Closer to the Wild Heart -solo performance draws a portrait of a woman between reality and fiction. The work examines themes such as invisibility and self-reinvention. As an installation-like performance it consists fleeting moments which begin and finish without a preposition of the finality.
Closer to the Wild Heart is a research project and a performance where contemporary dance, set/light design and sound design are brought in a dialogue. The project was launched by choreographer Maria Nurmela, sound designer Jaakko Vastapuu and set/light designer Kalle Ropponen and premiered in Manifesti Factory Festival in Turku in September 2016 in a joint event with German choreographer Urs Dietrich´s autobiographical solo Thalamus. The two solo´s by Dietrich and Nurmela formed an interesting evening, where Closer to the Wild Heart by Nurmela functioned as a "feminine counterpart" for Dietrich´s solo based on more masculine understanding of life.
Closer to the Wild Heart lends its name from the novel Near to the Wild Heart by a Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, without being a reconstruction of it. Lispector's existential prose has given the initial spark for the crew; for their working methods as well as for their expressive and aesthetic aims. Inspired by Lispector the crew sought for dramaturgical and visual language – relentless minimalism and pure, infinite aesthetics. Also the crew aimed for detaching the work as much as possible from the theatrical apparatus and illusion to reach a certain honesty.
In Tanssivirtaa Festival the Solo will be performed on Hällä Stage in Tampere.