CRY OF THE SOIL

“CRY OF THE SOIL – AUDIO DANCES FOR CLIMATE GRIEVING”

is an artistic research combining ecosomatics, choreography and folk music.

It is instigated to hear and feel from within the flesh of the world we are part of. Our flesh is drying out. Our flesh is melting away. And we keep on breathing. On our map of thoughts we connect saliva, moisture, sweat, tears, drought, fumes and weather fluxes.

We turn specifically towards traditional folk music practices to learn ways of holding on together. We are interested in their cathartic, rebellious and relation-building functions and potentials. 

It comes from the longing to reconnect: to the place, to lived collectivity, to emotionality and sensuality, across arbitrary and fenced borders. 

Coming from the dance field, our work is built on the understanding of voice and music primarily as an intimate somatic experience. We are interested in the quakes that voice and collective music practices provoke on social and somatic levels:

What is this affective charge between sounding and listening bodies? How does music affect us as sentient social beings and facilitate facing and going through difficult experiences? How does it help us to understand and shape sociality? How does it make us swell out beyond our bodily contours – becoming a boundless community of pulses, densities, waves and flows.

Within the span of 6 months, we instigate collective processes of learning about and with chosen folk music traditions. We work with the tools stemming from our choreographic practice: focusing on the tangibility of sound, deep listening techniques, exploring the mechanisms and forces that create and sustain the voice, working with music’s affective and kinesthetic potentials, applying biocentric, cellular, and ecological perspectives to sound- and meaning-making. It allows us to explore folk music practices from a focal point of entwined somatic and social experiences.

Founded by: Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland