What if the accordionist breaks free, not from the accordion but with it? What music derives when they move together and explore their unique relationship?
For three years director Mareike Dobewall and accordionist Mara Peiseniece have been testing, taming, pushing, pulling, collecting, rolling, hiding, revealing, manipulating, surrendering and listening to what exists between the instrument and the musician. The result is an evening-filling performance where the accordionist Mara Peiseniece shares her personal experience of life with the accordion. As a hybrid of movement and music this free form expands and contracts while it stays connected to its center - the relation between the musician and the instrument.
Mareike Dobewall works purely acoustic with live performers when she creates musical performances. She is interested in the relationship between the bodies of buildings and the human body. Mareike Dobewall choreographs the bodies and sounds of the musicians. When she develops her spatial sound performances she relates to both the space’s visual and acoustic dimensions. Mareike Dobewall has worked as a director in film, theatre and opera. She studied filmmaking in Berlin, scenography at the Norwegian Theatre Academy and choreography at HZT in Berlin. Currently Mareike Dobewall is PhD candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts. Her research questions relate to the site-specificity of sound and explore the dialogue between musicians and spaces.
Mara Peiseniece is an accordionist with a background in academic music, now exploring field of performance art, free improvisation and modern music. Her focus lies in exploration of ever existing interaction between the music instrument and the musician, collaboration that can be elevated through movement, the visual side of an audial creation. She thinks that the movement of the performer is guided by the tradition and the moment that she is encountering now asks for questioning of the known. Mara has performed with ensembles, duos, trios, individuals in Sweden and Latvia, joined theatre performances in Norway and Finland. She studied at the master program NAIP in the Royal College of Music, Stockholm.