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Choreography or ELSE presents:

While We Were Holding It Together


Ivana Müller

In While We Were Holding It Together, a tribute to the power of the imagination, Ivana Müller subjects notions of body and mind, and the relationship between the two, to a closer inspection. This results in a poetic, humoristic and philosophical production that draws the audience into Müller’s clear logic. While We Were Holding It Together creates images in becoming, always changing, depending on who is looking. Is it a rock band on tour? A picnic in the forest? A hotel room in Bangkok? We look, imagine and re-invent while searching for what is hidden and for what we want to see.

Created in 2006, the piece has been shown more than 70 times in festivals and venues in Europe, the United States and Asia. In 2007, While We Were Holding It Together won two prizes at Impulse Festival (DE). The jury of this internationally renowned festival awarded the performance with the first prize for the best off-theater production as well as the prize of the Goethe Institute.

The piece was also nominated for the 2007 VSCD mime-prize, which is the annual prize of the collaboration of Dutch theaters and concert halls for the best show of the year in the category of physical theater.

The piece exists in the original English version and, since November 2008, also in a French version.


Concept, direction: Ivana Müller

Performance: Katja Dreyer/Sarah van Lamsweerde/ Albane Aubry, Pere Faura/Ricardo Santana/ Arnaud Cabias, Karen Røise Kielland/ Hester van Hasselt/Anne Lenglet, Stefan Rokebrand/Jobst Schnibbe/ Geert Vaes/ Sébastien Chatelier, Jefta van Dinther/Bill Aitchison/ Julien Fallée – Ferré

Text : Ivana Müller, Bill Aitchison, Katja Dreyer, Pere Faura, Karen Røise Kielland, Stefan Rokebrand, Jefta Dinther.
Artistic advice : Bill Aitchison
Sound design : Steve Heather
Light design & technics : Martin Kaffarnik

While We Were Holding It Together is produced by LISA and I’M’COMPANY, in co-production with Sophiensaele Berlin (DE), Productiehuis Rotterdam / Rotterdamse Schouwburg (NL), Dubbelspel (30CC and STUK Kunstencentrum Leuven, BE).

This project is financially supported by the Nederlands Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten and the Mondriaan Stichting.



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About the Artist:


Ivana Müller is a choreographer, artist and author of texts. She grew up in Croatia but most of her life lived and worked as a foreigner.

Müller’s dance and theatre performances, installations, text works, video-lectures, audio pieces, guided tours and web works have been presented in venues and festivals such as Rotterdamse Schouwburg, STUK Leuven, brut Vienna, Frascati Theater Amsterdam, Kampnagel Hamburg, La Villette Paris, Wiener Festwochen, Theatertreffen Berlin, DTW New York, National Museum of Singapore, Saddler’s Wells London, Springdance Festival Utrecht, HAU Berlin, Centre nationale de danse Paris,  Kaaitheater Brussels (for a more extensive list of works and  venues please look at the page WORKS).

Some of the recurring subjects in Müller’s work are body and it’s representation, self-invention, place of imaginary and imagination, notion of authorship and the relationship between performer and spectator.

In 2007 Müller received the Charlotte Koehler Prize from the Prins Bernhard Funds (NL) for her œuvre, as well as Impulse Festival and Goethe Institute Prize for her piece While We Were Holding It Together.

Ivana Müller is one of the founding members of LISA (2004 – 2009), a collaborative production and discursive platform based in Amsterdam.

Ivana Müller lives in Paris and Amsterdam and works internationally.




Maaike Bleeker: Thinking Through Theatre
Published in Deleuze and Performance.
Edited by Laura Cull, Edinburgh University Press, 2009

Maaike Bleeker. “You Better Think!. Het denk-theater van Ivana Müller en Carly Wijsz/Ryszart Turbiasz” in:
Theater Topics 2: De Maker als onderzoeker.
Edited by Maaike Bleeker, Lucia van Heteren, Chiel Kattenbelt and Kees Vuyk. Amsterdam University Press,  2006

Jörg Huber/Gesa Zimer/Simon Zumsteg: Archipele des Imaginären
Institut für Theorie(ith) und Voldemeer AG, Zürich
Springer-Verlag Wien New York, 2009

Ramsay Burt: History, Memory, and the Virtual in Current European Dance Practice
Published in:  Dance Chronicle, Volume 32, Issue 3 September 2009 , pages 442 – 467

Working Titles – etcetera (in Dutch)

Working Titles -  der Standard

Working Titles – Trouw

Working Titles – Corpus

Working Titles – Volkskrant

Playing Ensemble Again And Again – Ballet-Tanz International

Playing Ensemble Again And Again – Volkskrant

While We Were Holding It Together - Theatercentraal

While We Were Holding It Together - Rotterdams Dagblad

While We Were Holding It Together - de Morgen

While We Were Holding It Together - radio Klara

While We Were Holding It Together - Inktpot

Jonas Rutgeerts: Onteigende beelden (in Flemish)

Under My Skin – De Standaard

Laura Karreman: ‘There Is More To This Place Than Meets The Eye

Under My Skin – De Tijd

How Heavy Are My Thoughts – De Morgen

Laura Karreman: Gewichtige Gedachten (in Dutch)

How Heavy Are My Thoughts – Volume

How Heavy Are My Thoughts – Vjesnik

Ivana Müller: Thoughts Spectacle

Ivana Müller: Letter to Bojana For The Conference On Future


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MoveStream 05 Screendance | Scandinavia






MoveStream 05 - Screendance | Scandinavia

11 February 2011

Interview with Rannvá Káradóttir

This interview is one of the many that I will be uploading as part of MoveStream's focus on dance videos/films made in the Scandinavian countries.  The series investigates the directorial choices that Scandinavian filmmakers make and asks more specifically about the dark emotional tone that is seemingly present in most of the works coming from Northern Europe.  It will explore this and ask why - is it psycho-geographic? or.... 

Margaret Sharrow says about Magma after visiting Liverpool Biennial. "It may be apparent by now that I have longed to go to the Faroes for many years. This film was far more than imaginative transport, however. It seemed not to posit an impossible relationship between the people  and the landscape; instead the black-clad figures became high-speed embodiments of the geological ultraslow dance of the land itself - the  magma..." 


Rannvá Káradóttir  was in Copenhagen last week to show her dance film BOW which won the DFA Dance for Camera Jury Award in NYC in Jan 2011. I asked her about her screendance work Magma, and what makes it so surreal and other. 

Magma is the first film in The Cycle, a series of 8 experimental short films that embrace and discover movement through camera. The films are shot in the extreme and wild landscapes of a remote group of islands far up in the North Atlantic Ocean, The Faroe Islands. Fragmented stories are unraveled in these open and empty spaces, enhanced by the uncontrollable and extreme weather conditions that have an important character in all the films.

Deprived from dialogues and narratives, the repetitive patterns of movements, costumes, music, landscapes and other components create an intriguing atmosphere that takes the viewer to a surrealistic yet hauntingly beautiful universe. 
Photographer: Katrin Svabo Bech© Marianna Mørkøre & Rannvá Káradóttir
R A M M A T I KRannvá Káradóttir & Marianna Mørkøre


 To read more about The Cycle, visit


Shot and edited by 

Jeannette Ginslov



Dansehallerne Copenhagen Denmark


MoveStream is a co-production with


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July 26th 2010: First Anniversary of Merce Cunningham Passing

Merce Cunningham interviewed by Foofwa d'Imobilité, July 2000, Vienna, Austria
Merce-Art Forever!" project

Part I: Inter-face to face-view

Merce Cunningham interviewed by Foofwa d'Imobilité - July 29 2000 -
Vienna, Austria - 23 minutes – subtitles in the making, translation in
French by Odile Ferrard, Léa Lescure and Foofwa.

“I knew that Merce had a video camera, so I gave him a cassette and
asked him to record me as I was recording him. It gave an informality to
the interview, which I like. The interview is important to me because
it shows that Merce wanted his work to survive him, as he says it in
numerous interviews until 2008. I happen to have it on tape.”
Foofwa d'Imobilite

« Merce-Art Forever! » is a project by Foofwa d'Imobilite / Neopost
about the legacy of Merce Cunningham. It is composed of
interviews, readings, manifestos, dialogs, and different viewpoints, all
related to the present, past, and future of Merce's work. It is a way
to study and promote this legacy, which is certainly one of the most
important for dance in the past century. Foofwa will make these
documents available to the public for free and non-commercial
distribution, sharing (with credits of course) being the ultimate goal.
Check for updates, as the video are in the editing room…

Check for more information on the Living Legacy Plan and activities of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

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