Homeland of Gestures, part 1 – 4

Homeland of Gestures, part 4: Reenactments – (Performance)

Performance, excerpts, 11.16 min, original length performance: 21 min.

The very first video of the Homeland of Gestures series Folding Within You Without You, is an intimate, poetic study of the last ten years of Leenaars’ grandmother’s life and relationship between her and her mother. The work questions how do we capture time and the gestures that sustain time, that are passed on that express both knowledge and love? The creation and embodiment of gestures and projections we confer upon them are an inherent part of the subject matter of this piece and the parts that followed that ultimately led to the piece: Homeland of Gestures, part 4: Reenactments (performance). During the span of the exhibition ‘FARB: Modes of Reenactment’, curated by Julie Rudder, which showed Homeland of Gestures part 1 and 2 Kirsten Leenaars developed a performance that was a follow up piece to Homeland of Gestures part 2: Annotations, in collaboration with dancer Nora Sharp. Working directly from gestures captured in the first video Folding Within You Without You, The Annotations as well as additional gestures from her own memory, Nora offers another way of expressing this story. She developed a choreography based on these gestures and performed in a set designed by Kirsten Leenaars. During the live performance Leenaars read the annotations out loud to the audience, followed by the screening of this video. The video was projected twice, first with and secondly without audio. Cookies, baked according to Leenaars’ grandmother’s recipe were served to the audience.

Homeland of Gestures, part 3: Reenactments – (Video)

Video, original Reenactments video, projected during performance, length: 16.42 min.

During the span of the exhibition ‘FARB: Modes of Reenactment’, curated by Julie Rudder, which showed Homeland of Gestures part 1 and 2 Kirsten Leenaars developed a performance that was a follow up piece to Homeland of Gestures part 2: Annotations, in collaboration with dancer Nora Sharp. Working directly from gestures captured in the first video ‘Folding Within You Without You’, The ‘Annotations’ as well as additional gestures from her own memory, Nora offers another way of expressing this story. She developed a choreography based on these gestures and performed in a set designed by Kirsten Leenaars. During the live performance Leenaars read the annotations out loud to the audience, followed by the screening of this video. The video was projected twice, first with and secondly without audio. Cookies, baked according to Leenaars’ grandmother’s recipe were served to the audience.

Homeland of Gestures, part 2:  Annotations

Homeland of Gestures part 2: Annotations
2013, video, length: 5.42 min

This video is a response to Folding Within You Without You. Both are part of a series of work titled: Homeland of Gestures. The annotations are translations of gestures some derived from Folding Within You Without You that have touched me, moved me and other gestures I have hardly been aware of but have imprinted me with a sense of belonging. Homeland of Gestures Annotations serves as a set of instructions not only to the viewer, but also as a script to inspire the final performance. Homeland of Gestures part 3: Reenactments. The video was part of the exhibition ‘FARB: Modes of Reenactment’, curated by Julie Rudder.

Homeland of Gestures, part 1: Folding Within You Without You

Homeland of Gestures, part 1: Folding Within You Without You 2012, video, length: 12.15 min

Folding Within You Without You is an intimate, poetic study of the last ten years of Leenaars’ grandmother’s life and relationship between her and her mother. At the same time this work questions how do we capture the gestures that sustain time, that are passed on that express both knowledge and love? What do the remaining gestures mean? The creation and embodiment of gestures and projections we confer upon them are an inherent part of the subject matter of this piece.The video was part of the exhibition ‘FARB: Modes of Reenactment’, curated by Julie Rudder. (Followed by Homeland of Gestures part 2, 3 and 4.)