D · Naked audience in Theaterhaus Jena [21 February 2020]

Jena's landmarks: the tower ruin “Anatomieturm” and the “JenTower”On Saturday, 15 February 2020, Art city Jena: Exposition “Nowinka” in the “Kunstsammlung”Theaterhaus Jena provided the opportunity to its audience, to attend that day’s performance of the play “Nackt” [en: “Naked”] naturally, i.e. without clothes.

‘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”]. Naked audience in the TheaterhausBefore 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, Scene from “Nackt” – Photo by Joachim Dette (by courtesy of Theaterhaus Jena'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.

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To the photo gallery
To the photo gallery

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CH · Body and Freedom Festival 2018 [23 August 2018]

“The first edition of Body and Freedom Flyer Body and Freedom Festival 2018 Fotooccured 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

 ► Financing

“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

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D · Examination with success: Exhibition of Julia's works [21 July 2018]

20180721 In the exhibition of the students' works
In the exhibition of the students' works

20180721 Julia GaesOur 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, 20180721 Names of the alumniand 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!

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D · “Pieces and Elements” in PACT Zollverein, Essen [12 May 2017]

Isabelle Schad studied classical dance in Stuttgart during 9 years. Afterwards she danced classical ballet for 6 years. In 1999, she made a radical shift: Since then, she created her own choreographic works and projects, in which the human body serves in a totally new way as integrated part of an ensemble of corpses.

Isabelle Schad – photo Bettina Stöss – Wikimedia Common License

"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).

Isabelle Schad – Solo for Lea – Wikimedia Common License

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

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D · Photographer of nude hikers Julia Gaes in German naturist magazine 'FKK Reisen' [15 April 2018]

German naturist mag FKK Reisen, Feb. 2018
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.

Translated cit.:
“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!

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USA · Andy Golub presents a new website with a lot of videos on bodypainting [5 October 2017]

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.

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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:

S · Monument concerning traditional roles in Sala [4 August 2017]

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:

Monument concerning traditional roles
Monument concerning traditional roles

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:

Fly, plane, fly!
Fly, plane, fly!

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CDN · Hint for a nude weekend in snow and ice: Nude skiing or snowboarding [4 January 2017]

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!


Gallery: Why ski suits?

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):

[0:02:37] Valhalla: Trailer (Sweetgrass Productions)
Click the following link to watch the video:
[0:02:37] Valhalla: Trailer (Sweetgrass Productions)

Also, you may find the video in the gallery.

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D · “tanzhaus nrw”: “More than naked” – Choreography by Doris Uhlich [9 September 2016]

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.

At our request, tanzhaus nrw gave us the freedom to be in the buff in the main hall and its entrance area . Not only 20 artists danced in the nude, but we were alsoon Friday evening watching in the nude.

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!”

The dance performance was very body oriented: Bobbing muscles of buttocks, arms, legs, and abdominals, penises and women's breasts following the centrifugal force, when jumping and jumping, bodies clashingly bouncing against another, athletic jumps and skilful falls onto the floor characterised the impression next to sensitively detailed studies of the human body

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!

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