along the rims (2020)
My work is based around collaboration, exchange and proximity of bodies, the body as a place of knowledge and knowledge production. Now suddenly the proximity of bodies is not wanted. Especially during lockdown there was a sense of alienation in this lack of physical presence.
Along the rims explores our connectedness on several levels, with human bodies, but also the world surrounding us. Reading Donna Haraway’s ‘Staying with the Trouble’ (2016) made me think in the myriad ways we can share information and how our bodies communicate with each other, which is sometimes below our radar.
I started to think about how her term “tentacular thinking” applies to my work with the perfor-
mers, the networks and exchanges we create, and how alliances are formed in unexpected ways. How can we be together as bodies and minds, have a productive and positive exchange, which relies not solely on language but on many other forms of exchange. Be it sounds, movement, touch, song.
And what happens in between bodies. Energies flowing. Vibrations penetrate. The skin breathing. A kinship between the performers. Challenging normative assumption of language’s superiority in communicating information. Creating a space outside linear thinking and capitalist conformity.
With Nandi Bhebhe, Patricia Langa and Cian McConn
Duration 25 mins