The RAPP 2015 Experiments

This time around, we received a stunning 52 applications from about 20 different countries for RAPP 2015. We are very grateful for all your fascinating, original and crazy ideas, and we sincerely wish that we could have selected more than 3 experiments.

But we are very happy to present the RAPP 2015 experiments that we find both intriguing, touching and highly qualified. All 3 of them include a form of audience involvement – so we’ll be needing YOU this year to participate in the experiments, as test audience or in a workshop concept. Follow our facebook page for more info about participation.

RAPP Experiments at Godsbanen, Aarhus, March 12-19, 2015.
RAPP Conference at Svalegangen, Aarhus, March 20, 2015.
RAPP student workshop at Godsbanen, Aarhus, March 21, 2015.


‘Contact Improvisation as Self-Observation’ by Ana Jordão & Xiri Tara Noir             An exploration of how contact improvisation mirrors the way we relate to each other, and what bodies communicate.

“It has always been very obvious for me that the ‘form’ of contact improvisation enables a very honest and spontaneous expression of people’s personal and relational tendencies and desires.
We want to gather information about how contact improvisation naturally mirrors our personalities, and we aim to further this awareness into discovering how much of this is influenced by social and political factors. In a sense, one can imagine a contact jam as a microcosmos of social life; where we meet, share a moment of togetherness, search for understanding, and then leave again.

This observation first occurred to me as I was teaching in the Palestinian Circus School. There it was obvious that the condition in which Palestinian people live was written in their bodies, and that the religious, political and social conflicts were reflected in the way they engage in physical contact. This was what originally made me want to use the tool of contact improvisation and body work, in order to explore the consciousness of the body, develop trust, explore intention and impulses, develop non-verbal communication and a supporting and uplifting dialogue through movement.”

Ana Jordão (PT/DE) is an multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of contemporary circus and dance. After completing a BA in Media and Cultural Studies (Edinburgh) and a degree in Circus Arts (Berlin), Ana is currently working on her first solo piece as well as conducting independent research regarding the connection between mind, body and social environment through improvisation practices.

Xiri Tara Noir (DK/ES) is an independent activist, performance artist and choreographer with a background in visual arts and dance. The main interest and artistic concern in her work is to break the limits between academic research and creative investigations and practice. Her intention is to encourage the present audience to actively participate and thus explore the boundaries and hierarchies between performer and audience, and in that way propose an artistic platform for dialogue and exchange.

Xiri and Ana met in an arts residency in Brussels, and later worked collaboratively in the Barcelona International Dance Exchange. The aim of repeating the contact improvisation experiment in conflict zones such as Palestine brought them together, and was the first driving force behind the creation of this research project.