‘Six people are on stage. Six people with six bodies whose mission it is to become visible as such. […] Today, we offer a special audience zone to naturists!”
Naked audience in Theaterhaus Jena:
Partly unclothed audience members watched the play “Nackt”,
where actors and actresses are partly nude.
We all together – also in the altogether!
Most of the over 50 naturists (roughly half of the total audience of the evening) from Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland took the visit to the theatre in the nude as an occasion to get acquainted with the city of Jena and to combine it with a short holiday in Thuringia.
At night in the Theaterhaus, those, who liked to be nude, had the opportunity to drop their clothes in a separated room. Before the performance began, unclothed and clothed visitors met in the lobby and had some colourful conversations and discussions about being nude and about art.
The undressed spectators were the first to be allowed access to the hall. Theaterhaus had reserved front chair rows for them as “FKK Bereich” [en: “Naturist area”]. Before the performance started, an employee of the theatre took a picture of those nude spectators, for whom being in pictures was not a problem. After this photo session, those spectators, who had not laid off their clothes, were allowed to seek their chairs.
Five actresses, among them the play’s director Lizzy Timmers, and one actor, acted, stood, walked, jumped, and ran on stage – depending on the topic of the scene – sometimes clothed, sometimes half-clothed, and often totally unclothed. Between the various scenes, the cast gave short explanations of the social and historic relations and backgrounds. Mimicry, posture and choice of words of the cast are determined by the played emotions and reactions – e.g. in a scene in which two women, who only wore walking boots, made a short break of their nude hike during which a couple of clothed hikers walked by.
It was an exciting evening, with a play rich in variety and addressing a wide variety of aspects of being in the nude. The performance took two hour – however, it was past before the audience was aware.
After the performance, the visitors of the theatre had the opportunity, to discuss their impressions with members of the cast and with other spectators in the Theatercafé next to Theaterhaus Jena.
“The first edition of Body and Freedom occured in the small city of Biel/Bienne (Switzerland), August 2015, with authorisation and financial support from the city: www.bodyandfreedom.com. The high interest of artists and a wide international and national media echo has shown the importance of a festival presenting artistic statements with the naked body in public space and confronting it with its architecture, passers-by, rules, laws and medias.
The second edition will take place in Zurich and invites 18 performance projects. […] In addition, an evening program inside will offer talks and lectures giving insights in practices and meanings of the naked body in past and present, looking back several centuries as well as widening the scope of our interpretations of the effects of naked performing in public today.”
– Cit. from: www.ritualtheater.ch/new-body-and-freedom-festival
“The city and the canton of Zurich, as potential major sponsors, do not support the Body and Freedom Festival, they prioritise in a different manner. The financing of the festival is therefore dependent on donations and generous privately granted benefits.
Your support to reduce the deficit:
Postkonto IBAN CH22 0900 0000 2500 3247 9, POFICHBEXXX, Thomas Zollinger Ritual Theater
Thank you very much!”
– Translated cit. from: www.bodyandfreedom.com/programm
► Information concerning Body And Freedom Festival 2018
- Flyer (PDF, de)
- Website (en)
- Programme (de)
- Articles on Performances (de | en)
- Articles on Naked Talks (evening programme) (de | en)
Our photographer of nude hiking, Julia Gaes, made it: With the result very good, she finished her studies at the University of Applied Sciences for Design in Bielefeld. Four years ago, she contacted naturists in the Münsterland via natury.de and took the first photos of nude hikers in autumn of 2014 as part of a semester project “Hautnah” [en: “Very close to (the skin)”]. Already these works were a success. Julia continued to accompany naturists in Münsterland during the following years, and that not only while hiking.
She also photographed other naturist activities such as biking, skittles, greenfield games, celebrations, and festivities, portraits and milieu studies, that show naturists in their apartments during naktivities or in a reclining seat. She has compiled a varied selection for her examination and now also was showing her work during a three-day exhibition (Fri to Sun) in the University of Applied Sciences. Six naturists had gathered and continued the tradition of being nude watching the exhibited photos – some of which also depicted them themselves. Julia's target group had of course long ago got around to the University of Applied Sciences. Then, the group of nude rubbernecks also visited the neighbouring exhibitions of her fellow students – and was welcomed everywhere “like old friends”.
Julia has set herself the new goal of a Master's Degree and will continue her studies – and she will certainly remain true to the naturists, albeit perhaps with a different regional focus in the future. We wish her all the best and much success!
"Pieces and Elements" is part II of a trilogy (after “Collective Jumps”), in which the physical moves of each individual participant on stage is merged into those of all others to a harmonic overall move or in which the different impulse of the individual is taken over by the others, thus eventually forming new harmony from inconsistent moves, that were initially carried out side by side.
For example, it is fascinating to see, how the arms of 6 dancers coalesce to two dancing snakes, that seem to move freely through the room, while the bodies of the dancers, all covered in black, practically disappear in front of the dark background (hint: last part of the trailer from [0:00:57] on).
Also spectacular are collective contortions by the nude dancers: part of them being artistic arm and leg positions, partly acrobatic motion sequences. Most imposing, however, is the harmony of the moving action, disappearing again and again in order to be developed once more in renewed collectivity
- “Isabelle Schad: Pieces and Elements – Performance / Tanz/Performance” (pact-zollverein.de)
- “Isabelle Schad: Pieces and Elements – HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)” (tanzforumberlin.de)
German naturist mag FKK Reisen, Feb. 2018:
'Naturist travelling – of course naturally in the nude'
Julia Gaes, “our” photographer of nude hikers, got an opportunity to describe her – photographic and personal – experiences with naturist activities in the February issue of the German mag FKK Reisen, issued by the German Naturist Association DFK.
“It is important for me to explore, how the naturist attitude to life outside of group activities is integrated into daily routine and life at home.”
So, Julia stays on track!
Andy Golub has moved his presentation on bodypainting art to a new website:
“Our mission is to share who we are as human beings, to build a community accepting of ourselves and each other.”
– humanconnectionarts.org, on which a lot of videos on bodypainting invite to browse through and watch.
We present Andy's work also in the list of links concerning art with a reference to a video documentary “Beyond the paint”.
Aside from New York City, Andy's Bodypainting Day takes place in further cities like San Francisco, Brussels, and, Amsterdam, where the Bodypainting Day takes place since 2016. Artists, models, and spectators enjoy colourful presentation and natural joie de vivre.
A Berlin-based manufacturer of theatre make-up has decided in 2017, to promote Bodypainting Day as a sponsor, another manufacturer from New York followed as further patron.
Hint – further free-range bodypainting events in 2017
In Germany, further bodypainting events took place in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Harz Mountains, and as a BodyArt Performance with elements of bodypainting in Münster, Westphalia:
Due to air temperature of only 16°C and a cloudy sky, those 20 naturists, who had applied for a bodypainting, were happy to have a heated space – preparation and painting did even last some hours. Finally, we presented ourselves as living works of art to the public on the marketplace in the…
D · German newspapers report about our “Natural Nude On Water” performance on the waterway [29 August 2017]
. German regional daily newspapers Westfälische Nachrichten and Münstersche Volkszeitung report on our nude performance on Saturday evening and promote this action as part of the cultural event “Sculpture Projects Münster 2017”, which happens since 1977 every ten years from 24 June until…
Those naktivities in Münsterland in June / July, which had to be abandoned or cancelled, are now put onto the agenda again at end of August expecting more stable weather conditions. We were not only lucky having pretty good summer weather, but also could enjoy our nude performance as a gift to inhabitants…
Since many years, the city park of Sala, a Swedish city of 15 thousand inhabitants 60 km west of Uppsala, is home of a monument of a youthful couple. The girl's gaze shyly turns aside – just incredible, if she would return the look fair in his face! The statue is a monument of traditional role behaviour:
However, it is still worthwhile to visit Sala’s municipal park – just because of the young man standing 100 m away, who is trying since many years, to fly a plane model:
Why ski suits? Without, it is much more intensive experience! There is an impressive video with real experts. But even, if you are not quite as perfect in skiing or snowboarding – it's always fun. The body has to warm up again after snow contact? The next hut is definitely well heated!
These pictures found in Usenet are obviously stills of a scene of the movie Valhalla from 2013. Cit.:
“Valhalla was filmed over two years in Nelson, British Columbia, to combine artistically filmed extreme skiing and snowboarding with the plot. Instead of using helicopters, production involved hiking up to the shooting locations and overnight camping; many local skiers and snowboarders appear, and there is a naked skiing and snowboarding scene.” (en.wikipedia.org):
Click the following link to watch the video:
[0:02:37] Valhalla: Trailer (Sweetgrass Productions)
Also, you may find the video in the gallery.
Theatre season opening with 20 nude dancers on 8 and 9 Sep
tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf presented 20 nude dancers on stage for the season opening. “The staging becomes a good-humoured exploration of the human body, better: a still life of the flesh, in which the dancers wiggle, click, wobble, sweat, and clap their bodies together …” was the notice in avance. A trailer gives a first impression of it.
Trailer: “More than naked” (youtube.com), Jerusalem 2016
Doris Uhlich: “more than naked” – Photo: Theresa Rauter
7 of the approx. 400 spectators were nude on Friday.
Nobody was surprised, when we took off all our clothes and left them in the cloak room.
When we sat in the main hall as nude spectators between clothed ones, we were asked by many aside: “Why are you nude?” Most common answer was, “If I want to understand and empathise with the work of a nude artist, that's only possible, if I'm nude myself. You feel with them so much more intensely!”
After the piece shown, Doris Uhlich – now dressed again – stayed in the entrance area to answer questions by interested vistors. We naturists participated in this Q&A session too, of course stil naturally in the nude. It developed naturally into a very normal “All together in the altogether” situation – everybody relaxed and accepting all others without thinking about being dressed or nude.
The performance was worth the trip!