The invitation is to maintain your cellular phone turned on and even to make use of it. And it is not a mistake. As a result of BODY reminiscence it’s a present that’s made along with the spectators. Actually. The general public organized on the 4 sides of the stage, on which 5 performers and a singer stand in steady dialogue with one another, are known as to actively take part by ‘fiddling’ with their cellphones. Going past the normal frontal view, the arena-like disposition of the spectators goals to create a extra participatory, participating and ‘immersive’ notion, in a scenario of steadiness each between the spectators themselves and between them and whoever is on stage.
Of dance writing BODY reminiscence – on this kind an absolute premiere – offered on the LAC in Lugano on Wednesday 18 (8.30 pm), the authors communicate to us Ariella Vidachchoreographer and dancer, e Claudius Prativideo artist.
How did the concept of such an interactive present come about?
Vidach: it had a really lengthy gestation, which started even earlier than the pandemic. We had beforehand had an fascinating expertise with a undertaking involving asylum seekers. This had given us the chance to get to know different cultures and alternative ways of working with the motion. The thought of the physique and of the reminiscence of the physique is confronted above all as a result of we are actually a lot solicited by a collection of recent our bodies, new cultures, new relationships which might be created in society. Moderately than contemplating that of dance solely a language of elite and pure analysis, but in addition a language that lets you enter right into a relationship with a altering world, it was determined to stage this kind of friction which generally additionally turns into a useful resource and alternatives for an exploration of recent physique languages in dance.
Meadows: now we have been engaged on interactivity since our first reveals, experimenting with applied sciences with an try and contain the viewers on a better stage. On this case, addressing these points, citizenships, new our bodies, we determined to narrate the physique of the dancer to the physique of the smartphone. That’s, that of the cellular phone, a type of physique that accommodates all our reminiscences (images, documentary supplies and so forth) and that we feature round as if it had been a warehouse. Briefly, a physique in our physique. Let’s consider the migrants, with whom we had labored beforehand: they convey only a few issues with them and the phone is considered one of them. An object that principally accommodates every little thing they’ve: the reminiscence of who they’re, of their relationships, of their expertise additionally when it comes to a future scenario. In BODY reminiscence the smartphone replaces interactive applied sciences resembling computer systems and movement seize methods. Nevertheless, the intention is that the day by day use of the cellular phone just isn’t repeated, a use that results in a sure isolation and to relating solely to the article; however that the cell phone additionally turns into a component of collective participation. So by way of a cellular course that now we have developed and a easy connection, viewers will be capable of obtain messages, sounds, colours and in flip ship texts, thus collaborating interactively within the scenes for which they’re invited to take action.
Vidach: in actual time the phrases written by each the viewers and the performers will likely be projected onto the screens of the telephones and onto the backdrops of the room, who in flip write and introduce themselves, giving the ‘la’ to a type of dialogue with the general public. A dialogue that the general public can welcome, by replying or suggesting. That is how persons are a part of the present.
What’s the objective of your work? What do you anticipate?
Vidach: relatively than objectives, I might communicate of necessity. He then responds to our wants, which we think about to be the identical as others. An essential side, which we really feel, is the feeling that attending a piece is now not sitting passively, but in addition feeling a part of the work. Work that should divulge heart’s contents to a extra participatory and interesting dimension. Therefore the usage of a phone, a expertise now accessible to everybody and subsequently additionally sustainable when it comes to prices. One other side is to provide viewers the chance to think about expertise, the previous, to recollect, to have a reminiscence and ultimately to have a soul. Reminiscence is what you’re and what you are feeling. And reminiscence exists, as a result of there are circumstances which have led to dwelling a life in a sure approach; whereas there are numerous totally different conditions. Subsequently, among the many wants there may be additionally that of posing the issue of a world that really has huge inequalities and nice imbalances. And consequently to place able to assume that artwork can be one thing else and never only a analysis linked to a language.
Meadows: to illustrate that our aim is inventive creation. Making artwork has all the time meant questioning the world, the connection between being and the world and the way this adjustments by way of the usage of new applied sciences. So far as we’re involved, inventive and technological analysis has all the time distinguished us and has been a standard thread that has guided us for thirty years.
By relating the spectators to the opposite spectators and to the performers on stage, an intimate sphere is made public. As a result of?
Meadows: as a result of principally it’s what characterizes the smartphone and social media. By these means, what was as soon as personal has turn out to be public. Then how a lot this impact is a desired ingredient and of which one is conscious is one other matter. In current occasions there appears to be a bent to reverse: earlier than the keenness was to make every little thing accessible to everybody, however in all probability a non-public and intimate sphere is much less to be shared.
So is that this a technique to make us assume?
Vidach: all the weather that distinguish this work have this aim, giving beginning to solutions: we have to assume and pay attention to one another just a little extra, know easy methods to use applied sciences in a extra participatory and inventive approach, much less isolating and standardized, not solely cope with of ourselves but in addition of every little thing round us.