Video: Reeled In

Date: 17 April
Time: 7 – 9 PM
With: Katja Heitmann
Location: De Brandweer

How can we preserve movements that are in danger of extinction?
A choreography for the collarbone, a dance of belly button, belly fat and rib cage, the anatomy of a sigh. In September 2019, the German choreographer Katja Heitmann (1987) opens Museum Motus Mori with her dancers: a museum for the endangered movements. For six weeks, five hours a day, ten dancers take up the challenge of preserving dying movements. Every day they translate these into their bodies through choreographic sculptures. They zoom in on human motor skills and unravel them into anatomical patterns, structures, seemingly perpetual loops.

In this training session they take us into the process of creating this continuous moving exhibition.


Katja Heitmann

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, in which researches and preserves movements which 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 session (Skins, October 2018). For an impression, click here. In 2016, Katja was awarded the Prize of the Dutch Dance Festival for outstanding choreographic talent.

  • Credits: Jan van Eijndhoven

Below an impression of the last Training the Senses evening:

Photos: Rob van Hoorn

What is Training the Senses?

Knowledge is not only acquired visually at schools through language and text books. Learning involves all of our senses: we learn by listening, tasting, smelling, touching – and even by using our intuition. Through Training the Senses participants explore and discover a new vocabulary for all their senses and a new way to transmit experience and acquire knowledge.
Training the Senses is a ongoing series by Marres, that avoids any division between the speakers, performance and the audience. Everyone is welcome to join.