29 November, 2018 - 17:00


[THE LANGUAGE OF THE BODY: Prologue] 2015–2016

29.11.18 – 5 pm

Preparatory study of the project THE LANGUAGE OF THE BODY (2015), in which the human body is considered as an ambiguous channel of communication. It is a tableau vivant that bridges Greco-Roman sculpture and minimalist dance, following dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer’s No Manifesto (1965), a set of rules that pare down dance to its essential elements. A nude male dancer adopts a dynamic, sinuous pose from classical statuary, described by the term contrapposto [counterpoise], while adhering to the apparently incompatible decrees from No Manifesto, which requires embodying a “No to spectacle... No to style. No to camp”. At the same time, a female choreographer dressed in black repeatedly reads a transcription of a radio broadcast entitled The utopian body given in 1966 by the French philosopher Michel Foucault. Foucault notes that the ancient Greeks had no real word for body except to designate a corpse, and he draws on a first-person account of sensory experience to suggest that the body has its special “placeless places” that are even more potent than all the myths about trapped souls.

Performers: Catalina Carrasco and Gaspar Morey

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