Emotional Training for Worldwide Bodies
FEET IN MEXICO, EARS IN TAIWAN – AN OVEREXTENSION
To be an enlightened citizen of the world. To rely on one’s observations, to describe and understand the world in one’s own words. How does that work in times when everyone is supposedly in touch with everyone? Demonstrations or a somersault make other demands on my body than clicking on online petitions on the internet. But how does my body change if I can wrap my feelings around the world? What does it mean to have an opinion? What does it mean to love? In Emotional Training for Worldwide Bodies, views on democracy, on guilt and responsibility, on eternal love and the personal character of cities are synchronized with physical relations. When does one’s own migration history end in pure feeling, in excitation or in the highest notes? How does one fly an airplane? A danced duet. Salto mortale. The beloved appears. I was going to think about Gibraltar. Fermata. Is total intimacy a prerequisite for global thinking?
Martin Clausen, Beatrice Fleischlin
Michael Emanuel Bauer, Georg Karger
Set, tecnical director
Artistic collaboration movement
ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro
Coproduktion HAU Berlin, Kaserne Basel, Alte Liebe Bremen, Schlachthaus Theater Bern 2010/2011
further shows at
FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich
With the kind support of:
Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin, Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Migros Kulturprozent, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art, Pro Helvetia, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Georges und Jenny Bloch Stiftung und Nationales Performance Netz
photos from the show
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“Somebody once told me that he knew about events all over the world. And that they changed his body. His ears were listening to Mexico, his brain thinking about Australia, his fingers were exploring Moscow, his feet were walking streets in Tanzania, his heart was feeling for Pakistan. Thus, his feelings were being pulled around the world. And he doesn’t know how to deal with this. He feels overextended. Then he ordered a book with the title Salto mortale as a Concept for Overcoming the Contradiction between Faith and Speculation in the Intellectual Assessment of Reason. So. Therefore I decided to pursue this emotional training on a concrete basis. I am developing a training program that should enable me to love the entire world.”
“It has been established that teenagers today cuddle a lot more than even ten years ago. The need to cuddle increases constantly. This is not about sex, but about active physical proximity, which is needed as training for increasing worldwide cuddling of everybody with everyone.
Given this total cuddling obsession, however, you also have to understand if somebody resists. When somebody says, he doesn’t want to cuddle, and takes a gun and shoots his acquaintances.”
"In my opinion, physical contact is an elementary technique. Any contact between human beings is derived from physical contact and has its origins in physical contact. People who fail to learn how to have physical contact in an appropriate manner will never be able to live “in an appropriate manner”. Sex offenders, homicidal maniacs, murderers – often these are attempts, compensations, expressions of an extreme longing for physical contact, expressions of an extreme needfulness, expression of an addiction – but an appropriate addiction, an addiction that is inscribed in us – an expression of our existence. My hope is that physical contact can be extended infinitely, meaning that everyone can be in physical touch with anyone. It will be fascinating to see what happens then!"