Emmilou Rößling

Emmilou Rößling

Course
DAS Choreography
Class
2021

Emmilou Rößling is a dancer and choreographer based in Berlin.

Her work evolves around questions concerning representation and perception, searching for a performance mode beyond the spectacular, striving towards different forms of camouflage. The formation of identity and visibility functions as context for her research into processes of determination and camouflage.

Recent pieces include FLUFF (2019) Water Cooler Chat (WT) (2018), CASCADE (2017), Zegnaj Olimpio (2017) and Talk.Talk (2015) presented in different venues such as Uferstudios Berlin, Mousonturm FFM, Sophiensaele Berlin, Beurschouwburg Brussels, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Arsenic Lausanne and Palais de la Porte Dorée Paris.

Emmilou works in different constellations with Antonia Baehr, Valérie Castan, Ivana Müller, Lilach Livne, Rta Juneviit, Mette Edvardsen, Tom Engels, Xavier Le Roy and others. In 2017 she was recipient of the DanceWeb scholarship and started PAP Berlin’s three year Mentoring Program with Alice Chauchat. She studied dance and performance in London and Choreography in Gießen and Amsterdam.

At DAS Choreography Emmilou will continue research into choreography as camouflage, and consider it within the connections between dance and textile arts. What can we learn from textiles in terms of craft, technique, structure and composition and how can this knowledge be transferred to the dancing body? 

A weave, for example, follows a regular pattern and is precisely delimited, while felt is a supple, solid product, which means no cutting of threads, no braiding, just tangling of fibres joined by walking. If a weave relates to a a classically set composition of phrases (i.e. ABC, CBA, BAC) then how would a felted composition come into place, where each phrase would be contingent to the next.

Her research begins at the periphery of a discourse of identity, femininity and society and questions visibility in both the literal and metaphorical sense. It dives into different fabrics, materials, dances, phrases, felts and weaves and the philosophical implications of the single fibres relation to a larger structure, considering both fabric and dance making as a practices of politics and democracy. Within this, camouflage becomes a multidimensional tool to complexify- it is a loophole which offers the possibility to temporarily lose oneself in order to preserve a sense of individuality.

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