Renegotiating "US" - Performances with Other Species-> Plants -> What is becoming with them in the age of eco—social-crises? What if we stay with the trouble to create research based dance eco-art practice? 5 years ago the spontaneous urban plants, the unwanted plants that are often called "weeds" invited me to listen to them. They are my teachers, mentors, performers and collaborators._ andrea haenggi
bladderwrack (to be with the shore is all we ask) is an embodied, research-based, and participatory platform created in collaboration with the indigenous seaweed bladderwrack and web developer Dan Phiffer. It is hosted both in NYU’s Bobst Library as part of the exhibition “This Is Not A Drill” until December 4th, 2023. The project is an urgent call to (re-)connect with the ebb and flow of our shoreline and the more-than-human beings that live there.
waxing gibbous bladderwrack study by andrea haenggi + bladderwrack, Movement Research at Judson Church, Nov 15, 2021; In collaboration with bladderwrack, seaweed foraged this morning at Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Lenapehoking/Brooklyn, our body fluids and muscular actions will seek each other in gravitational attraction and tidal energy. The first stage of a continuing inquiry into the cool, flat, slippery, SEA–quence of bladderwrack’s long-lost ancestral being as our fierce tender guide in search of unconditional coastal co-existence. with and by: bladderwrack, Dot Armstrong, Katherine De La Cruz, andrea haenggi, Tanya Marquardt, Maho Ogawa, Annie Wang
June 21, 2021 to be with the shore is all we ask . Performance by seaweed bladderwrack, andrea haenggi, Emily Johnson and Tanya Marquardt at Marsha P. Johnson State Park, New York City
Teaching the Urban Weeds Alphabet, 2019, Lenaphoking, Mannhatta, NYC
artist fieldwork studio range from an abandonment allotment garden in Zurich, Switzerland to ruderal urban lot in New York City to the streets of urban cities. Her public performative fieldwork finds its way into the indoor studio, theatrical and gallery spaces.
andrea haenggi is an interdisciplinary artist, dancer, choreographer, improviser, embodied scientist and EPA agent. In recent years, Haenggi has been pursuing a new type of theater, ethnochoreobotanography, which explores plant-human relations to look into the cracks of urban ecology, feminism, body politics, oppression, migration, labor and care. Her sensual – bodily- tough works confront audience with a world beyond humans.
As an Embodied Scientist I use my skills as a Certified Somatic Dance Practitioner, Improviser, Visual Artist and Certified Movement Analyst to explore Urban Ecologies in Transition. The plant-body encounters with spontaneous urban plants in spaces like “vacant lots’, sidewalk cracks, on the margins in Botanical Gardens, treepits and highway medians are observed, dance and documented through movement language and visual documentation. They are shared with other humans and more-than- humans as part of the process and allows for to experience and understand shifting ecologies, to find new value systems and tackle climate crisis through a feminist perspective.
I dance the conscious <> unconscious in the desire of Becoming- with. I listen to the voices and languages of other ways of knowing. I insist that human and more-than-human beings have the rights to have a place, to be opportunist and to act with no fear. This totality is what I call resilience. I insist that dance, movement, gestures and utterance are thought.