Susurrus describes the intangible whisper, rustle or murmur.
Susurrus was a performance collective initiated by independent dance artists, Renae Shadler and Maria Nurmela in 2017, in collaboration with lighting and set designer, Kalle Ropponen and sound artist, Samuel Hertz. As an international team from different artistic landscapes (Finland, Germany, Australia and the USA) the group was active until 2020 in creating a hybrid collection of diverse performance and social engagement actions that encouraged environmental awareness. Susurrus engaged in the research of site-responsive and immersive performance – as well as online formats – creating a series of projects developed in residency and adapted to each performance context.
As part of the creative process, the Susurrus group collaborated with Aerocene Foundation, an artistic and scientific community initiated by visual artist Tomás Saraceno. The core of the foundation is the Explorer, a light-weight 6m x 8m solar-powered sculpture that is inflated by air, lifted only by the sun and carried by the wind, giving body and making visible the invisible materials surrounding us. Alongside events the Susurrus group facilitated community launches of the Explorer and workshops that advocated for an ethical collaboration with the environment and atmosphere.
Online Platforms – Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the group created a virtual adaptation of ‘Leaning into the air, whispering the wind’ for Elektron Art Festival, Estonia in 2020.
Immersive Journeys – ‘Leaning into the air, whispering the wind’ immersive journey and performative workshop created for the ‘Tomás Saraceno – ON AIR’ exhibition at Palais de Tokyo Museum, Paris in 2018.
Workshops – ‘Part of, within’ workshop for Critical Path – Sydney (Australia) and Supercell Festival – Brisbane (Australia) in 2019, and ‘Dancing + Speaking + Sensing Within’ BetOnest Summer Workshop Series (Germany) in 2017.
Residencies/performances – Critical Path (Australia, 2019), Ehka-productions Kutomo Art Space (Finland, 2018), Routa Company (Finland, 2018), Hellerau - European Center of the Arts (Germany, 2018), BetOnest (Germany, 2017) and Dansomètre (Switzerland, 2017).
Read an article by Renae and Maria on the Aerocene blog: Here
Newspaper Feature Article: Kajaanin Sanomat, 2018
Concept, Choreography, Performance: Renae Shadler, Maria Nurmela | Light/Set Design: Kalle Ropponen | Sound Design: Samuel Hertz (previously Korhan Erel)
Supported by an Art Promotion Center Mobility Grant – Finland, Australian Embassy – France, Finnish Institute – France and Tanssikoulu Tanssitiimi – Finland.