soft practice with Jamila Johnson-Small
FRI 16th September 2016 |
FRI 23rd September 2016 |
FRI 30th September 2016 |
i make dances that aim to become spaces (on stage, in corners, on screens, in rooms) with no single direction and no clear intentions, harbouring no desire to be useful other than to make gestures towards decentralised power and non-hierarchical structures for existing.
dancing can be a radical social proposition, and i am interested in it as something that everybody does in their own particular way - the criteria that make something a dance are totally specific in each case and for each person, like an uncapturable aesthetic/spiritual/physical/social/internal thing that is expressive but you couldn't say of what exactly. the information about histories and environments that bodies carry i see as content that has the potential for talking about the world and its fuckery, or building temporary ways of being otherwise.
my dance practice attempts to embrace ideas of borderless-ness, being open to influence - from the environment and internal landscapes - tracing influences on, and affectation in, dancing and understanding personal and socio-political content as form - technical and choreographic.
workshops terrify me. i don’t want to learn anything - i feel too old to be able to let anything in because after a few decades of being alive i have been exposed too much to the dubious power-relations in rooms supposedly for education and learning, i have realised that a lot of what i have learned has been some training in obedience and subliminal correction. maybe i am just another neurotic londoner, woke just enough to make some stylistic statements of resistance and passive just enough to get jobs and get by in this world that establishes and feeds off of my ‘otherness'.
point being: techno-meditations on states of being and coping with being and bodies and other people and all that mad energy i.e. some dancing, to some music, with some words to encourage, to ignore, to suggest, to convince, to seduce, to say a daily prayer that is a manifesto that is a fuck you that is whatever it needs to be.