How the Land Lies is a dance performance for 5 bodies and 3 LED scrolling signs, choreographed and directed by Bianca Hisse (Brazil/Norway) and Laura Cemin (Italy/Finland) in collaboration with the Estonian choreographer Keithy Kuuspu and dancers with immigrant background based in Estonia.

 

The LED-signs, usually encountered in public spaces as low-key advertisement signs, become means to explore the impact of language on mobility. Navigating between tourism slogans and visa questionnaires the dancers, who themselves carry experiences of migration and displacement between countries, interact with the text scrolling on the LED panels. As the words move on the screens, they are equally moved by the bodies. Borders slowly blur: who can stay and who must leave? Who is seen and who remains hidden? What is allowed and what is forbidden?

Although the performance will be shown in several countries, the performance will be adapted to each individual context through the participation of local dancers. The dramaturgy will be changed and new choreography developed in close contact with them, taking into account their repertoire of movements, and their personal stories. The text that runs over the LED screens will be partly taken from documents by the Estonian authorities and tourism industry. 

In the shows in Tallinn dancers are participating who are based in Estonia albeit originally from other countries and who have stories to share how they ended up here.
Lea Blau is an artist from Croatia, graduated the first CPPM master course, currently lives and works in Estonia.
Angel Casal is Argentinian who participated in the European Voluntary Service programme in 2011-2012  in Estonia and has lived here ever since.
Rodrigo Chavero is Argentinian choreographer who moved to Estonia in 2021.
Shion Yokoo-Ruttas was born in Japan, arrived to Estonia as an exchange student in 2016 to Viljandi Culture Academy choreography department, graduated it later.

Laura Cemin (Italy/Finland) and Bianca Hisse (Brasil/Norway) both operate at the intersection of visual art, performance and choreography. Their work, often presented in galleries and non-traditional performance spaces, focuses on the relation between language and social circulation and on how contemporary discourses influence mobility. These topics are at the core of both their individual practices, as well as their collaborative body of work. “How the Land Lies” is their first stage performance as a duo.

 

Performativity of public space has been a central concern in Bianca’s artistic process, which materializes through installations, sculptures and text-based interventions in the public realm. She graduated from Kunstakademiet i Tromsø in 2019 and has a BA in Performing Arts from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo (2016). Her work has been shown across Norway and internationally, including: Kunstnernes Hus, PODIUM Oslo, Tromsø Kunstforening (NO), Botkyrka Konsthall (SE), Galerija Nova (HR), MAR Museum (AR), and Museum for Modern Art Rijeka (HR). She has recently performed in festivals such as:  Sofia Performance Art Festival (BG), Performance Art Bergen (NO), The 12th International Media Arts Festival (RU), BONE Performance Art Festival (CH), Mediterranea Biennale 19 (SM), Arctic Action Festival (Svalbard), OpenArt Biennale (SE), and BienalSur – International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America. 

Laura’s research mixes movement, writing and temporality with the intention of challenging the boundaries between dance and visual art. Although her work always originates from a performative action, it can appear in multiple media and forms, such as text, photographs and installations with objects. She has received an MFA from Umeå University of Fine Arts in 2019; previous to the Fine Art education, she has worked professionally for Ballet West, dance company based in Salt Lake City (USA). Her work as maker has been presented internationally in galleries, museums and theaters, such as Norrlandsoperan(SE), Museum für Neue Kunst (DE), Tallinn Art Hall (EE), Kiasma (FI), EMST (GR) and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.