an Écriture (féminine) for the body and the stage
Sound/voice training: Alessio Castellacci
Costume Manifacture: Peter Pleyer
In conversation with: Mariola Groener, Stephanie Maher
A production by Tanztage Berlin, 2012
Performed at: berlin tanztage 2012, Stary Browar Poznan 2014, Improvisation Festival Zagreb 2015, Wroclaw 2015, HZT Berlin 2016.
An inner dialogue, a body manifesto, a dance work for the stage created by ‘monologuing’ with Interior Scroll (1975), by Carolee Schneemann. The scroll is a papyrus, a site of knowledge that she recognizes as internal, intuitive and sacred. She extracted a text our of her genitalia, after a ritual-like set up, including posing in the nude, reading, covering herself in mud.
Display attempts a reflection upon the ambition of the dancer body to integrate modes of knowledge making, merging a methodological and linear approach with an experiential, perceptual, radial way of proceeding via a ‘carnivalesque’ embodied discourse.
It reflects upon the (female and dancer) body’s nuances of exposure, in a present state of becoming, weaving its lineages in this time where performance art and dance collide and move awkwardly forward.
Plus necessary narcissism, healing work, an ignorant approach to creation and the unattainable distancing of life from art making.
Excerpts from the original text read in Interior Scroll (1974) by Carolee Schneemann:
I met a happy man
A structuralist filmmaker
-but don’t call me that
it’s something else I do-
he said we are fond of you
you are charming
but don’t ask us
to look at your films
there are certain films we cannot look at
the personal clutter
the persistence of feelings
the hand-touch sensibility
the diaristic indulgence
the painterly mess
the dense gestalt
the primitive techniques […]
[…]he told me he had lived with
a “sculptress I asked does
that make me a “film-makeress”?
“Oh no,” he said. “We think of you
as a dancer.”
Photos by Paulo Melo