LATERNA, in collaboration with Robert Steijn and Monte Verità, presents:
SHAKE THE MOUNTAIN! – Closing Ritual, a Performance event
August 31st 2019 at 19:30h at Monte Verità, Ascona, (CH)
The event was free and open to all!
SHAKE THE MOUNTAIN is organized by the artist-duo LATERNA (Marianne Skjeldal and Inger-Reidun Olsen) in collaboration with invited artist Robert Steijn, and is part of LATERNAS 3-year project CoSA - Concerning the Spiritual in Art (2018-2020). CoSA (2018-2020) is founded in the artistic work and research that LATERNA made during CoSA 2017. CoSA´s aim is still the same: to channel and interpret the spirit of places into our artworks and performances and explore sites with spiritual reference or history (memory) by re-creating lost rituals and creating new artworks. During 2017, we learned that “spiritual”, to us, is mostly related to our connection to nature, to place, to people. Touching borderlands of dance, choreography, ritual and healing, the artworks are relational, make places accessible and open space for dialogue and transformation. CoSAs part two consist of site-specific performances, artist books, workshops, cyclic choreographic practices like tree talks, the choreographic growing of sister gardens in two countries, a festival at Black Box Theater in Oslo, a collective gathering at Monte Verità (CH), sharing of Anna Halprin´s Planetary Dance Ritual and more.
SHAKE THE MOUNTAIN is a 3-day ritual where artists again gather in the magnetic place of Monte Verità. Tracing history to get connected with the place, shaking up who we are, to be able to plant new intentions.
As artists, we are interested in how the spirit of a place influence how we are in this world, how we make work, how we think of life, the world and ourselves. We see our three days, as a gathering ritual to make ourselves at home in this place, to let go of fixed beliefs, and at last to plant new intentions, that hopefully can reverberate into the world. It sounds perhaps a little bit much for three days, but we worked already on certain practices, exercises and rituals to allow this transformation to happen. We invite you to come and plant new seeds and SHAKE THE MOUNTAIN with us!
Who are “WE”?
We are; Julia Adzuki (AU/SE), Kyuja Bae (KR/NO), Ezra Fieremans (BE), Stephanie Maher (US/DE), Liv Kristin Holmberg (NO/DE), Jakob Schnack Krog (DK), Lilach Livne (IL), Christoph Leuenberger (CH), Ana Matey (ES), Inger-Reidun Olsen (NO), Marianne Skjeldal (NO), Robert Steijn (NL/, Raúl Vargas Torres (CO/NO) and Daniel Zimmermann (AT).
Supported by Arts Council Norway
Monte Verità rises on the hills above Ascona and Lake Maggiore, and has always been a magnetic pole of convergence of ideas, trends, experiments and historical figures. The alternative and vegetarian colony of the early twentieth century marked the birth of the myth of Monte Verità, with the presence of artists, anarchists, philosophers and thinkers, as well as illustrious guests including Hermann Hesse. After a brief period in the early twenties, in which some expressionist artists created a small art centre, the Ascona hill was bought by the banker and German art collector Baron Eduard von der Heydt. Monte Verità became a modern hotel centre, which welcomed great personalities from the artistic, political and cultural worlds. Today, Monte Verità is a state-of-the-art congress and cultural centre run by the Foundation of the same name. Immersed in the quiet and green of a park of more than 7 hectares, with an incomparable view of Lake Maggiore, this place offers visitors a unique experience.
LATERNA was established in 2011 by Inger-Reidun Olsen and Marianne Skjeldal, both choreographers and performers. Through various formats within performance and choreography, LATERNA researches material, movement, objects, sound and actions in relation to their artistic research, performative and spiritual practices. www.laternalaterna.org // www.marianneskjeldal.com // www.iroart.com