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 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
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 gestures, movements, dance are thought.