URBAN PLANTARIUM is michela filzi’s research project at the intersection between ecology and dance, combining foraging; the practice of collecting wild plants for culinary purposes, with somatic dance; focused on the attunement to the environment.
The solo-movement research was funded by DIS-TANZ-SOLO both in 2022 and in 2023 where a participatory phase, called FORAY AND INTUITIONS, invited small groups of attendants into a series of somatic foraging walks. In these walks, michela filzi offered guided experiences and meditative propositions in different parks in Berlin.
This research is an exploration of the nomadic practice of foraging, which enables one to encounter any landscape and attune to it, in the ever-changing green areas, parks and gardens of the urban landscape.
The project concludes itself in the two events of URBAN PLANTARIUM - performances and conviviality, taking place in the yard of Uferstudios on the 20th and 21st of June 2023. All attendant of FORAY AND INTUITIONS and an extended audience are invited to gather around Solstice and the celebration of plant life.
Funded by DIS-TANZ-SOLO, Neu Start Kultur und die Beauftragte Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.
Artistic direction and dance: michela filzi
Dance: Maud Buckenmeyer
Music and performance: Sebastian Faust
Text and performance: Beatrix Joyce
Herbalist food-art: Florencia Konekamp Kusch