This performance project combines the disciplines of dance, theater, philosophy, and politics. It attempts to break down a traditional understanding of space, time, and the materialization of the body. My goal is to make research on decolonization practices visible, addressing the complex realities that affect the body. I will connect literature working with different decolonial theories and somatic practices with corporeal research inspired by participants' stories and movements. Together, we will develop a final presentation to include the audience in the research conducted during the project period. The result is open and flexible, can vary according to the discussion during the process, and can appear in different formats.
It is essential to highlight how aesthetics is commonly defined from a Euro-American perspective. It is constantly (re)normalized in relation to time (based on the Euro-American present), space (imposed on non-Western countries), and shapes notions of the body. Therefore, it is important to recognize different contexts, political implications, and the pluriversality in our existence. The main questions are how internalized body images influence our movement choices, how we build connections, and how we relate to time and space.
Re-thinking time-space-body together provides a new understanding of their relational aspects. Thus, to understand what territorializes our bodies is to question the regulations imposed on them to prevent them from becoming the framework for the inscription of power.
Additionally there is a Contemporary class Jorge Bascuñan from 31.10. – 14.12.2022 | Mon & Wed 18:10-19:40
The class will provide tools to explore the physical and sensory aspects of our bodies. The structure is shaped from a warm-up inspired by somatic practices, anatomy, and martial arts, followed by floorwork elements seeking moments of (contact) improvisation. With the lens on the physical forces observed in the transfer of weight, balance, flow, and rhythmic dynamics, the aim is to find an autonomy of creation and identity in the relationship between the bodies. I am looking for playful moments to step out of our comfort zones. From individual to collective investigations, we activate our presence to generate an available body.