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Will Rawls
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If a choreographic dispositif offers a framework for making sense of a performance's language, a disnegatif could perhaps embrace the choreographic engines that make things fall apart. Rooted in theories of black performance and ambiguity, we will spend this time together thinking and discussing bodies as the zero degree of where racial marks appear and how systems of meaning-making reinforce these. The question is, what falls apart when we refuse choreography as a tool for sense-making? What, then, can sensitise us to each other, to our particular sources and disperse us across a terrain of possible new relational positions? When sense unravels, other priorities and faculties emerge, entangled, like all bodies are, among objects, flesh, utterance and space. Inherent in our research is the question of what right do we have to make sense of each other, and what tools do we think we have for doing so. As daily physical and discursive engagement, we will propose invented and known forms of practising being together and being apart, towards, what exactly, it is hard to say. It starts with announcing the negative of what we know to be true, each day.


Will Rawls is a choreographer, writer and dancer based in Brooklyn, NY. His practice combines dance with other media to investigate the poetics of blackness, ambiguity and abstraction. Rawls has presented his work at The Chocolate Factory, MoMA PS1, Performa 15, The Whitney Museum of American Art, [8:tension]/ImPulsTanz and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. In addition to presenting his own performances, he collaborated with Ishmael Houston-Jones to co-curate the Danspace Project Platform 2016: Lost and Found. Focusing on the intergenerational impact of the AIDS epidemic on dancers, women and people of colour, he helped organise performances, reconstructions, discussions and co-edited the catalogue, Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now. His other writings have been published by Artforum, Triple Canopy, les presses du réel, The Museum of Modern Art, The Hammer Museum. He is recipient of a Prix Jardin d'Europe (2016) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2017). As an interpreter, Rawls has worked with Marina Abramovic, Jerome Bel, Alain Buffard, Xavier Le Roy, Björn Safsten and Tino Sehgal.


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