The Weight of Words
Kateřina Dietzová, Kristien Sonnevijlle, Reneé van Marissing, Manuela Lucia Tessi, Johanna Gilje, Sarah Hermanutz.
Curator: Manuela Lucia Tessi
16 till 17 Jul 2016
Opening: Saturday 16 Jul 2016 — 17:00 till 19:00 hrs

At the meeting point of written text and the moving body The Weight of Words (TWOW) comes into existence. Before the eyes of the beholder a unique work of art arises. This performance installation brings together a broad spectrum of cultural disciplines.

It is a collaborative project between six artistic professionals. The writer sits to the side of the audience composing text as the dancer creates movement in the space. The visual artist receives text from the writer and arranges it visually before projecting it onto the white walls. As the words are projected the dancer responds to them as a part of her instant movement composition.

Through their collaboration the six artistic professionals create a feedback loop between text and body. The materiality of each is emphasized in a pioneering way. This promises to be an unforgettable experience, on which TWOW would love to treat the visitor.

The opening performance installation is on Saturday the 16th of July from 17:00 till 19:00 o'clock. On  Sunday the 17th of July there is an installation performance from 16:00 till 18:00 o'clock. From the 12th to the 15th of July it's possible to  see the work in progress during rehearsals. An appointment can be made by sending an email to Manuala Lucia Tessi . 

The Weight of Words is a production of Stichting Knopen.


Manuela Lucia Tessi (IT, NL) Amsterdam based dancer, worked with choreographers Katie Duck, Vincent Cacialano, Makiko Ito, Paul Estabrook, Miri Lee, a.o. and develops and performs her own work

Renée van Marissing (NL) is a writer of novels , theater and radio play texts, and director as well as vocal performer.

Sarah Hermanutz (CA, DE) is a new media artist and designer based in Berlin. Her interdisciplinary projects combine theatrical performance, sculptural installation, textiles and interactive technologies to explore the unstable cultural mythologies and theoretical/scientific frameworks used to rationalize the impacts of one's (inter)actions on others.

Johanna Gilje (USA, DE) is an artist and theorist bridging video, installation and performance with text and interview based research. Currently based in Berlin, she continues to pursue solo and collaborative work surrounding themes of body, process and archive in performance.

Kristien Sonnevijlle (NL) is a dancer/vocalist working mainly as instant composer on projects with musicians and site specific work. Her background is in physical theater, mask work, contact improvisation and Subbody Butoh

Kateřina Dietzová (CZ, NL) dancer and performer. She works with choreographers Giulia Mureddu, Tabea Martin, Sumako Koseki, company Envoi. She is recently focusing on her own creations and on projects involving improvisation.