The Good H:E:A:R:T: is a dance performance about the female heart as a place of resistance in the social body.

In collaboration with Carmen Moreira (director of SQx Dance) and Josephine Craig Penner (SQx Dance).

 A dance performance in three parts with video and sound installation. The three parts:

I   The Good Heart

II  Resistance

III Aufhebung – Triptych

The dance project The Good H:E:A:R:T: is reflecting on the idea of the social body, mainly on the concept of resistance as female quality situated in the human heart. In a modern understatement, resistance is a sociopolitical activity of disobeying, opposing or refusing injustice or other ethical absence. And at the same time, of advocating policies, principles, and universal values for the natural and social realms. Resistance can have different forms and expressions, mostly non-harming. At the core of The Good H:E:A:R:T: is the idea of resistance as a possibility of regeneration and transcendence. So, this attitude in resistance could be characterized as female and is inherent in all human beings as awareness, recognition, as well as empathy, are conditions of knowledge and transformation, going beyond dichotomy and conflict. The characteristics of resistance are often represented by the symbol of the heart, in its cultural/religious and physical meanings of connectivity, care, sharing, creation, transcendence. I structured the work in three units whereby the third unit has three parts itself. By the German word Aufhebung is given the complex definition of the “good heart” as the meaning of this word is threefold: 1)preserve, conserve; 2) abolish, suspend 3) transcend, sublate.more here

Rachela Abbate, script and artistic director, video and sound design

Carmen Moreira, dancer

Josephine Craig Penner, dancer

 The performance has two versions: one for the stage with ca. 45 min and one for galleries with ca. 20 min. and the set up consists in three videos and sound installations. Additionally, are produced artworks and photographies in limited editions. A book with the artistic script, documentation, and writings will be produced towards the end of the performance production.

The Imperatives project

This dance piece is a successful first collaboration in the frame of Imperatives, writing a major chapter in its experimental Encyclopédie Raisonné, the art dictionary on knowledge communication and social awareness. The Imperatives project is about art in relation to the inner principle, the consciousness, and how it finds its expression in political activities, mainly in form of civil disobedience, and is related to knowledge communication and discourse. Diderot’s dictionary in the 18th century as a tool for enlightenment and subversive activity is a model for my experimental Encyclopédie Raisonné to organize all the topics and to create a format which allows growth and distribution independently from its author. One of the three classifications is Nature with its main chapter, the social body. go to Imperatives


rachela abbate Carmen-Moreira the good H:E:A:R:T: - dance project
Carmen Moreira

rachela abbate Josephine-Craig-Penner the good H:E:A:R:T: - dance project
Josephine Craig Penner

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