Jana Jevtovic and Jody Hegel are dance artists, both creators and performers, who first met in Montreal, Canada. The Parcel Project marks their first instance of working together as co-creators. The proposed project is based around the idea of a personal correspondence between two people. As the two will be separated, working and living on two continents for the next six months, this notion has come up as the solution for a way to continue a collaborative relationship. In the coming six months they will correspond with each other. During the residency at BaseCamp Stockholm they plan to meet, open the collection which makes up the correspondence and begin build a performance together, exploring the possibilities of translating private experience to a public sphere.

How can we retain the essence of a personal experience as it is shared beyond ourselves?

Thanks to:
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec (CALQ) and Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Quebec (l’OJIQ)

Jody Hegel

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Jody Hegel completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS (2001) before obtaining a BFA from the Department of Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montreal (2006). Currently, Jody lives, works and plays in Montreal, notably as co-creator with Hannah Dorozio in the dance duo Ladybox; their theatre-inspired dance duets are influenced by pop-culture in all its confounding forms. As a dancer/performer, Jody works with various dance artists, in particular with Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth, Caroline Dubois, Zoja Smutny, SIlvy Panet-Raymond, Sasha Kleinplatz and Isabel Mohn. In 2010, Jody collaborated with sound artist David Drury in IN LIMBO (Espace Tangente, Montreal), a creation residency event proposition by Lynda Gaudreau/Compagnie de Brune. Jody has been an artist in residence at: the Gesù-centre de creativité; the Banff Centre through Springboard Performance’s interdisciplinary residency INterrarium; and Centro Rural del Arte’s residency Nativo y Foraneo in Patagonia, Argentina.

Jana Jevtovic

Jana Jevtovic is a choreographer and performer whose practice and research function through a multiplicity of forms. Recently she has collaborated with Mårten Spångberg and Pro-series Team on Geo-Trauma Dance which was presented in 2011 at ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival, as well as with the Swiss-based Compagnie LEOKI & La Bouillie d’Heidi on a project titled Edelweiss Tuning. Her research in choreography is focused on the development of the methodology of performance-making, with a committed curiosity and interest in working collaboratively.

In 2010 Jana took part in NOMAD – living, working and traveling through five Balkan countries with a group of 13 other artists. In 2011 she was a recipient of the Jardin d’Europe DanceWeb scholarship at ImPulsTanz. She is one of the founding members of the NOMAD project local partner organization in Belgrade, Serbia and continues to be involved in seminars and platforms developed through this network, such as Re-festivalization + De-festivalization at PLESkavica (Slovenia), as well as The Curatorial Programme of Kondenz (Serbia) and LocoMotion (Macedonia).

Since graduating from Concordia University’s programme in Contemporary Dance in 2006, Jana has worked with Montreal’s Band of Bless under the direction of Dana Michel for a number of years and has performed with Lucie Grégoire Danse, Sasha Kleinplatz and Andrew Turner, amongst others. Between 2006 and 2008 she developed a collaboration with video artist Boldizsar Csérnak-Risko which generated a number of works that continue to be screened internationally. Jana lives and works between Montreal and Europe.

The Parcel Project – recapitulative for 16.12.2011

1. About Flux kits: how were they mailed? what was their intention? was it an archive? was it important that the objects eventually transformed into something else (an event)? do these objects ultimately stay as a collection? is it important who their audience/ receiver is? functioning as a kind of transitory phase between ________  and _________.

2. Identify: a product-based vs. a not product-based situation.

3. Perform the opening of existent and non-existent packages.

4. Eliminate a layer of representation.

5. This project is about parcels and (maybe also) email correspondence with people scattered around the world. Into this physical space factory.

6. Dude, we’re in fucking Stockholm. Day 1. fancy lights. Swedish children in the street, a giant chocolate bar.

7. Parcel: may also refer to a piece of land (a territory).

8. The questions need to be more specific, less general. The questions need to start from a place that has not already arrived at a conclusion. Hypothesis?
production – consumption = +/- gain/loss
‘Equations often express relationships between given quantities, the knowns, and quantities yet to be determined, the unknowns.’
The concept of energy emerged out of the idea of vis viva (living force), which Gottfried Leibniz defined as the product of the mass of an object and its velocity squared; he believed that total vis viva was conserved.
Matter may be destroyed and converted to energy (and vice versa) but mass cannot ever be destroyed. Mass remains a constant for both the matter and the energy, during any process of conversion from one into the other.
As the universe evolves in time, more and more of its energy becomes trapped in irreversible states (i.e., as heat or other kinds of increases in disorder). This has been referred to as the inevitable thermodynamic heat death of the universe. In this heat death the energy of the universe does not change, but the fraction of energy which is available to do work through a heat engine, or be transformed to other usable forms of energy (through the use of generators attached to heat engines), grows less and less.

The Heat Death of the Universe –

A suggested ultimate fate of the Universe, a situation in which it has diminished to a point of having no longer any free thermal energy – it can therefore no longer sustain life or motion.

Thermodynamic free energy is the POTENTIAL FOR WORK (amount of work that a thermodynamic system can perform).

Kinetic vs. potential.

Does not imply any particular temp.; only requires that it can no longer be used to perform work.

ENTROPY – a measure of the randomness of the microscopic constituents of a thermodynamic system; tendency towards chaos


If the Universe lasts for sufficient time (?) it will asymptotically approach a state where all energy is evenly distributed – in other words, in nature there is a tendency to the dissipation (energy loss) of mechanical energy (motion); hence, by extrapolation there exists the view that the mechanical movement of the universe will run down as work is converted to heat, in time due to the 2nd law of thermodynamics which states that entropy tends to increase in an isolated system.

1st law of thermodynamics – energy cannot be created or destroyed (or mass as the material form of energy); energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed (conservation of energy)

It is usually formulated by stating that the change in the internal energy of a system is equal to the amount of heat supplied to the system, minus the amount of work performed by the system on its surroundings.

9. EVENT SCORES + FLUXUS BOXES (Fluxkits or Fluxboxes).

Event – something that happens or is regarded as happening; an occurrence, especially one of some importance; the outcome, issue, or result of anything: The venture had no successful event.

something that occurs in a certain place during a particular interval of time;

Physics . in relativity, an occurrence that is sharply localized at a single point in space and instant of time.

10. “Unfortunately the planned flight of a paint-dropping hot air balloon was scrapped at the last minute when strong winds prevailed.” http://www.panmodern.com/mbloch_performance.html