toda dança começa com
video performance | 2020
work in process
quarantine started in the state of Rio de Janeiro, in March 2020, I started to
find others through a screen, just like most people. On one of those occasions
of making a video call, my schedules and that of a friend, with whom I made the
appointment, did not match. Like other meetings, which by some force of the
universe do not happen, we ended up not meeting, and this friend of mine said
"aye, alright, we meet in the movement". A mixture of curiosity,
strangeness and doubt in that sentence broke out inside me, and I was thinking
about it for a while. Due to the absence of the physical body of the other, challenges
and readjustments in how to deal with this unusual situation were already
appearing, even so, the phrase “we meet in the movement”, boosted a desire to
dedicate more time and attention in creating, moving and think about the body
today. This body is in a state of crisis. It is in the urgency and importance
of continuity that the proposal to find virtually to dance together separately arises.
Not as an immediate and positive response to the production logic of the
current system, but as a response to this desire to investigate and reflect on
how creation occurs with the body in the current pandemic context.
In May I proposed
to Eleonora Artysenk, Mana Lobato and Lara Fuke these meetings that took place
in four stages; 1) meet by videocall with one more person and talk freely, 2)
raise a question together from the dialogue, 3) hang up the videocall and move
at the same time with the question as a starting point and 4 ) record the
experience through writing right after moving. The question as the starting
point, as a hole of possibilities. During the meetings, numerous questions
arose, as well as anxieties, affections, memories, and not only did the
question reverberate in the movement, but the remains of the conversation and
longing to be together, in a studio, in a performance, in an essay, in a class,
in a party, in Street. From these meetings, the video below was made.
It was necessary
to activate the imagination and make a pact to dive into invisible spaces at
the same time at each meeting, perform the same performance in different
spaces, and trust. There is an excerpt from a text by Linn da Quebrada in which
she writes: “nothing seems to make much sense and yet everything makes me feel a
lot. I'm not a pessimist. much less realistic. I am a fiction writer: I invent
truths ”. This sensation of inventing truths turns and moves through me and
shakes me in bodily experience, which to some may seem like mythology,
mysticism or simply impossible, I believe the oracle and philosopher body
How to be together
separately? How to dance connected by plans other than the virtual? We have
been experimenting with new ways of being together now, and I feel that it is
possible powerful encounters, in this virtual and so surreal place. Following
this idea, If we have the ability to create connections virtually, are we not
able to open portals that connect us from elsewhere as well? Would imagining be
the first step to change? As Eliane Brum puts it in a recent article:
“Imagining is political action. Imagining is an instrument of resistance.
Imagining the future is already beginning to create the present ... We want to
prevent them from rearranging the abnormal. And we want to do this in the most
radical way, that of imagination. By rescuing the possibility of re-imagining
other possible worlds. Physical isolation, yes. Social isolation, never ”.
I propose with
these meetings to provoke me and others the not abandon our body, that we can
dive in the power of this instrument that allows us so much, but that now seems
to be compressed. It is compressed not only by the fact that we are unfolding
in our homes, for those who have a home, but also because of an irresponsible
mismanagement that makes us physically and mentally ill.
Everything today passes
through the body, as Marcelo Evelin, choreographer and perfomer says, in
conversation: “What has happened today has happened to the body. It is the body
that is being infected, it is the body that is dying, it is the body that is
afraid of another body ... ”. Now more than ever, there is a need to expand
internal spaces and create spaces with others. It is in this corporal space
that I have found strength and peace. I believe that being with other artists
interested in change, in imagining new realities, can be a start to transform
how we live and relate to this planet.
It seems that the
notion of time is now another, an extended time, which has much more to do with
creation than with exhibition or production. It is also important to identify
who has that time and who has access to this virtual world. Could it be that
with the expansion of the virtual world for all our activities, also expands a
social abyss already announced for years? The pandemic appears to have been an
accelerator of the future in many spheres. How can we think of actions not only
for now but that will continue in a post-pandemic world?
The meetings have
already been held with Mana Lobato, Lara Fuke, Eleonora Artynsenk, Amarcel
Mara, Herika Reis, Maria Luiza Tiburi and Isadora Franco.
Moving the body is
a political gesture and self-care is revolutionary. As in so many other moments
when the body in a state of crisis revolted, transformed, moved, the year 2020
in Brazil calls for this internal and external movement again.