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Part 2 of the “Faking It” Trilogy

Our project begins with an innocent question: How can growth be represented through dance? As we learned in an earlier, animal-based piece (“Doggy Style”), many fascinating strategies of imitation, transposition and abstraction are possible. In this case, we will be focusing on the living beings in the forest, whose stages of development we will attempt to translate into dance movement. We will also take inspiration from the many human cultures, past and present, who have used forests to stage their rites of initiation and maturity.

In a more general sense, we are interested in the imitation of nature. “Faking it” is actually one of our favorite artistic occupations. “Grow for Me” will involve all sorts of fakery, with the use of props, costumes, and especially movement language. We intend to create an ironic-bucolic mood, a melancholic-joyful celebration of hybridity, artificial nature and natural art. Imitations of nature can often be deeply touching. We wonder, though — to what extent do such imitations celebrate a gradually dwindling natural world, and to what extent do they themselves contribute to its disappearance?

“Grow For Me” is the second part of the “Faking It” trilogy, which has been supported by a multi-year production grant from the City of Bern for the years 2022-2024.

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CHOREOGRAPHY

Joshua Monten

DANCE

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DRAMATURGY

Guy Cools

PRODUCED BY

Verein Tough Love

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE FINANCIAL SUPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS

Kultur Stadt Bern

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

August 2023 — Dahlhölzliwald, Bern (CH) — premiere of outdoor version
September 2023 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH) — premiere of indoor version
3 November 2023 — Theater Hameln (D)

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