Hunt as a wolf…
You walk alone in the dark night, listening for the other wolves, howling towards the sky for them to hear you. You’re searching for your pack. Finally you find them, and together, you hunt down a prey through the city, through the night – like wolves in human skin.
After 200 years absence the wolf has returned to Denmark. Its wildness and strong pack mentality is wrapped in story and myths. Some fear them, others admire them – most are fascinated by them. With Wolf Safari Secret Hotel invited the Finnish performance group Other Spaces to give a rare glimpse into the life of wolves, and break down the prejudice and myths surrounding them.
Wolf Safari is a nightly walking lecture experience, where participants learn and try to hunt like a wolf pack.
Secret Hotel has collaborated with Other Spaces before, among other events, we brought the popular front runner to Wolf Safari, Reindeer Safari to Denmark in both 2013 and 2104.
Wolf Safari premiered in Denmark during the Aarhus 2017-festival Little Rebellions in August (from Brobjergskolen) with showings in Aarhus, and in Copenhagen from Dansehallerne.
Other Spaces (in Finnish Toisissa tiloissa) is a Helsinki based live arts collective. Founded in 2004, the group consists of artists from various art fields. Other Spaces invents and develops collective physical exercises through which people can visit “other spaces”, i.e. enter in contact with the modes of being and experience other than human. Wolf Safari has been performed at several art festivals and at the Kampnagel in Hamburg, Germany.
More about the evening:
Wolf Safari consists of three phases: First a wolf school, where you learn to imitate certain characteristics of the wolves behavioral patterns and pack mentality. Thereafter, the actual walking. Each participant will start on their own, tracking down their pack through listening and howling. When the pack has gathered, they will hunt down a prey for dinner, symbolically represented by the food offered by the prey. The safari closes with a debriefing, where everyone gets to reflect and share about their experience. Wolf Safari gives you the chance to experience your city, yourself and your fellow human beings in a new and different way.
3 min trailer about the Wolf Safari:
“Hamlet Private” takes you on a personal journey into the world of Shakespeares Hamlet. Without stage lights or other effects – purely by the performer Nini Julia Bang’s own storytelling and presence, Hamlet is created directly in your imagination. The show is based on your own life and the choices you make. Hamlet’s questions becomes your questions – his hesitation and his choices yours.
The show was last performed in Copenhagen and Helsingør, 2016.
The history behind “Hamlet Private”
When “Tanke Gange” performed in August and September 2013, the one-on-one performance “Hamlet Private” with the performer Nini Julia Bang. could be seen afterwards. As a result of a residency in Mols during Barn Art Symposium II, the Swiss-Finnish artist Martina Marti created a Danish version of “Hamlet Private”, together with Nini and the photographer Emma Suominen. Here you can experience how Shakespeares Hamlethas connections to choices in your own life. A Hamlet just for you, in a personal meeting without any theatrical effects.
© Original version 2012 by Martina Marti, Marion Maisano & Cécile Orblin. Coproducers – Gnab Collective & Secret Hotel
Photos: Lauri Kontula
The 20th of September 2014 we once again offered Other Spaces’ awardwinning walking performance Reindeer Safari.
People were invited on an unusual nature walk in the hills of Mols. First a Finnish and humorous lecture on reindeers and then you go off with your herd, wandering as … a REINDEER! On two legs, without any red nose or antler.
After a thorough introduction to the movement patterns of reindeers and how they act as a herd, the participants forms their own herd and go out on a walk for some hours. There are rules to follow – for instance you must decide collectively where to go and when to rest without talking – as reindeers are quiet animals and very seldom make noises.
In Reindeer Safari you are inspired by reindeers way of sensing the world and therefor you will sense your surroundings in a new way. We offer you the possibility to reflect on how humans and animals sense and act in their surroundings. How does an animal see the landscape you walk in everyday? And how do you normaly use your own senses?
Reindeer Safari in September 2014 are co-produced with Borgerscenen at Aarhus Teater.
Reindeer Safari is created by the Finnish art collective Other Spaces. In 2011 Reindeer Safari was elected ”Environmental Art Piece” of the year. The performance has toured in Europe, and was part of the Finnish pavillion at the Biennale of Venice 2013.
In the spring of 2013 Secret Hotel invited the Finnish artist collective Other Spaces to perform their award winning walking performance ”Reindeer Safari” in Denmark.
Reindeer Safari was succesfully performed twice – in the Mols Hills, and in Vestereng, Aarhus.
After the two walks the participants talked about their experiences – below some reactions –
– “I was surprised how easy it was to feel where the others in the herd were. I felt safe and secure despite not understanding anything at the beginning.”
– “The first two grazings were the happiest moments in my life, being in nature.”
– “Feeling like I was stepping into something bigger than myself. Very non-judgemental. A giving-up state. There were hills I liked and hills I did not like…”
– “I felt safe enough to fall asleep (during grazing).”
– “Felt as an organic part of the group, not an individual, PLUS moving according to my needs and being aware, feeling safe…? Feeling the herd. Very individual experience and very much a group experience.”
– “There is akward silence and good silence – perhaps the strongest moment together was being silent together at the table after the walk had ended and we had talked a bit.”
Reindeer Safari also received reactions among the media as several articles were written – in Danish –
JP Aarhus interviewed the performers of Other Spaces at Vestereng.
Ebeltoft Folketidende wrote a teaser about the walking performance
The web art magazine kunsten.nu wrote an article about the her experience as a reindeer at Vestereng.
Lotus&Skov, a blog about surroundings and landscapes, also wrote about their experiences as reindeer.
Reindeer Safari was the subject of academic investigations. Read one of them here:
“My Neighbourhood from a Reindeer Perspektive“, Lotus Lykke, student od Aesthetics and Culture, Aarhus University.
Supported by Danish Arts Council, Nationalpark Mols Bjerge, Finnish Arts Council, The City of Helsinki, Woodshade Organic & Mjødgård
Dance Event with the two Danish upcoming choreographers Ari Rosenzweig og Anders Schlanbusch. Organised in collaboration with Entré Scenen and the choreographers, produced by Secret Hotel.
Eager Beaver B by Ari Rosenzweig Dancers: Ari Rosenzweig and Nir Tamir.
Gisteren is Anders by Anders Schlanbusch Dancers: Anders Schlanbusch and Pavel Zustiak. Sound: Frank Gustafson.
Production & press: Christine Fentz Funded by The Dance Fund Aarhus by Danseværket and the County of Aarhus.
In collaboration with the artists and Entré Scenen, produced by Secret Hotel. Dance Event with the Danish choreographers Erik Pold and Anders Schlanbusch, who both trained at the School of New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
You got the money I got the soul, a Danse Docu Drama by Erik Pold
Soloist: Erik Pold
Assistant: Pernille Koch
Chorus: Mette Petersen and Sanna Ölund
Niks Fout = Nothing Wrong by Anders Schlanbusch
Dancers: Nick Bryson, Esther Hinz, Brian Degn
Sound: Frank Gustafson
Production & press: Christine Fentz
Photos: Christine Fentz