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Dudude Herrmann
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Life as landscape

“Digestion” is Dudude Hermann’s term for the body’s processing of raw materials.“The body engraves its chronicle in them. It has always evolved through meanings, signs, symbols and designs. What impresses me, though, is its wisdom in relying on unspoken words.”
A Brazilian dancer, choreographer, director and pedagogue, Dudude Hermann turned to dancing more or less by chance in 1970, during the years of Brazilian military dictatorship. She learnt it at a school which taught not only the conventions of modern dance but also methods of improvisation. One of her teachers had studied under Mary Wigman, and influences from classical sources came through Graham, Laban and folk dance. On becoming a dancer and teacher, she used classical techniques and relied mainly on the Graham method, but at some point she realized that what she was teaching day in and day out was not her own style of dancing or mode of expression but something “belonging to someone else”.

Dudude Hermann resolved to work on only a style of dancing expressive of her identity here and now. This approach, like individual coaching, has since played a crucial role in her teaching, and since 1994 she has been teaching grown-up professionals and amateurs in a school of her own in a loft in Belo Horizonte. This simply furnished studio with a stage and 30 seats is also her theatre.

Hermann compares an artist’s political, ecological, social, economic and geographic situation with that of part of an ecosystem. Art is always a part of life, interacting with the latter as a whole. She feels able to sense and reveal tensions within the system. “Na Planicie, Logo Montanha ... Aprece o Mar” from 2005 for instance shows Man as part of a metaphorical landscape reaching from the plain (Planicie) across the mountains (Montanha) to the sea (Mar). Hermann thinks of individuals as being part of a non-hierarchically organised web of nature and society, in which everything is related directly to everything else and has the same rights and obligations. She declares the old image of Man as “Lord of creation” to be obsolete.

From the start, as a choreographer and director, she developed her approach in intense cooperation with artists of other genres. She heeds the classical notion of inter-disciplinary work if choosing to incorporate elements from literature, the visual arts or music into her pieces. But basically she refuses to think in terms of separate genres. Since 1992 she has been working with the Benvinda dance company. In line with her own interests and those of her main colleagues, Izabel Stewart and Silvana Lopes, the company, which comes together only for the sake of single projects, explores the situation of folk in the modern world. Their needs and necessities are exposed but not without moments of deep empathy. Under Benvinda’s auspices artists of all kinds engage in joint research. A key concern is the development of a natural way of moving, and another is the formulation of up-to-date notions, one of these being art’s potential for playfully conjuring up an alternative world-view. At the same time as working with Benvinda, Dudude Hermann regularly devises solo works.

From an interview with the artist in Berlin, 2006.
Author: Constanze Klementz

Bio

The Brazilian dancer, choreographer, director and dance teacher Dudude Hermann began her studies in the 1970s under the influence of the group Transforma in Belo Horizonte/ Minas Gerais. Since 1994 she has had a studio of her own, which has become a key part of Belo Horizonte’s dance scene, and she also directs the Benvinda dance company. At the invitation of Josef Nadj, she received a scholarship for the Brazilian Ministry of Culture’s promotional project “Virtuoso 2000” in the choreographic centre of Orleans. Within the framework of the project “Vitae de Artes” (2003), she developed the piece “Poética de um Andarilho”; in 2004 she played Maria de Lourdes in “Triade e Tanque”; and in 2005 she premiered her most recent work “Na Planicie, Logo Montanha ... Aprece o Mar”. A member of the curatorial board of the cultural foundation in Belo Horizonte, Dudude Hermann represented Brazil in the Brazilian Year in Paris/ France during the week of Minas Gerais in August 2005.

Works

Às voltas com o dançar

Production / Performance,
2005

Como habitar uma paisagem sonora

Production / Performance,
2005
In cooperation with Marcelo Kraiser

Quero que isto seja uma cena

Production / Performance,
2004

Pedaço de uma Lembrança

Production / Performance,
2004

Maria de Lourdes em Tríade

Production / Performance,
2004

Tanque

Production / Performance,
2003
In cooperation with Marco Paulo Rolla

Poética de um Andarilho - a escrita do movimento no espaço de fora

Production / Performance,
2003

Dissertação sobre um Nada

Production / Performance,
2002

4 solos para 3 intérpretes

Production / Performance,
2002

Viagem à França - Bolsa Virtuose (MinC)

Production / Performance,
2001

Barrocando

Production / Performance,
2000

O Armário

Production / Performance,
1999

Um solo para uma Dança e um Violão

Production / Performance,
1998
In cooperation with Renato Motha

O que fazer para o jantar?

Production / Performance,
1997

Iphigênia

Production / Performance,
1995
In cooperation with Adyr Assumpção

Plus (intersecções barrocas em andamento latino)

Production / Performance,
1993

Arrotos e Desejos

Production / Performance,
1992

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

IN TRANSIT 06

Dance - Performance - Music

(24 May 06 - 04 June 06)

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Um Solo Para uma Dança e um Violão
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Um Solo Para uma Dança e um Violão