After Alexandre’s warm-up, 2 more people presented their work.
Faye showed excerpts of pieces she choreographed. She explained that she deals, sometimes straightforwardly, with images, often issued from pop culture. She tries to embody the images, or ideas, or fantasies, and to deal with the awkwardness that you may then feel. She also deals with projections: who do you see when you see this person in front of you?
Gabriel then offered a hands-on experiment: one person is lying on the floor, and an other person touches her, or moves her limp, aiming at the fascia layer.
Then Robyn proposed a task.
We sat in a circle, with a single sheet of paper in front of each of us. Robyn first asked us to write down on the top of the sheet a task that is absolutely impossible (for instance: grow a tree out of your head; drink the sea; get your eyes all out of their sockets and eat them…) Then we folded the sheet of paper and moved it to the person sitting to our right. We then wrote down the name of a song, or of a sound, related to the impossible task we previously wrote. Again, folded the paper and passed it on. Thirdly, we wrote down how we would present ourself while trying to do the impossible task (ex: balancing on your head, in your bath tub, etc.) And we passed on the sheet of paper.
Robyn then asked us to unfold the paper now in front of us, and gave us half an hour (plus lunch time) to imagine how to present to the group what’s on the paper, using only our body and what’s in the room (we couldn’t bring in anything that wasn’t in the room at that moment).
After lunch, everyone presented in turn their own impossible task, and song, or sound, and costume.
The general impression was that it was fun (both to do it and to watch it).
Then we gathered in 4 groups (5 or 6 people per group), and Robyn gave us half an hour to figure out a way to reenact each member’s previous performances incorporated together. We presented these new tiny performances it to the whole group.
When we were asked how this new task felt, several voices expressed that it felt difficult. It was also felt that it had become a performance of a performance – a performance of something that had already happened. Asaf reminded a previous discussion about how much we look at things through the spectrum of our history. We are building a new narrative based on something that has already happened and to which we’re making reference.
We also mention the process of working together to set up this re-enactment. Was there a leader?
Robyn concludes that we have all worked well as groups. What came out of each group was different… but it’s ok to be different!