An integral part of the process was a month-long dérive through the streets of Berlin whereby we strove towards removing the constraints and procedures of production. This is asking how long can we pursue not knowing, and how the conscious not-knowing transforms our ontological status. This is a meditation on not making decisions, having no script, and inhabiting the found conditions. This is devoting time to not producing, to freeing ourselves from the capitalist imperative (at least for a moment) to see what can emerge. It might be that there is no back door (how do you say otherwise, emergency exit?) and that production is an inherent human default. What qualities emerge when we adhere to a strict regime of openness? In Towards Another Miraculous, we investigate this tenuous terrain, somewhere between archaeologists and choreographers, mere reporters and creators, doers by fate and will, yet products of circumstance. The miraculous is not far away. Bas Jan Ader took to the void of the open sea to find it, but maybe it was all the time much closer, less tragic, maybe even in the streets of his own Kiez. There might be another way. No, there is another way, and this is stirring the dust and watching it settle. This is moving towards another miraculous.
(Frank Willens and Maria Francesca Scaroni)
Since coming to Berlin in 2003, Frank Willens has worked extensively with Meg Stuart (Replacement, Do Animals Cry), Laurent Chétouane (Bildbeschreibung, Tanzstück 2), and Tino Sehgal (Kiss, Untitled, This Variation, Yet Untitled, This Situation, etc...). He's also realized projects with u.a. Peter Stamer, Esther Struck (Schauspiel Köln), Wilhelm Groener, Nico and the Navigators, and Tanzinitiave Hamburg as well as presenting his own pieces in the spaces between. Towards Another Miraculous is a culmination of a long friendship and professional relationship with Maria Francesca Scaroni.
From Italian TV dance productions to release-based and post-modern dance techniques, from contactimprovisation to literature studies and theoretical engagement, Maria F. Scaroni is moving through the complex network of learning and making dancessince 1996. Scaroni's works focus on the process of collaboration, play with durational experiences and are featured by a crossbreeding between performance, choreography and installation. She created works with Jess Curtis, Vania Rovisco (AADK), Frank Willens and is currently performing works created with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Tino Sehgal and Jeremy Wade. Maria teaches in Berlin's University HZT and is actively involved in other independent training programs (P.O.R.C.H. and Smash) where she is developing methodologies focusing on the body as material. She holds a Masters degree in Italian Modern Literature, with a focus on Media and Communication and a thesis on education and dance.