I. Residencia NAVE
«Jumping» is a dance research project about dance forms that emerged from Hardcore Techno. At the artist in residence program at NAVE in Santiago de Chile, Gloria Höckner together with Marc Carrera and Teresa Hoffman was able to research on dance forms like Melbourne Shuffle, Jumpstyle or Cutting Shapes. These dances are not anymore improvised to music in a club but have established their own vocabulary. Since the launch of YouTube, they also spread and developed online. «Jumping» deals with the nowadays virtual transforming body and how it re-materializes in the here and now – in clubs and public spaces where these dance forms are practiced. Santiago de Chile has a lively Shuffle and Jumpstyle scene that Gloria invited for a laboratory, where they shared movements and danced together.
La investigación sobre la residencia realizada en NAVE “JUMPING” continuó, transformándose en las subsiguientes piezas: “Hard Cores in Soft Shells” (2018) y “Futurecore 2000- All Beats are Beautiful” (2019), siguiendo con la exploración sobre las temáticas del techno y las perspectivas queer feministas.
Respuesta de la artista en idioma original: «Here are some traces from what has developed out of the residency / research I did at NAVE».
Posvida 01: Extracto proceso NAVE para Hauptsache Frei Festival (2018)
I showed this video from my process at Nave at the „Hauptsache Frei Festival“ 2018 in Hamburg.
Posvida 02: Hard Cores in Soft Shells
Furthermore the piece «Hard Cores in Soft Shells“ was developed out of the research I did at Nave in the context of K3 residency Limited Edition at Kampnagel Hamburg.
Hard Cores in Soft Shells
K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg
Choreographie/Konzept: Gloria Höckner
Performance: Marc Carrera, Teresa Hoffmann, Gloria Höckner
Mentoring: Antje Pfundtner
«Hard Cores in Soft Shells» choreographically explores dance forms, that emerged from hardcore techno. Starting point of the piece was the youth cultural movement «Krocha», that existed between 2007 and 2009 in Vienna. Apart form their individual style and way of talking, they defined themselves through their own dancing style. Krochen is related to other hardstyle dances like Melbourne Shuffle, Jumpstyle or Cutting Shapes, but also has visible roots in Charleston. These dances are not anymore improvised to music in a club but have established their own vocabulary. Since the launch of YouTube, they are also spread and developed online. So the dances are performed in front of the camera, mostly by young people, and thus don‘t transform – like it was in the club – in dialogue with the music, but also through their relation towards the picture.
«Hard Cores in Soft Shells» takes up this relation of the movement to the picture and to music. Within the form of the steps but also within the performer‘s bodies which move in the same beat, there are different social contexts inscribed that become visible.
Gloria Höckner draws attention to the relation between the body and the almost never ending repetitive four to the floor beat of a techno club night and to the relation of the movement to the hard beat of the music. The movement embodies the beat and thus itself becomes the beat. The performers establish a compositional space which they are holding together and which becomes their space for interaction. Are the bodies in the beat or are they the beat themselves? What happens if the beat is over?
Posvida 03: Futurecore 2000 – All Beats Are Beautiful
The subject of hardcore techno stuck with me also after this work – In 2019 I made the piece «Futurecore 2000 – All Beats Are Beautiful“
Futurecore 2000 is a choreographic exploration of apocalyptic and utopian visions of the future within techno music cultures. Three performers and a sound artist enter the acoustic worlds of hardcore techno, which in the piece become laboratories for new sensory spaces and posthumanist bodies. The audience wanders through scenarios in which bodies and sound give rise to fictional worlds or announce their end. The piece casts a xenofeminist perspective on the male-dominated genre. Where hard, accelerated sounds meet soft, open bodies, we explore new ways of relating. «The future is under construction» writes feminist theorist Helen Hester. Future is work. Work on imagination.
Concept, Choreography: Gloria Höckner
Dance: Marc Carrera, Gloria Höckner, Su Jin Kim
Music: Zoë McPherson
Dramaturgy: Carolin Jüngst
Stage: Marc Einsiedel, Felix Jung («wearevisual»)
Light: Marek Lamprecht, Björn Salzer
Costume: Gloria Brillowska
Production: Bastian Sistig