To tell the truth, when I was making the third ICON called WHITE for the New Europe Festival Tour, I was already pregnant. I had one and a half month to work on the choreography, from April until the middle of May. On the first week of April it turned out that somebody already lives inside me. I was ineffably happy, but I had to deal with a really sad and dark topic. It was hard and I couldn’t change it, because time was short and the conception of WHITE was already ready. After the tour of course I had to think over the whole project, the stations which were still waiting for me and the changes which my body will make. I have never been pregnant before (that was also the inspiration for the project), so I could just approximately predict my physical state and power for the coming months. I have tuned the VARP-PA project accordingly – I kept the ICONS and the topic of waiting, but I was focusing already on the reality of pregnancy, the sensitivity of the female body and this special state of mind. And I was lucky, that my body and my son were strong enough to assist my artistic endeavors and my plans until the last days actually.
The three weeks period of the VARP-PA residency was the time where I really had to change my daily training routine. Making WHITE was still a powerful sequence – it was just hard to decide which movements are still not harmful for the baby. And of course the feeling of sickness, the constant dizziness and weakness made the work pretty hard. From the summer on I became slower and slower and I had to learn to deal with this slowness. But my mind was still very awake, so I could work a lot, plan and write a lot and I could make nice (and slow) choreographies accordingly with my constantly changing body. During making the 6th ICON titled VISITATION, we already had to change some movements I have set in the beginning of August, which I already couldn’t do in the second half of September because of my baby bump. The only secret was to adapt to this constant change and to accept my limits which were also changing day by day. I had to keep the small details of the project flexible.
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