maria mercedes: Ballade
Ballade is an encounter with emotions. Ballade explores how they affect the way bodies form. Ballade collides, turns, sticks, circulates and organizes itself. Ballade curls up into a tear, hidden under a mountain of hair. Ballade is a dance song and a poem with dramatic elements.
Ballade departs from the notion of friendship. A collective endeavour and balancing act of taring and negotiating. Movements emerge from of a base of memories and trust. They unfold in a whirl of lifting each other up, taking along and pushing upside down. Meanwhile a minnesinger sings a song.
One year of shared space and time accumulates in a love letter to companionship and past and future dances. It is a collection of encounters that are put together to form a choreography embracing gaps and imaginative occurrences. It appears, vanishes, and surfaces again, just like lovers do.
The work opens up as a collaborative, fluctuating space where roles can shift and multiple presences are borne.
maria mercedes is a performance group consisting of Julia Maria Müllner and Camilla Mercedes Schielin. As maria mercedes they have been working in HUGGY BEARS studio at Kempelenpark since autumn 2020. In their work they encounter choreographies inspired by pop culture and shift them into bizarre settings. Julia and Camilla are both working with dance and choreography, are friends and colleagues.
Yoh Morishita is a dancer, performer and choreographer based in Vienna. After she received a BA in architecture in Kyoto, Japan — she studied contemporary dance in Linz, Austria and Antwerp, Belgium. As a performer, she has worked with artists Vera Tussing (BE), Michai Gayzen (BE), as well as collaborating on various occasions as a choreographer and dancer in Vienna.
Julia Müllner works with dance and choreography and lives in Vienna. She moves between collaborative projects and process-oriented work. Togehter with Camilla Schielin they form the group maria mercedes. Julia studied dance and choreography at the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen. She received the BKA Start Scholarship (2021), the danceWEB scholarship at Impulstanz (2021), as well as the Training Scholarship at Tanzquartier Wien (2019).
Camilla Schielin is a dancer and performer based in Vienna. She studied contemporary dance and performance both in Austria and Germany and has since worked with, among others, Nick Mauss(US) on a project for the Museum Ludwig in Cologne as well as with Doris Uhlich(AT) in Vienna. With Julia Müllner she is a member of the performance group maria mercedes,. Camilla Schielin was awarded a TQW training scholarship as well as a ImPulsTanz 2021 danceWEB scholarship.
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