The beginning of "Starting point # 3" is the encounter of two persons. A real encounter in a given space that happens to be a stage, a public space. Based on the improvisation, a movement is created that is a result of motivated physical action as a means of communication. The emotional state the both dancers can be found in has a direct influence on the movement. There are moments of intimacy, of struggle, being accepted, being repelled, being protected, being exposed. It shows the duality of two beings that meet each other and that are confronted with the fact of being different although they have something in common.
The "Starting point # 3" has been dedicated to dancer and choreographer Carlos Orta (1944 – 2004). The production and presentation of the programme has been supported by the Nordrhein-Westfalen Art Foundation, Germany.
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He found his approach to movement through juggling and object manipulation. He studied dance from 1996 until 2001 at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. In 2007, he founded the company Felix Bürkle /Starting Point.
His piece "Beckett, Beer and Cigarettes" premiered in December 2007 at KC Nona in Mechelen, Belgium and had further performances at Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf. He was invited by Pina Bausch to the NRW International Dance Festival 2008. He is also the recipient of grants of the DanceWEB 2001, Tanzfabrik Berlin, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Art Omi International Dance Collective 2007.
Felix Bürkle was artist-in-residence in Mumbai, invited by the NRW (North-Rhine-Westphalia) Art Foundation/Germany in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Mumbai. During this stay he created the duet "Starting point #3" in collaboration with Hema Sundari Vellaluru that premiered at the festival Connections in Aarhus/Denmark on April 4th 2011.
Hema Sundari Vellaluru
Hema is a dancer and choreographer from Bangalore, India. Her training includes the classical Indian Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance forms. She is also trained in yoga, Kalaripayattu, body conditioning and various contemporary dance techniques as part of the dance company Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts. Currently, she is researching on bridging the gap between contemporary dance and Indian traditional dance in her own way.