The project advocates the (un)covering of the forbidden or segregated by choreography. Furthermore, the project argues that artistic intervention can expand individual room of action with collective political impact. Political starting point is the notion as well as practice of human rights and violence. Artistic strategy is covering and weaving as choreographic actions; for instance by addressing the Muslim veil and its covering gesture, and by using the actual Labor of weaving as choreographic becoming. Final aim is to expose the principles, notions and procedures by which choreography acts and/or is acted by as politics. Gained knowledge is expected to further interact with, be tested by and influence the practice of choreography, as well as other fields and practices – artistic, social, structural, industrial etc.
Choreography is a way to uncover other forms by covering given forms. The act of covering stands for production of potential meaning. Likewise is the act of concealing/hiding choreography under a cloth or other symbolic surface an act where the hiding itself exposes/advocates for the concealed. That is where the covered manifests itself as new. Furthermore, choreography speaks/acts in various shapes and modes, yet always as re-orchestration of meaning. As the undoing and re-weaving of (given) meaning/material into new narratives and fabrics. In this sense, weaving may be understood as a tangible way of speaking/acting/choreographing. Weaving stands for:
- a crosspatch labor organization (non hierarchical)
- a horizontal choreographic narrative
- time. Time invested between people and material.
cloth (under cover) from 2011 is worked out as prototype for the development of a series of cloth specials. cloth special further argues for the deviant, violent and subversive, for events and behaviors not of the publicly accepted and recognized, but rather of the clandestine and disguised. Five themes are to be investigated:
environment - trash (garbage/excess)
religion/culture - nuns/priests/celebrities etc.
language - Babel/dialects/idioms/neologisms/autism etc.
fiction - espionage/thrillers/romance etc.
torture - Corpse Brides
Corpse Brides refers to Reza Negarestanis text and by that further to Virgil, Aristotle etc. Central to the text is the, from ancient time up until the Middle Age common torture by which the doomed (living) female was tied to the dead body of a male in a (deadly) marital embrace. The doomed was then kept alive until her body began to rot and through the process of decay grew into the body of the dead. This torture is used as reference for a further articulation of the relation between body and soul in metaphorical and philosophical terms, that is in terms of a relation between motion and immobility, as choreography between life and death; towards the reformulation of choreography as the decay of bodily substance.
black material in a black space/fur, feathers and peephole cameras, internal, intravenous examination
white transparancy in a white space, self-luminous floor, phosphorescent bodies, membranes, overexposed, hyperilluminated
time material in a corridor one dancer one visitor at the time, fatal marital embrace, faith, decay