
    11:00 – 18:00

How to get
there?

Klokgebouw
Klokgebouw 50
5617 AB Eindhoven