the moon practice is an homage to the practice of improvisation and the way i'd always imagined it defined by the downtown new york 60s radicals. namely, as the practice of facing the unfaceable unknown.

The Moon Practice is performed by a minimum of three performers.

The Moon Practice is performed ideally by five performers.

The Moon Practice draws on the concept of performativity, and so looks at the notion of theatrical performance with regards to the socio-historical circumstance that make the comprehension of theatricality possible. To do so, a possible definition of ‘meaningful’ or ‘performed’ is studied in comparison to the definition of ‘gendered’.

The Moon Practice is thought as a reflective practice, in which performer’s thinking is reflected in their moving, and gesturing. The performer’s moving and gesturing in turn  become the sight at which meaning materialises for the observer. What meaning materialises for the observer – only the observer can ever decide. In order to allow the observer to associate freely, the performers are not instructed to aim at creating linear, or sensical narratives. Instead, the performers are instructed to stay with their thought process and associate freely as they move and gesture.

During The Moon Practice, both performer and spectator are asked to exercise their ability to empathise with any physicalised form of signification.


The Moon Practice works with perceptive power of the eye in mind, and builds on the faculty of visual perception to ‘think in pictures’, delaying the time in which the brain is to consciously being creating sense of what is happening on stage – so that once that process begins, it can be noticed.

to be continued…


This practice aims at transforming the theatre into a social space in which a conversation with potential for reflective exchange takes place.




The Moon Practice proposes an altered definition of creativity, one that is not concerned with invention, but reaction. Creativity is so defined as re-activity to the world around. The Practices propose an order of things in which there is no assumed hierarchy of value; there is only attention to detail.

The Moon Practice was performed at: (selection)


  • 2015 University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm University of the Arts : presented as pavleheidler's MFA degree project – Ilse Ghekiere, Mira Mutka, Manon Santkin, Samuel Draper, pavleheidler

  • 2014 sunday run-up (CCAP at Svarta Huset), Stockholm, Sweden – Mira Mutka, Samuel Draper, pavleheidler

  • 2014 LEAP Symposium, ImPulsTanz, Vienna, Austria – Eszter Gal, Elina Ikonen, Pia Lindy, Maria Ines Villasmil, Francesco Scavetta, pavleheidler

  • 2013 Days of Contemporary Dance Varaždin, Varaždin, Croatia – Linda Blomqvist, Matilda Lidberg, Ilse Ghekiere, pavleheidler


  • 2014 Croatian collective TRAS works with The Moon Practice to develop Of People, an improvised performance presented at festival Improspekcije; Zagreb, Croatia on Nov 29 (curated by Sonja Pregrad) – Nina Sakić, Petra Chelfi, Martina Nevistić, Karolina Šuša, Ivana Pavlović, Ilse Ghekiere