- Language No Problem
Lola is a fantasy…
With her body twisted and split, she struggles to balance reality and dream. In a last attempt to take control, she grabs her camera. Armed with the lens, she inspects her body parts and seduces the gaze of the others that just entered her world.
NOBODY is a physical and visually vivid performance grounded in the personal experience of dissociation of performer and dance-/theatre maker Sophia van der Putten. Shortly put, dissociation can be described as an estrangement of the own body and reality, which causes physical, mental and social detachment. As Lola, Sophia van der Putten alienates in an absurdist and theatrical fashion, the physical experience of sound, body, and environment. Through this she explores this dissociate state of being in relation to (female) body ownership, and the linked possibility of autonomy and ability to connect with others.
About the artists
As a trained dancer Sophia van der Putten (1992) understands her body and its patterns. Yet personal experiences with dissociation – like detachment of her body and her ‘self’ (depersonalisation), and the sensation that the physical environment is unreal (derealisation) – disturbed her (physical) relation to and perception of the world. Even though these experiences were disquieting, as an artist this expropriation of her body fascinated Sophia. Starting from this experience Sophia creates her solo performance NOBODY in collaboration with her artistic team consisting of composer/sound designer Cesi Nolten (1981), scenographer Juhee Hahm (1987), and dramaturg Julia van der Putten (1994).
Sophia creates artistic works grounded in the body, that deal with themes like feminity, sexuality, and power which she approaches from an absurdist perspective. A returning thread in her work is the tension between the ‘social’ body as public and historic cultural playing-field, and the ‘personal’ body as the most private and intimate element in our lives.
In her movement language she searches for ways to alienate and transform the body through the distortion of physical borders. Sophia makes these confronting themes physically tangible and feasible through her comic touch.
Earlier this year Sophia worked as a performer for the French multimedia artist Paul Maheke in his first solo exhibition A Fire Circle for a Public Hearing at Vleeshal Centre for Contemporary Art in Middelburg. In May 2019, together with her dramaturg (and sister) Julia van der Putten, she partook in a residency at Arteles Creative Centre in Finland, facilitated by Australian theatremaker and artistic coach Margi Brown Ash. At Arteles Sophia and Julia developed Sophia’s movement practice and created the basis for NOBODY, which will premiers at Amsterdam Fringe Festival.
About the artists
Sophia van der PuttenMaker, performer
Julia van der PuttenDramaturg
Cesi NoltenSpatial sounddesigner / Composer