Andrea Haenggi has a research-based creative practice she calls Ethnochoreobotanography that employs her roles as an Transdisciplinary Artist, Choreographer, Dancer, Embodied Scientist, Somatic Movement Educator, Certified Movement Analyst and an EPA agent. Her sensual-bodily-tough works confront audiences with a world beyond humans.
My choreographic practice reveals sensorial, bodily and affective experiences, questions and thoughts are developed through the engagement with the spontaneous urban plants, which are often called weeds. The choreographic practice shoots out to explore themes of co-evolution, immigration, cultivation, feminism, vegetal philosophies, decolonizing nature and sexuality. The radicle goes into the cracks, looking at value, maintaining, healing, labor and care.
As an Embodied Scientist I use my skills as a Somatic Movement Practitioner, Improviser, Dancer 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, treepits and highway medians are 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, and to highlight under recognized histories and stories.
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 and movements are thought.