united dancers of ZUGA
Two generations, two cameras. Bush and Kaja will spend one week in an isolated house in the forests of Estonia. How will they bring this experience onto the stage of Kanuti Gildi SAAL?
Woman is looking down, even more downwards, placing her hands on the floor, drags her foot along and starts getting up spirally. She looks up for a moment and then keeps on moving.
Wolf is moving fast, with his head down low and hands hanging on his sides. Stopping, lifting his chin, hearkening, shaking his entire body and then dropping down. First placing the back of his hand on the floor then elbows and then moving forward to balance the weight equally and presses his chin to this chest. Then he gets up swiftly, turns his back and moves away.
Woman speaks Estonian and Wolf speaks English.
Original music for this piece is inspired by Estonian national music “Targa rehealune”.
* - 28.02 performance is followed by public discussion with the artists.
united dancers of ZUGA was established by young choreographers – dancers Tiina Mölder, Kaja Kann and Jarmo Karing in 1999. ZUGA has created 16 performances with different Estonian dancers. The company has worked in theatres, parks, streets & clubs at the international festivals in Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Russia, Germany, USA, Holland, Belgium, Croatia, Latvia, Great Britain and Sweden.
It is typical for ZUGA to discover new performance places (streets, trams, stages, clubs and houses). As important as the place where ZUGA is performing are the persons attending the piece. ZUGA abrogates borders between director and dancer. First of all they are interested in working process because the result is always relative and depends from the context where it will be placed.
They have been awarded with the Philip Morris Estonia dance prize (2002) for the performance “walking home solo” and the Estonian theatre prize for the best dance production (2004) for the “ZUGA will build a city”.
Their new piece is collaboration with Bush Hartshorn form UK.
Bush Hartshorn spent the seventies driving trucks throughout mainland Europe enjoying a peek into many different industrial agricultural and manufacturing contexts.
After this decade of occupational voyeurism Bush enrolled on a Degree in Theatre Language at Dartington College of Arts from which he graduated in 1982. Upon graduation his career split into various strands;
Pursuing work as a project based artist within specific communities; White working class communities in Winsford and Newark, Bangladeshi communities in East London and the Jewish community in Liverpool. Parallel to this he found employment with various theatre companies as a performer; Natural Theatre Company, British Events and Meeting Ground Theatre. As well as a variety of small parts in TV dramas and independent films.
After graduation from Dartington Bush formed a Site specific theatre company with fellow graduates; Industrial and Domestic Theatre Contractors took on one off commissions for a wide variety of sites; churches, swimming pools, disused factories and hospitals as well as performances for specific events; Roskilde Rock Festival.
In 1990 Bush set off in another direction and was appointed as the Director of the Green Room, Manchester a small but influential theatre space at the centre of Manchester with a reputation for high quality new and innovative theatre and dance. Bush further built on this reputation and did much to internationalise the work, presenting work from all parts of the world taking the building to a major refurbishment at the end of the nineties. A very important part of the work the Green Room was the development of young artists and in 1993 with colleagues from mainland Europe a pan European network was formed to facilitate the exchange of young artists work. This Junge Hunde network has since grown in reputation as an important vehicle for young artists.
The end of the nineties saw Bush take up a couple of tasks in the Low Countries; resident dramaturge and festival programmer at the De Beweeging, Antwerp and Project curator for the Rotterdam Festivals.
Bush then returned to England as the Director of Yorkshire Dance one of ten National Dance Agencies charged with developing dance across specific geographical areas. The agency works through three main channels Participation, Production and Presentation with both professional and non professional dancers and choreographers. Yorkshire dance is well known for its investigative work around the relationship between dance and the other art forms and continues to support the work of young artists through its involvement with the Junge Hunde network.
Throughout this twenty year period Bush has continually been invited to teach and deliver lectures at a variety of Educational establishments; Dartington college of Arts, Nottingham Trent University and Utrecht International Theatre School, College of York Ripon and St John.
Idea: Tiina Mölder, Kaja Kann, Bush Hartshorn /UK/
Texts and performance: Kaja Kann, Bush Hartshorn
Choreography and video: Tiina Mölder
Editing: Taavi Varm
Original music. Stage design and light design: Kalle Tikas
Co-produced by Kanuti Gildi SAAL.
Supported by Tallinn City Council Cultural Heritage Department; Cultural Endowment of Estonia; The British Council Tallinn and THEOREM, association supported by the Culture 2000 programme of the European Union; EREL Group Residencies & Apartments