"My mother passed away 12 years ago, my father last year… Nothing is left, at least no material stuff, no house, no last will, no goodbye letter. Sometimes I manage to recreate the same hand gesture of my mother. Or the shoulder- head- pupil-chincombination of my father, which he always did when he was having hard times… Sometimes I see an older man walk in the street and in the moment I think it is him… This tired body, which keeps on going, round back, shoulder hanging front, while the head tries to look up...I often wish I would have observed them more carefully. So I would be able to keep their movement-heritage alive." Katja Heitmann
In 2018 Katja Heitmann started with first researches which formed the beginning for Motus Mori.
In 2019 and 2020 Katja and her team started developing methods to collect and preserve the human movement.
In gallery's, museums, churches, theatres they expose these durational (5 hour) performances in-situ. The result are impressive multi-day - multi hour performance-expositions of humanity.
In spring 2019 we worked together with STRP festival (Eindhoven, NL). We were part of the visual art- expo for 10 days in a row. We developed the movement interview
to collect movements from the audience and showing the preservation-process. 5 performers, 10 days, 8 hours a day;
Laboratorium Motus Mori.
In autumn 2019 we collaborated with Museum Marres -house for contemporary culture- (Maastricht, NL) and performed a museum of movement for 6 weeks long with 10 performers, 6 days a week, 5 hours a day; Museum Motus Mori. In spring/ summer 2020 we took a next step together with tanzhaus nrw (DE) and worked in the city on location, in collaboration with the Diakonie Düsseldorf/ Flingern; creating an movement archive for and with the citizien of Düsseldorf and their diverse physicalities; Motus Mori Düsseldorf. In autumn 2020 we have opendc the museum to the public 4 weeks long in Theater De Nieuwe Vorst: Motus Mori Tilburg.
In 2021 Motus Mori will settle down in Den Haag, Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch and Brugge (BE).
In Tilburg we open the Motus Mori-gallery, performances on personal appointment.
choreography & concept: Katja Heitmann
music & production: Sander van der Schaaf
artistic assistence: Moene Roovers
movement coach: Wies Berkhout
artistic advice: Christina Flick, Ingrid de Rond, Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink
video & photography; Hanneke Wetzer
performer-team; Wies Berkhout, Lea Christensen, Rebecca Collins, Eleni Ploumi, Ornella Prieto, Karolien Wauters, Manou Koreman, Julia Drittij (intern)
with thanks to: Merle Schiebergen, Anne Roeper, Leanne Hekkert, Dorothea Mende, Rachel Rijsdijk, Cynthia Verpoorten, Myrthe Marchal, Ines Pona
co-production: tanzhaus nrw (DE), Marres house for contemporary culture (NL), STRP Festival for art and technology (NL), DansBrabant (NL)
partners: SPRING Performing Arts Festival (NL), Theaterfestival Boulevard (NL), December Dance Brugge (BE), CaDance/ Korzo (NL), Theater De Nieuwe Vorst (NL)
supported by: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Provincie Noord Brabant, Gemeente Tilburg, Grensverleggers-De Buren, Bündins Internationaler Produktionshäuser, Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Stichting Dioraphte