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Unsettling Modernism / Performing Improvisation
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"The state is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behaviour; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently toward one another..." – Gustav Landauer
Modernism is so persistent. Like capitalism, it is flexible and somehow steals the life out of all experimentation and resistance. Rejecting humanism as a colonial/racist invention, let's attempt to re-imagine improvisation for non-Humans. We are objects, beasts, fugitives, fantasies, what else...? Slaves, women, queer, immigrants, nomads, workers, dancers... all have been excluded from the status and rights of Humans in the development of the liberal state at one time or another. Who gets to decide who or what is human and who is not? Is another world possible? Let's try a dance alongside, underneath, virtual, unconscious, in/visible, in a reconsideration of both Human and Performance.
Physical practice includes:
• Rituals of breathing, shaking, fake healing, and pretended funeral.
• Deeper listening and more complex sensing.
• Using choreography, trance, play, refusal... to touch the not-yet and hear the not-said.
• Post/Contact Improvisations, interventions and investigations of duet negotiation, collaboration, struggle, resistance, and consensus.
• Learning to work-play-live alone.
• Learning to work-play-live together.
• Talking Afro pessimism, feminism, border theory, (post)humanism, (anti)racism, queer and failure.
ArtistBio: Keith Hennessy