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TERRANOVA | body maps


mycelium, plural mycelia

the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae

that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus

and is often submerged in another body

as of soil or organic matter

or the tissues of a host

The internet connects more than half of the world's population through an invisible network of servers, computers and devices. But humans are not the only organisms on the planet connected by an invisible network. While plants seem like isolated, solitary individuals, their special relationships with mycelia enable them to communicate with each other, sometimes over considerable distances. Nearly all plant species have a mutually beneficial relationship with these mycelia, which are the usually hidden under soil parts of what science calls "real" fungi, and which form a network of small, branching tubes and thus connect with each other.

Fascinated by non-verbal communication in general, the choreographer Diego Tortelli explores in his new creation “TERRANOVA I body maps” together with his dramaturg Miria Wurm this type of organic interaction, considering mycelia as a vital interface that connects all different kinds of life and also has the power to change our environment but also our inner body system.


He deliberately places the dancers' bodies directly in this natural environment during the development of the piece in order to then contrast the final product, the choreography, with the industrially created stage space. The space that people today usually refer to as their natural environment. The stage space chosen to surround the dancers emphasizes proportionately more the antibiosis or symbiosis with it at that moment.

Artistic direction & choreography: Diego Tortelli

Concept & dramaturgy: Miria Wurm

Dance: Hélias Tur-Dorvault & Sandra Salietti Aguilera (Premiere version:  Minouche van de Ven & Benoit Couchot)

Music: Ran Slavin with Interior/Nova Huta, Foreigner/Snow Tracks, Klezmer Pimp/Etch, Light Movement/ Nova Huta

Lighting design & operator: Rainer Ludwig

Sound design: Federico Bigonzetti

Costume tailoring: Nuvia Valestri

Costume adjustments: CHRISTEL und SINN

Production management: Miria Wurm

Sound: Dennis Schmidt

Press & public relations: Simone Lutz

Videography: Valeria Civardi

Graphic design: Alessandro Tortelli


A production of Diego Tortelli & Miria Wurm GbR


Funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program 

NEUSTART KULTUR Germany. And by the Cultural Foundation of Stadtsparkasse München.


Co-produced and supported by Orsolina28 – Art Foundation.


With the kind support of Tanztendenz München e.V. and HochX Theater.

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