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Landing on Feathers

Aleksandra Lemm, Jija Sohn, Julia Reist
22 May, 23 May 2023
90 minutes
Japan, Zuid-Korea, Nederland, Polen, Zwitserland, België
€17,50 / €14,50

Funny and nostalgic story about the notion of care and its crucial role in building connections

How do we care for each other? What does this do to ourselves, and our relationships with others? Jija Sohn, Aleksandra Lemm, and Julia Reist attempt to answer these questions in Landing on Feathers.

In this performance, caregivers and artists share their vision on body-oriented caregiving through dance. Care constitutes relations between individuals in society as a necessary element in building a community. Landing on Feathers is a performance for those who are in need of care, and those who are hired to care. It is a performance where the audience can also experience the first steps in making their approach to care more conscious and attentive, even to strangers.

The performance is based on creative research that started back in 2021. Choreographers and performers Jija Sohn and Aleksandra Lemm and dramaturg Julia Reist sat down with artist Elmer Kouwenberg, whose body has been paralyzed due to a car accident that happened 28 years ago. In Landing on Feathers, the artists share their research in a safe and intimate setting. They do this together with performer Nica Roses. 

The audience witnesses the interaction between their dance training and the physical dimension of their work as Elmer’s caregiving team. Within their caregiving practice, limitations are not simply experienced, but deeply acknowledged as an intrinsic part throughout the process.

It is a performance about awareness and attentiveness. Jija and her associates bring the notion of care from the sphere of market value back into the condition of building a relation between people and constituting a community. The artists invite you to reflect on care, closeness, and our relationship to the other. Jija will discuss the topic of caregiving further in the Topic Talk performing care.

Francien van der Putt from the Theaterkrant on Landing on Feathers: “Landing on Feathers is both humorous and serious: it is a combination of a very personal realism with dramatirgical tecnieuqes and a minimal design, which ensures that the paradoxes of an emancipated self-image related to intimacies and care pop up.”

Practical information: In this performance, there will be an invitation to take off your shoes and partake in a small physical exercise. You are free to choose whether or not to participate.

Landing on Feathers takes placein BAK – Basis voor actuele kunst. In April and May 2023 UPS (Ultradependent Public School) transforms BAK into a schoolhouse with distinct study areas: a gymnasium, a copybar, a bootleg library, a gift hall, a microcosmicroom, and a cafeteria. Sixteen artworks as learning objects are located here and around the city of Utrecht, activated by an intensive public program of trainings. Symposiums, rituals, field recordings, workshops, day-long radio shows, lectures, skill-shares, assemblies, beauty salons, bootleg distros, beauty salons, and cook-offs are only some of the ways UPS configures the act of training.  

If you have time before or after the performance, go take a look! Read more here



Jija Sohn


Aleksandra Lemm


Julia Reist

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