One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Hyperactive, alert, locked up, nowhere to go, finding ways to express yourself, insecurity, no perspective, confusion.. What do you do when the obvious is not so obvious anymore?

This music/dance/film collaborative document captures a moment in time, where four different creative collaborators gathered in hampered times and allowed creativity to take over.

Besides playing bass in bands and projects I also record and release music under the name UGI since 2019.
This piece of music I created was done so in solitude in my home studio in the Spring of 2020. I felt an intrinsic urge to create while the world stood still. This track kept resonating and the idea to complement it with dance was born. Dancer Esmée Le Can (Dance Academy Tilburg) responded with incredible enthusiasm to the music and idea. In filmmaker and musician Rick Wiegerinck (Brix media, Vana) I found the right person to creatively capture and render the idea in film. Director Jennine Grootemarsink (Toneelacademie Maastricht) became involved and was pivotal in inspiring and amplifying the movement and images helping to tie the project together.

You can listen to the audio on spotify or bandcamp.

Cortisol will be a part of festival De Oversteek at september 5th 2021

Cortisol is supported by Music Support Gelderland, a new fund from Poppunt Gelderland in collaboration with Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

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Erik Harbers