Can we dance together? 2017

What happens when we improvise together, and is it possible to imagine together in the same moment? With a group of 10 artists (dancers and musicians) this research project investigated the space in-between simultaneously running solos. We named this relational space flirtatious. It is not about controlling, winning or gaining the other but rather about the pure play of desire without end. The research developed interdisciplinary technics that allow flirtation with the materials and the performance of co-improvisers. In collaboration with Liza Baliasnaja, Stefan Govaart, Patrik Keleman, Azahara Ubera Biedma, Talia de Vries, and Ensemble Fractales, Supported by P.A.R.T.S., Brussels.

“Flirting is purpose-ness without purpose, the turning of doubt and ambiguity into suspension, to create possibilities of transgression, a disinterested pleasure, simultaneous consent and refusal, a turning toward whilst turning away, being busy with peripheral things, a playful immersion, a silent pact, the power of not deciding, an indirect or shared obsessions, the desire to extend the present moment. Flirting is what is already in play, a form of being passive and active at the same time, making no necessary connection between the performance and the attitude, a gesture of the grasp that intensifies reality, meaning something that is incoherent, to touch a thing in passing, sterile pleasure, a copy, the connection between excitement and uncertainty, …”

Research in collaboration with a group of 10 artists (dancers-musicians) and the research for ALMOSTEVERYTHINGHAPPENS (2016).

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