Rise: a performance with and for nonhuman bodies (2020)
Rise is a performance guided by an aural score.
Rise must be performed with and for an audience of nonhuman bodies, organic and inorganic matter.
No other human being should be present in the space for the whole duration of the performance.
An ancient voice will guide you through the journey.
// instructions: preparation
Do not listen to the score before the performance.
Choose a space where you feel safe, calm, at home.
Choose nine bodies to perform with you. Objects, plants and animals are welcome.
Spread the bodies through the space.
Your choices may be random or not. It is up to you.
After you have completed the preparation, you may begin the journey.
// observations and requests
You must listen to the score through earphones.
Rise may be performed as many times as you wish.
Make sure you will not be interrupted during the performance.
If you feel like it, register the experience in video.
When you are finished, photograph the landscape you have created.
It would be great if you could send me the documentation or a response to the experience in any other form. You can send me a thought, a drawing, a song, your feedback. If you don’t feel like sending anything, just enjoy the journey. My e-mail address: email@example.com
// instructions: performance
All materials are relevant and useful.
Emotion is motion.
Be in relation always.
Notice where you are and use it.
Listen to the music and rhythm of your breath.
Practice having multiple bodies by, at times, seeing yourself from the outside.
// key words and notions
attention / vitality / displacement / gaze / form / decay / imagination / imperceptible / transformation / forces / perspective / perception / anthropophagy / asymmetry / in relation to / multiplicity
Rise is a performative experiment in the development of my artistic research The Amazonizing Project, currently undertaken in the frame of the Master of Theatre Practices practices at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, NL. Rise combines the poetics of the solo dance score No Time to Fly (2010) by choreographer Deborah Hay, performative utterances from internet videos and elements of works by artists Jeanine Durning and Steve Paxton (The Small Dance).