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A choreography for the collarbone, a dance of bellybutton, stomach fat and ribcage, the anatomy of a sigh. German choreographer Katja Heitmann (1987) and her dancers will create a physical exhibition for Marres. Museum Motus Mori; a museum for movements that are facing extinction. Heitmann is fascinated by efficiency reasoning. Technological progress allows humans to thoroughly ‘optimize’ their living environments. Will mankind end up optimizing itself? Will movements that are useless or inefficient in our control society slowly but surely fade away? Can we store those human movements? For six weeks, five hours a day, ten dancers will take on the challenge of preserving movements that risk becoming extinct. Each day they will zoom in on human motorics and dissect it into anatomical patterns, structures, seemingly everlasting loops. They keep on moving, they keep on searching, each day anew. Visitors are invited to follow the dancers over the course of these six weeks in an exhibition that is continuously moving forward.
The project Motus Mori is a collaborative project withSTRP Art & Technology Festival, Tanzhaus NRW and DansBrabant.

Katja Heitmann (1987, Hamburg/Germany) explores the intersections of dance, visual arts, performance and installation. With her team Katja creates performance-installations and theatrical exhibitions exploring the ambiguous question ‘Who (or what) moves who.’ In 2018, Heitmann started the new project RealReality, which researches and preserves movements that are in danger of extinction. RealReality is a long term project (2018-2020) that consists of ongoing research with several presentation formats, including a choreographical TED-talk, mobile movement laboratories, field researches with diverse groups of people, large movement exhibitions, and city-rituals. In autumn 2019, Katja and her team will create their first large-scale Movement Museum at Marres, exposing the growing collection of endangered human movements. She gave a hint of what this will become in an extraordinary session of the Marres series Training the Senses (Skins, October 2018). For an impression, click here. In 2016, Katja was awarded the Prize of the Dutch Dance Festival for outstanding choreographic talent.

The project (Museum Motus Mori) is made possible through financial support of Fonds 21.