OF RAVENS & GODS

dance with the dreamer

MULTIMEDIA PROJECT


“Who among you can at the same time laugh and be exalted? Who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary. Untroubled, scornful, outrageous – that is how wisdom wants us to be: she is a woman who never loves anyone but a warrior.”

– Nietzsche

THE RAVEN

Ravens are highly intelligent and playful animals. They can be found anywhere and, equally, the stormier the weather, the better. The Raven will fly, play and sail in the stormy winds. For me they stand for an empowered freedom. When meeting this animal in a meditative journey this spring, I equally felt a deep fascination and intuitive connection with the raven as a power animal and in its symbolic meaning. It symbolized wisdom and freedom and its energy accompanied me throughout my journey.

The raven symbolizes wisdom and resourcefulness. The raven totem is fearless and strong. Ravens are viewed as the guardians of sacred and secret mysteries. Ravens stand for creativity, curiosity, transformation, healing, death and rebirth. They have the power to cast light into the darkness and are said to show us how to go within, into our dark in order to illuminate it. Ravens appear when we are ready to ascend higher. The Raven asks us to see the truth and he is a master of time.

GODS

Beyond a strong inspiration from mythology and stories of gods that are related to nature as e.g.: Artemis and Pan, this work is inspired by the creation myth of the fallen goddess Sophia, the goddess of wisdom, who became the Earth, our home & mother, Gaia.

It’s about the sacred feminine and the divine life force that connects and permeates everything, that pulsates within all of nature as well as within in ourselves.

In some traditions it is believed that we are living in a dream. You might then ask, who is and can we step into a dialogue with the dreamer?

When we listen, that pulse within us is calling and guiding us home, to the source, to an creative intelligence that drives all of life. And if we follow that calling, then we will meet her, Sophia, and dance our dance with the dreamer.

the journey – impressions captured on the walk leading east – west along the Haute Randonnée Pyrennéene, including some extra routes in Andorra, Ariège, Ordessa and Pays Basques; passing some of the highest peaks and passes of the Pyrenees.

What had started out as THE WALKING PROJECT [more info here], has become a magic ride, full of awe and wonder, following a calling and legacy as well as a call “home”.

OF RAVENS AND GODS

is an ode to mountains

a celebration of our connection to nature & the earth

and the sacred feminine

an epic adventure immersed within the elements

a pilgrimage

a story about coming home & freedom

a project inspired by mythology

a love story

a dance with the dreamer

a flight on the wings of the raven

a new visual project, dance film and video installation

and a project that has happened in frame of a somewhat out-of-the-ordinary artistic residency – definitely self-organised though never alone.

WALKING THE GROUND BENEATH MY FEET

What had started out as THE WALKING PROJECT, has become a magic ride, full of awe and wonder, following a calling and legacy as well as a call “home”. In frame of this project I walked various paths in Holland during spring time, later on different routes in the Jura mountains, to eventually go on two long distance treks:
The TOUR DU MONTBLANC, a trail circling the Montblanc massif (Switzerland, France, Italy), followed by the crossing of the Pyrenees, traveling along the HRP, the HIGH ROUTE OF THE PYRENEES, doing most “variants” and, at times, taking alternative routes such as GPR Volta a Andorra + Porta del Cel in Ariège and Andorra.

ABOUT THE JOURNEY

My travel in frame of this project was not “only” crossing mountains but equally traveling between countries, cultures and languages, varied landscapes with their different qualities and textures and, towards the end, as well a change of season.

That this project has happened as the expedition style adventure that it was is essential to and very special abothe work. The Project wasn’t so much about going to one place, alone or with a team, bringing camera equipment, to stay and work at that one location.

Being on a challenging trek that, at times, would simply demand to continue (to e.g. get to a place at a lower altitude or a refuge at the end of the day where it’s possible to camp.), facing the challenge of finding a balance between having to move onwards and, equally, creating the space to stay in a place, to connect, explore and work with it; throughout the trip also dealing with factors such as cold, exhaustion and hunger.

About 1000 kilometers in 2.5 months, including +/- 1000m (MB) – 2000+m (Pyrenees) positive altitude change / day.
TMB | Tour de Montblanc = 170 km
HRP | Haute Route Pyrenees = 800 km (excl. additional trails)

It wasn’t so much going to one place alone or with a team, bringing camera equipment, to stay and work at that location in order to shoot new material for a film. But rather me setting out with my house on my back, meaning a 50l backpack with minimal equipment, going on this continuously onwards moving journey, walking, climbing; being on a demanding trek that, at times, simply demands to continue (to e.g. get to a a place at a lower altitude or a refuge at the end of the day where it’s possible to camp) facing the challenge of finding a balance between having to move onwards and, equally, creating the space to stay in a place, to connect with, explore and work with it; also dealing with factors such as cold, exhaustion and hunger.

Being an outdoor and mountain lover, as well as a choreographer / performer and, equally, video and visual artist, when the intuitive impulse arose to go on this adventure that would combine various routes, I felt the deep wish to document and share this journey with others.

-> MORE INFORMATION about the route taken through the Pyrenees + a gallery of selected images you can find: here

AMONGST THE HIGH MOUNTAINS

The secret of mountains is that they simply exist, as I do myself. The mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no “meaning”, they are meaning. The mountains are.

“The Snow Leapard” – Peter Matthiessen

To be traveling in the environment of the high mountains is a special and unique experience: It is humbling and empowering at the same time.

Moving within that environment, partly in a space where there is no path, the ground you walk on continuously changing, often traveling through boulder fields, walking and climbing over +/- 3000m mountain passes and peaks, at times freestyle, one can never really loose ones respect, neither concentration. So an alert and sensitive dance starts to happen, really understanding and sensing the landscape and space.

WITHIN THE IMMENSITY AND VASTNESS OF IT ALL

Beyond the vital force and the power of the places I’ve traveled through, one thing that has touched me deeply, again and again, was the grace and goodness I encountered in other human beings and that it felt, as if the universe itself was “taking care of me”. An ongoing dance. Magic expressed through nature itself, intuitive impulses and people I’ve met along the way. When needed, solutions always presenting themselves.

A journey of synchronicity and serendipity.


Flight on the wing’s of the raven, embraced by the wind, accompanied by its song, whisper and, at times, loud roar. Following the fluid veins of the earth. Walking on the ground beneath my feet, supporting my every step, never walking alone, my ancestors and all future generations within me.

“While walking we should be aware that we are walking on a living being that is supporting not just us but all of life”

“When we walk we don’t just walk for ourselves, we walk for everyone.”

THICH NHAT HAHN

Traveling within the immensity and vastness of it all, of creation itself. Everything seems to have its own power and time. Everything alive, with such richness and depth. Experiencing myself as one particle of it all and, at the same, sensing that all of it is within me. Coming back to a primal connection, expressing itself in this dream. A daughter of this earth.

Falling out of madness and into love with her as well as our intrinsic connection to her, to existence itself, passionately and wildly, is what we need to do.

Rewilding our being.

Reconnecting to earth.

Following the call to come home.

and the legacy to dance with the dreamer.

“The female wisdom. It’s the female as the giver of forms. She is the one who gave life to the forms and she knows where they came from. It is from that which is beyond male and female. It is from that which is beyond being and nonbeing. It both is and it is not. It neither is nor is not. It is beyond all categories of thought and the mind”

“The Power of Myth” – Joseph Campbell