01.11 – 06.11 2017
OPEN SPACES#3 - 2017
M.A.R.S., Felix Mathias Ott, Bahar Temiz - Schleppen, Wilhelm Groener - Approximations #6, Darko Dragičević , Martin Sonderkamp - Cassandra has turned – 1, Kareth Schaffer - You said you'd give it to me - soon as you were free, Juli Reinartz – Fielding, Shannon Cooney, Narkosis, Moritz Majce, Sandra Man
A bridge into the mythic past.
Greek myths are still anchored in the cultural memory of the west today and form a cornerstone of self-image. With myriad very human gods and goddesses and glorious as well as failing heroines and heroes, these ancient tales still serve today to make the world more tangible and understand the complexity of life. It may be a coincidence that the legacy of these stories is the origin of the analysis during the coming »Open Spaces« for multiple artists, dancers, performers, choreographers and scenographers. Kareth Schaffer follows upon Cassandra’s dark prophecies, Moritz Majce and Sandra Man transpose the story of Narcissus and Echo into a spatial installation and Felix Ott, who has drawn his inspiration for earlier productions from Greek mythology multiple times, presents a work that uses the encounter between Amor and Psyche as its point of departure.
Dance is not always what it appears to be. Everyone seeking to overcome boundaries, embrace the foreign with open arms and experience the familiar in a new vesture can look forward to these as well as other works.
01.11 - 02.11
apap artist Felix Mathias Ott with Bahar Temiz
“C&P is the abbreviation of Cupid and Psyche from Metamorphosis. The myth is about the love between the half-god Cupid and the mortal Psyche. We wanted them to come to now with us and even travel together to the future.”
(from the interview with Felix M. Ott and Bahar Temiz by Eva Decaesstecker (Kaaitheater, 2017)
Concept and performance: Felix Mathias Ott, Bahar Temiz
Sound design: Bojan Gagic
Light design: Bojan Gagic, Felix Mathias Ott
Production Management: Inge Zysk
Production: Felix Mathias Ott
Felix and Bahar keep the spirit of being two individuals consenting on certain ways of relating to each other. Within that relation; they are reinventing themselves and create entangled tales through their re-membered bodies. They meet as equal partners in a playground where two bodies are put in an unfurling state. On M.A.R.S, Felix and Bahar examine the conditions of moving together. As instruments of an atypical score, they navigate from one situation to another with a sense of complicity. While waltzing around the walls of intimacy, they create a playground where one can offer one’s self to the other. They embody animate and inanimate entities, swerve and diverge in order to investigate the gap that divides them, which is an autonomous third element, a force that has its own dynamics and rules. M.A.R.S becomes a way of framing certain rules and obstacles that put Felix and Bahar in friction. They take off from their gendered bodies and seek for a relation that can go beyond narration and become an abstracted emotional landscape.
In collaboration with workspacebrussels.
about the artists
Felix Mathias Ott, was born in 1983 in Reutlingen and is mainly choreographer in the field of contemporary performing arts, working internationally and based in Berlin. His father, a German actor, inspired in him from an early age a huge interest in theatre that Felix developed initially by studying stage design. He returned later to his performative roots with a course in Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography at HZT Berlin in cooperation with UdK und Ernst Busch Hochschule in Berlin. Since then he works as a stage designer, video artist, interpreter (dancing/acting), author and choreographer all over the World for his own creations or with artists like Krzysztof Warlikowski, Boris Charmatz, Yves Noel Genod, Maud le Pladec, Mathilde Monnier, Björn Melhus, Clement Layes, Tino Seghal….
His personal creation and research is supported for the next few years by the European „Apap“ art platform. His work is also supported by the City of Berlin and the Goethe Institut.
Felix‘ work tends to create reflexive, more than conceptual, spaces where the spectator is invited to discover the and his/her unconscious world, to call for his own creativity in order to recreate one world with the fragments that the surrealistic writing of the artist proposes to him. Within this, Felix Mathias Ott wants to create a silent dive from reality into fiction, which wishes to contrast our contemporary ways to receive information, and get influenced all over with screamed out manipulative slogans.
Bahar Temiz is a freelance dancer and choreographer, born in 1983 in Istanbul and based in Paris. After her graduation from the French high school Saint-Joseph in Istanbul, she studied philosophy at the Université de Paris IV-la Sorbonne, followed by studies in dance at the Artez Dance Academy (Netherlands) and choreography at Ex.e.r.ce (Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier). She holds a Masters degree in dance from Université de Paris VIII. She worked as a dancer and performer with Erik Kaiel, Willi Dorner, Dylan Newcomb, Superamas and Ivana Müller.
She is assisting theatre projects and leading workshops inspired by different energy-psychology methods. While dealing with groups, she is interested in the concept of Game Theory in order to propose different models of conflict and cooperation in which participants, as intelligent rational decision-makers, could develop individual strategies to move as a group without leadership.
Her work focuses on inviting the viewer to investigate one’s own narrative participation into the image making process and has been presented in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Turkey. She is working as a performer with Clément Layes (The Eternal Return), Marc Vanrunxt (White on White), collaborating with Felix Mathias Ott on “M.A.R.S.” and currently working on her new project “In March” produced by the Platform 0090 and supported by Pianofabriek Kunstenwerkplaats.