The Reading Station

LIVE ON ZOOM Saturday 17 October 20204.00 p.m CET / 7.00 a.m PST/6.00 p.m GETduration: 2,5 hours Agnès Benoit from „books on the move” and Peter Pleyer invite you to a reading and listening room. In the first part they will present and read from books that are meaningful to them, from the past and… Read More »

Sci Fi Anatomy

LIVE ON ZOOMSaturday 17 October 20202.00 p.m CET/ 5.00 a.m PST / 4.00 p.m GET This workshop focuses on creating a dialogue between the matter of the body and the sea of our thoughts and imagination. Through mouvement,sounds and words. Working with casual epicness, craftsmanship of the body and magic. A guided somatic trip where… Read More »

Letter from Quarto

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1441"][/sonaar_audioplayer] We are in a place of uncertainty. In between or before or after. Not now. Now, more than never. Living the lack of life before the pandemic, absence of meetings with inspiring people, that we hug with our chest. Those that make our world, and with their absence life becomes lonely, desert like… Read More »

Letter from Zsolt

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1662"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Hello dear friends in Grand re Union! A few months have passed since our first meeting in June. I hope this letter finds you in good health both physically and mentally. Unfortunately it was not possible to meet in person in lovely Poznan and even though it was great and quite exciting to… Read More »

Letter from Yuliya

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1443"][/sonaar_audioplayer] PastI am sitting in my apartment in Warsaw and reading the news. The court sentenced to 10 days of arrest the sound engineers who played "Khochu Peremen!"* ("Changes!") by Viktor Tsoi in Kievsky Park and interrupted the pro-Lukashenko concert with this song. It has already become an anthem for change and resistance in… Read More »

Letter from Shira

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1442"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Hello dear, This is a letter from me, Shira, from my home in Jaffa, as I am sitting in front of my computer, in my body. How do you start to describe what has been happening, here, in my thoughts, in my heart, and in Israel/Palestine? I would like to initially share that… Read More »

Letter from Salome

Dear Grand re UnionersI am Salome Sordia, independent curator and cultural project manager based in Tbilisi, Georgia. I have more than 10-years-experience, in both visual and performing arts, so basically this is the field I’m so passionate about. However, suddenly I woke up in the reality, where the human existence was totally uncertain and that… Read More »

Letter from Neemias

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1439"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Selfie in quarantine We miss palpable digression.The time of expectations,the flow of afections, sound,saliva, the skin and the smell. Nothing is more permanent than the impermanence of things. At this rate, I am more used to the speed in which the things have changed. I needed to tackle this reality and created spaces… Read More »

Letter from Mariana

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1438"][/sonaar_audioplayer] September 2020 Dear; While fixing one of my face masks (literal translation in colombianism tapabocas: mouth-coverer), I think… it rains again.(...)Well, as I was saying. while fixing one of my tapabocas, I think, with a bit of rage, how ridiculous! I think about having a transparent one, one that could be un-use(full). Better… Read More »

Letter from Katja

Minsk, Belarus Wednesday morning, I’ve been falling asleep accompanied by the explosions of noise bombs for three days, there is a constant hum in my ears, there is still no Internet. I am preparing a white dress for me and my friend, fortunately there are fresh flowers at home. It's not far from my house… Read More »

Letter from Inna

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1434"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Belarus. Summer 2020It feels like an eternity… Nobody could have imagined that we would face an even more difficult challenge after the coronavirus. A summer of incredible discoveries, queues, pain, fear, tears, constant inner choices and titanic work to achieve acceptance. This summer, the following words are often heard in our vocabulary: violenceprovocationfalsificationavtozak… Read More »

Letter from Filip

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1417"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Dear friend,Let me start with a memory. I remember writing articles about modern patriotism in high school. I argued with my colleagues that there was a certain attachment to the nation and even a patriotic duty. I defended the idea of attachment to the nation, its culture and traditions. With sadness, and even… Read More »

Letter from Dragana

“Perhaps the true society would become BORED WITH DEVELOPMENT,and would out of freedom leave possibilities UNUSED,instead of storming alien stars under a confused compulsion”Theodor W Adorno “Sur l’eau”, in “Minima Moralia” Dear Anna,It is your birthday today. I don’t know which one, but this in your case really doesn’t matter – you are timeless. Stay… Read More »

Letter from Anderson

Message from Dandara https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orRZtGJCctk [sonaar_audioplayer albums="1416"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Camaçari, State of Bahia, Brasil My name is Anderson Santana Dantasand in this moment I am a piece of myself in anyone I have ever ‘touched’.I am a body, isolated from others, some sort of a scientific experiment over myself. Going to a shop nowadays it’s some sort of… Read More »

Agency of Silence

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1415"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Two choreographers for whom the voice is a crucial medium contemplate silence, its physicality and its political agency. Dialoguing on and deeply listening to the current troubled times, they are examining silence as a physical practice, meticulously weaving polyphonic sensorial compositions of voices and thoughts of generations of artists, thinkers and activists. Questioning… Read More »

Rainbow Letters from Warsaw

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1737"][/sonaar_audioplayer] * Choreo-graphics created in texts are based on one simple principle and limitation: they are created only with the characters and symbols available on the keyboard and in Word (offline mode). 14 June 2020 This is://////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// rain. And this is:  _/  \bow. These are:  _|   |      letters This is Erich: from… Read More »

The Art of Listening

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="1414"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Easy or not so much? Listening seems dead simple, doesn't it? But is it really? Check with some short exercises. Spend one minute experiencing it. I will set our timer. Don't do anything during this time, just listen to the sounds of the world you are in. Your only task is to listen.… Read More »

Chi

https://youtu.be/gOSAvgxurgQ This Chi tutorial is a short introduction to series of movement/breath exercises that articulate the spine, work the muscles, touch all the meridians and will raise your physical energy and your consciousness building strength and vitality. camera/edit: Tori Lawrence (camera/edit) Read More »

Taking emotions seriously

https://www.youtube.com/embed/DOczXaVyBpk Enemies of democracy have always manipulated feelings. Yet what we need today is a passionate defense of liberal democracy and the liberal order. We also need to embrace the feeling of loss and translate it into something positive and enriching, into a feeling about political community: empathy.  Read More »

In-spiration Ex-piration Co-spiration

Audio Recording [sonaar_audioplayer albums="1748"][/sonaar_audioplayer] We cannot help but breathing. And still respiration is a movement, a rhythm and a nourishment, that changes with the stories we decide to tell about it.  Inspiration, Expiration, Co-spiration is a somatic lecture, an online class and a choral experience of practicing gas exchange together. Body Industrial Palace by Fritz… Read More »

Wake Up

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="895"][/sonaar_audioplayer] What is present for you in your thoughts, feelings, sensations? What is the question you are asking yourself these days? Write it down on a piece of paper and browse through a stock of magazines, newspapers, old books, flyers, teabags tags, random slips of papers, chocolate silverware that you already have. Notice what… Read More »

Upwording

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="782"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Transcript Hello, Good afternoon, morning, evening – wherever you are in the world right now, listening, I  feel excited to be sharing with you my very first Audio Recording of Upwording, created for the launch of the online platform  of the international, intergenerational conference the Grand Re Union.   My name is Rivca… Read More »

Moving the Mirror

https://youtu.be/hzDRXsr-Wvk Moving the Mirror is an ongoing improvisational performance project initiated by Peter Pleyer in 2016. It brings together dance artists from Warsaw and Berlin and it was performed in Warsaw, Wrocław, Poznań and Berlin. This video – as an alternative to a real meeting – was commissioned especially for The Kick Off Issue of… Read More »

Embracing Complexity

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="791"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Embracing Complexity introduces the concept of Radical Sociability; a strategy for enacting an intersectional affinity based politics. It is recommended to download the audio file and take a walk with it someplace where you will have little distraction, and hopefully some greenery.  This piece draws on my research and includes many references from contemporary writers. For… Read More »

A New Kind of Wildness

https://youtu.be/QYK-HrT_Jzg Jack Halberstam, Professor of Gender Studies and English at Columbia University, offered this lecture on The Rite of Spring by Nijinsky and Stravinsky at CounterPulse in June of 2020. Halberstam explores issues at the intersection of queer theory and wildness/modernity. This lecture is related to a chapter in Halberstam’s latest book, forthcoming in October 2020… Read More »

Kick Off

https://youtu.be/x6-Zy0Cf8EM Dana Caspersen, Alice Sheppard, Bush Hartshorn, Márta Ladjánszki, Marta Keil, Andrew Morrish, Joanna Leśnierowska, Neemias Santana, Nina Martin, Rivca Rubin, Roshana Rubin Meyhew, Iwona Olszowska, Magdalena Przybysz, Mădălina Dan, Agata Siniarska, Romain Bigé, Marine Bikard, Natalia Gorzelańczyk, Michiel Keuper, Ka Rustler, Julia Asperska, Ania Nowak, Hasmik Tangyan, Konrad Kurowski, Marta Harasimowicz, Paweł Sakowicz, Filip… Read More »