contents / thoughts / ideas / stuff:
• 1-to-1 packet, Maya
• 1-to-1 packet, Victoria
• light green dress
• yellow headphones
• plum-colored bathing suit
• green scarf and tights
• purple headphones
• aluminum chairs
• other supplies in the space
a. make two solos
b. make one duet
Day One was the “opening” of the show and yet we did not open any of the 19 boxes assembled for each of the days that followed. Instead, we created exactly what would go into one of the boxes, in the way in which it would have been created.
the process… For the four months leading up to the show, my principal dancer and I had been developing a practice of making a dance a day. At the end of one week’s time, we then exchange a document of these dances with each other. A few days later, we present each other with a performed dance made in response to the documents we received. Then, these two performed dances form the base choreography for a new work or “duet” that I compose and which we stage for a live audience as part of our Invitational series.
On Day One, at 4pm, we started with the exchange and worked our way through to the duet by the end of the evening.
Another body, an “avatar”
It’s a question of…
How to choreograph onto oneself
How to put oneself outside oneself
How to manufacture a mirror, and
How to make use of the fact that this particular mirror can/will do things “wrong”
So just a note about “movement”
Yes, I’m talking about dance, and dances, and dancing.
But not dancers
Or perhaps a dancer stunted.
So just a note about the “other”—dance partners, lovers, objects, &tc.
Yes, I’m talking about dance as a relational action—in relation to…
But perhaps we make the objects of our desire, and make with them even in their absence. Perhaps we make them absent, make them act and then react with them—a post-reaction.
In every solo dance, their lies an invisible object
Not lost. Not loss.
Every dance is a duet.
But the dance is an act of unlearning the needing of another.
An impossible dance?
Made up of pedestrian movements
Extrapolated from the everyday, handled, shaped into a stunted grace