A 〈self-contained choreography〉 is a series of situations between bodies that creates its own space so it does not require a predefined space. The space it creates is utopian because it is outside of our world. How will our bodies play there?
Our project combines three approaches:
The game is a framework to collective creation -- without fixed roles and goals, but with strict division of labor. We want to use our curiosity and sensibility to relations and encounters between bodies in the process of composing a choreography.
When we perform, we will not only reproduce a choreography, but more interestingly:
reproduce a space defined by our own bodies.
Acrobat - Take, translate and give impulses. Be aware that you may have to repeat your movement.
Alchemist - You have a big book. Record the whole situation using words, images and imaginary signs. You are also responsible for giving a laws or a situation a meaningful sign, and for translating it back into the original situation or law. Your special ability is to freeze the whole space (if you need time to write down signs).
Musician - You make music.
Queen of the Birds - You are allowed to hover over the situation and even to leave the space. But you must be a bird (or toad) and you must not interfere with anyone. You are the only one allowed to talk to the audience. Your special ability is to summon the elements water, wind, earth and fire.
Join one of these collective bodies.
During the game, you may play cards. Do the gesture connected with the card you want to play, and wait until you have everybody's attention.
Delusion: You replace one physical object by an imaginary object. Make sure everyone has a vivid impression of the new imaginary object.
Illusion: You replace an imaginary object by another physical object.
Law: present a new rule or ritual that everyone has to follow. Practise with the group until everyone has memorized it. → Then, the alchemist has to record this law in her book, and be able to present it back to the group.
Anarchy: present an existing law. Everyone instantly has to forget it.
Roleswitch: switch a role. You have to freeze, and while staying frozen, slowly transform into the new role.
☆If you experienced an interesting situation, you can use these cards to repeat and save it. If you feel the current situation is drab, you can use the load card to playback a saved situation. This way, you can also combine separate situations to a series, i.e. choreography:
These are just examples of where we could go: a shadow theatre, a parking structure, a forest, a lake, a dance studio, a garden, ...
We also want to explore unusual times and conditions: how do we play before sunrise? In the rain? For more than 5 hours? For less than ten minutes? In a very small or very big space?
As soon as we feel like we got a nice composition, we will open up these spaces to audiences, and perform. We may want to create objects or costumes. depends on us.
This workshop is part of a research on empty (or disconnected) spaces and their emancipative power:
Encounters in an Empty Space