So much has changed, is changing, in so short a time.
The forward march of economic and market forces has ground to a halt. Social interaction has become reconfigured, subject to state regulation, surveillance and intervention. We are finding ways to live and love within and according to this changing landscape. Wherever we find ourselves, we are reminded of the vulnerability of our bodies, our attention drawn to the precarity of life.
Had we forgotten our mortality?
As the world suspended its frantic course and we started to gasp for air, the planet has perhaps finally begun to breathe. “Business as usual” is no longer an option, certainly not with respect to our rituals of coming together, be it for experiencing art or simply socialising. Although a time of loss, this is also an opportunity to reset and reimagine.
Will we be up to it?
Will we be worthy of it?
Will we be strong enough to see, listen, learn, act?
This issue, rather than being thematic, will unfold according to a more flexible format, taking shape over several incarnations, as a way to stay alert, mobile, ongoing and in progress. Issue #12 of the Dancehouse Diary will therefore be staged across several ‘volumes’, articulated over time and drawn together under the title, WHAT NOW?
VOLUME #12.1: Interior Lives
Scores for Confined Times (A Collection)
Our current and changing situation has not called a halt to bodily movement but it has shifted the things that a body can do. Until recently, our space of possibility has stayed inside, emerging into the public domain according to and under strict instructions. What does this suggest to the kinaesthetic imagination? What melody of movement comes to mind (and body) within the confines of viral circulation and social regulation?
For this volume we have invited dance and movement practitioners to propose a ‘score’ – an invitation to form new linkages through the body, and with other bodies; to creatively engage new ways of living and moving in confined environments but not only; to creatively explore inner life and external space; and to rethink the everyday in choreographic terms.