The Critical Engagement Series brings together audiences & choreographers in hopes to reveal some of the mystery surrounding the language around dance & the unique practices of individual choreographers. We start with the question: What does the choreographer need at this particular moment in their process & how might this also serve the wider community?
Come on May 10th 8:30pm to experience what Lu Yim has been working on/with. We watch and afterwards we discuss over drinks + Food. $5-$10 (sliding scale)
The work: Now Dynasty Beneath the Stormy Water is activated through a tension wavering between objecthood and subjecthood. As it reclaims found objects of mysterious and suspect origins, it also consumes them, placing the body within an uncanny eroticism. If the body is a question what of questioning it further?
Note from the Artist:
Nothing is ever as simple as language makes it, which is one reason why I dance.
I found an object at a yard sale, a reproduction teapot with an unnameable quality that spoke to my body. It cost me a dollar so stakes were low. I wondered who would mass produce such a thing. I wondered what it was a copy of a copy of. I searched tea, teapots, researching the history of trade, ship routes, train lines, the sharing and stealing of material, the blood on hands.
In this search for origin points I found myself interested in the body that is not of one singular place, that does not face one identifiable direction, but that is actively re and dis-orienting through stealth subversion tactics. Joy in survival. Reading it like a question. In this process I am facing objects like mirrors but not of myself, so of who? and also seeing them as portals, but to where? How to locate language when it is broken. How to locate truth when the body is stuck in language. To speak broken english is not a pejorative. First refuse, then offer something else. This requires the presence of friends and trusted colleagues so please come to this in-progress mess of a thing and shine your lights on it.
photo by Hiroki Nishitaki