What can (not) be seen from here

Simone Gisela Weber


To what extent can a space in danger of perpetual collapse no longer guarantee our usual perception?

The workis an encounter in whichbodies are located in different forms of potentiality as they are entangled in structures of constant demolition. Their slowness, resistance, and precarity are expressions of the attempt as well as the urge to challenge our relation to time and space, which mainly centers human conditions. Inspired by concepts of more-than-human nature, we strive to move towards a more open experience of different temporalities and perceptions. In dialogue with different materialities, an imaginary landscape invites the present bodies to oscillate between theatricality, literality, and abstraction. Their states of presence, co-existence, and entanglement are negotiated in the performance through a sense of “making time.”

How can choreography be thought of as a speculative practice that challenges normative human ways of attending, perceiving and being? 

During my research, I engaged in multiple ways of moving alongside, moving with, and as different materialities. It allowed me to question the predominant mode of perception of the human body in life as well as in performing arts. Absence and presence, intensities and diverse modes of disappearance have become current choreographic and artistic strategies to challenge the prevalent relationship of the human body to its environment.


Artistic Research, Choreography: Simone Gisela Weber | Performance, Movement Research: Laura Boser, Ahmed El Gendy, Leandro Souza | Movement Research during residencies: Vilja Mihalovsky, Isis Andreatta, Juan Felipe Amaya Gonzalez | Sound design: Murrettumeri | Space: Simone Gisela Weber | Dramaturgy: Jenny Mahla | Mentorship: Jee-Ae Lim, Sonja Jokiniemi, Ana Vujanović | Technical Support: Harco Haagsma, Udo Akemann and Jimmy Grima | Collaboration & Acknowledgment: Isis Andreatta, Mario Lopes, Zander Porter, Alina Ruiz Folini, Simone Truong, Ahmed El Gendy, Leandro Souza, Flávia Pinheiro, Forough Fami, Alexa Mardon, Amparo González Sola, Setareh Fatehi, Alice Chauchat, Alejandro Salas Strus, Kimberly Kaviar, Konstantina Georgelou, Jeroen Fabius, Yeng Nacion, velvet leigh, Martin Brans, and Emmy | Thanks to Young Artsupport Amsterdam  (YAA) | Texts inspired by “All the lovers in the night” by Mieko Kawakami and “Was man von hier aus sehen kann” by Mariana Leky amongst others |  Many thanks to Vassiliki Liakopoulou for jumping into the process, for her commitment, helping hands, feedback and dramaturgical eye.