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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Together Forever / february 2014



All photos: Michiel Keuper. Click photos for slide show.

Stage design for 'Together Forever', a performance by Jeremy Wade. From and with Liz Rosenfeld, Igor Koruga, Jared Gradinger, Jeremy Wade and Michiel Keuper. 
Premiered 28 february at Hebbel am Ufer / HAU 3, Berlin.

From the program: "Together forever is the promise of eternal love that we’ve heard a thousand times in kitschy pop songs. Yet in this title, it hints at the extent to which people truly rely on each other. In his new piece, dancer and choreographer Jeremy Wade and four further performers experiment with caring situations and forms of tender complicity, while probing the social and political implications of community, love and affection. 
 
What can we only do together – what can’t we do alone? What does being there for someone mean? And what might forms of togetherness look like in the future? 
After Jeremy Wade’s shows “Fountain” and “To The Mountain” at the HAU, which was centred on rituals alchemy and transformation of group dynamics, he returns with his new production, “Together forever”. This collaboration with dancers and choreographers Igor Koruga and Jared Gradinger, the performance artist and film-maker Liz Rosenfeld and the visual artist Michiel Keuper takes the hackneyed but ever-hopeful promise of eternal love back to its origins. 
  
But the focus of the show is not on relationships between couples: instead, it is an attempt to explore gentle forms of closeness beyond coupledom. (...) Real and imagined stories of togetherness and visions of intimate communities are narrated, explored and ritually considered here – concretely as a tangible creation of the here-and-now of the performance, but also as a model that has political and social implications: Do we – or don’t we – want to live in a world in which our fundamental needs are regarded not just as individual and personal but also as a social issue?" 




Together Forever - Maypole


Together Forever - weaving the maypole


Together Forever - queering the maypole






Together Forever - after dinner cosy space


"We need to find an end to this experience, and we want to do this with you. We want 3 proposals, or ideas, or desires, how to end this piece..."

Audience proposal: singing to plants

Audience proposal: clear out the space and
make a center stage sculpture with the set.




















All photos © Michiel Keuper 2014





Monday, February 03, 2014

Gouache on Paper / november 2013

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm


Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm

Michiel Keuper - Untitled, 2013, gouache on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm








Sunday, February 02, 2014

Divine Love Electric / january 2014



All photos: Michiel Keuper. Click photo for slideshow.

Art Direction and Design for 'DIVINE LOVE ELECTRIC' by Hana Lee Erdman in collaboration with Allison Lorenzen. Premiered 8 january 2014 at Tanztage in Sophiensaele Berlin.

From the program: "DIVINE LOVE ELECTRIC (DLE) is a New Spiritual Movement seeking to inspire universal inspiration and love and happiness. Founded in 2013 to encompass a way of life, DLE integrates devotional practices, ritual, spiritual and corporal teachings to inspire others to experience the fullness of their potential and truest selves. Endowed with an entourage of devotees, the Movement has attracted followers and contributors, including acclaimed designer Michiel Keuper, who, employing sacred mathematics, transformed The Kantine into a temporary Ashram. This week the co-founders perform an original soundtrack of luminous dream pop while directing internalized spiritual journeys and ritual communal actions."

Concept, Direction, Performance - Hana Lee Erdman, Allison Lorenzen / Design, Art Direction - Michiel Keuper / Dramaturgy - Ruairí Donovan / Temple Drummer, Spiritual Brother - Laurent Lavolé / Devotees - Louise Trueheart, Agnė Auželytė


Divine Love Electric - temporary Ashram overview with floor mandala and origami mobile

Divine Love Electric - temporary Ashram overview
with in the foreground a multi coloured rug based on the Fibonacci principle

Divine Love Electric co-founders Hana Lee Erdman (left) and Allison Lorenzen

 Transitional floor mandala

Audience gathering during the first part of the performance

Group ritual based on the 9 DLE Embraces

Group ritual based on the 9 DLE Embraces

Floor mandala after transition

Audience listening and relaxing under the origami mobile

Divine Love Electric - temporary Ashram overview

Origami module floating in space

Divine Love Electric - temporary Ashram in work light

Colour study for Fibonacci rug