OF RAVENS & GODS

dance with the dreamer

FILM AND INSTALLATION 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 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.

A FEW WORDS 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, a change of season.

That this project has happened as the expedition style adventure that it was is essential to the work itself.

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.

However, as much as it was demanding it was empowering and liberating ….. a journey following routes passing through some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery.

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

AMONGST THE HIGH MOUNTAINS

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 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 Leopard” – Peter Matthiessen