« Schwingen » (Swiss wrestling) is a cultural physical practice that can be used to negotiate various thematic complexes and cultural narratives. Johanna confronts this male-connoted sport in a duet with two male performers and critically questions the identity of this practice.
“How to do a Downward Facing Dog?” is a solo performance which deals with the phenomena of yoga and its position inside the complex mesh of sociopolitical connections on the basis of one Asana (yoga position), biographically, physically and as well as theoretically.
"Porrada" is a piece that deconstructs the culture and rituals of the brazilian martial arts Jiu Jitsu. Johanna Heusser (Dancer) and Dennis Freischlad (Martial Arts) explore the potential of play inside this complex cultural tradition and the fundamentals of fight strategies.
Lairen Mathek was created during Atelier Mondial scholarship in 2018 in India in collaboration with the choreographer Surjit Nongmeikapam. It is the Manipuri word for the spine of the python and a symbol for eternity. Both dancers explore the potential of infinite movements in their own spine and understand each other as one body.