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.