not for choreographic purposes

In the summer I was working with Eva Recacha in the studio at The Place in London and one of the piano chairs had a sign on it:

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We all have objects that are clearly not for choreographic purposes and so I had some stickers made:

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They are 4.5” x 2.7” (11.43cm x 6.86cm) and are essential kit for any choreographer. If you just drop me a line I’ll send you one or a set of four (just let me know) for free.

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knowing and not knowing

The other day I happened across a very small notebook that had five pages of handwritten text in it. These were the first notes I jotted down for a work from 2008 called Gertrud. It was strange to see just how similar the outcome of the project was to these initial thoughts, as if the choreographic process was a matter of executing ideas.

Such knowing in the process of making choreography is in direct contrast to the work that Chisato Ohno, Jackie Shemesh and I are doing for Pause. Listen. Here, the project is constantly adapting and shifting, informed by different spaces or rooms, and changes in our interests and experience. It is much more a process of not knowing in which the work is constantly re-made for different environments and times. In the Founders’ studio at The Place in London it is a matter of finding different kinds of sensory frames – light, sound, space and movement – that might build on, in and around Chisato’s delicate, spacious and complex dancing.

 

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