Motus Mori

Museum of the endangered movement

© Hanneke Wetzer

Choreographer Katja Heitmann is concerned that movement is in danger of extinction. Especially movements that are not efficient and do not serve a direct cause. For example unconscious movements of everyday life; like the act of sitting or taking a walk. Or the movement of aging. Or maybe even the human sigh…
But aren’t those the movements that define us as human?

Katja wants to create a place where we can analyse these endangered human motorics, preserve them in a physical living archive and expose these choreographical sculptures to the audience.

In 2019 and 2020 Katja and her team are working together with arts-festivals and museums, creating a series of choreographic sculptures. In gallery’s, museums, churches, theatres she exposes these durational (5 hour) performances in-situ. In so-called ‘zoom-in’ sessions Katja explains her way of working and adds context. The result are impressive multi-day – multi hour performance-expositions of humanity.

Next up:
Motus Mori Düsseldorf – tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf (DE) 
February 29th, March 1st  Introduction; performance lecture
March 2nd – March 6th Introduction; meeting the city
March 30th – April 15th  Movement Interviews; building the archive
April 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th  Physical Archive; presenting the movement heritage of Düsseldorf

choreography & concept: Katja Heitmann
music & production: Sander van der Schaaf
performance; Wies Berkhout, Merle Schiebergen, Manou Koreman, Rebecca Collins, Eleni Ploumi, Anna Zurkirchen
artistic advice: Moene Roovers, Christina Flick, Ingrid de Rond
video & photography; Hanneke Wetzer
co-production: DansBrabant, STRP Eindhoven, Marres house for contemporary culture
partners: tanzhausNRW Dusseldorf (DE)
supported by: Gemeente Tilburg, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Dutch Performing Arts fun
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Museum Motus Mori took place from
September 13 – October 27 2019
Marres, house for contemporary culture
Maastricht (NL)
Museum Motus Mori is also part of the Dutch Dance Days festival programme