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Kinga Szemessy

SVUNG, Austria

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Kinga Szemessy was trained as a contemporary dancer, and dance anthropologist, and currently is a PhD candidate at Mozarteum and University of Salzburg. As she is also a nature guide, occasional rock climber, furthermore eco-somatic investigator, in the frame of her doctoral studies, she has been looking at and designing maps and scores for participatory dance performance events indoors and outdoors, with a special focus on contemplation and discomfort.


Our proposal is a 2-3 hour site-specific project, Geodiverse. Geodiverse is an immersive hike, in collaboration with a local geologist. A non-anthropocentric participatory performance in public space and in deep time to connect with the world of rocks. We offer a slow walk, together with the participants, dedicating special attention to the landscape, including the bodily sensations that it provokes.  Our objective is to invite people to step off the usual path they walk on and offer a sensitive and practice based experience to connect with nature.  Unlearn human superiority, and discover the joy of our kinness with more-that-human societies. We are practicing eco.somatic activism by training to hypersensitize the individuals to help in recognizing, deconstructing norms residing in the body, and strengthen empathy towards the other.
We believe that getting closer to understanding our place within geological time, our role within the history of Earth can offer new perspectives to understand human society ans oppressive systems. To actively seek and experience this connection is necessary for cultivating a healthy long term relationship with our environment.
The project was presented in and created for the program of European Capital of Culture, Veszprem, in the Bakony-Balaton National Park and Geopark, with geologis Barnabas Korbely.

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