I took some notes on the time I spent in glór studio last week going through movement patterns thinking about the performance event I applied to participate in with LiveStock Live, a Dublin based performance collective. The event is next Sunday. I didn’t realise until they had published the poster that the event is on a 7pm in the evening, which is pretty inconvenient for me and means I will have to travel home on the train the next morning. Shoulda checked!
The proposal I sent in was as follows:
A durational performance of approximately 10 – 15 minutes. The performance will consist of
physical gestures broken down into small actions, performed repeatedly, each time
increasing in range intensity and length and also responding to the presence and geography
of the space.
A physical performative response to the consideration of suspended time.
I am very affected by how my child reacts when they get hurt. There is a moment I have
experienced many times, when I see my child get a knock or a scrape. They will initially
freeze in shock. This moment is literally a couple of seconds, but feels much longer. In this
moment I watch their pain and grief slowly well up like an overflowing sink. Then an intake
of breath and the wail begins, then grows, swelling in intensity, shock and rage, to a scream.
I want to consider and explore this brief frozen moment before the response, this little
pause, this suspended space which can feel like being in a purgatorial lift. It will inevitably
reach the intended floor, but how long will it take? I am interested in all that can be
contained within this space; its potential and its threat.
Here are the notes I took last week:
heading back there this morning to try again.
OOOff. Watching the recordings of movement sessions is not easy. However its helpful as it shows how essentially boring it is to look at. Yes yes I know PA doesn’t have to be entertaining. However its boring, and therefore as I am a boredphobic I shall have to remedy. I think, faster, more repetition, less large movements. Think about moving from a starting point outwards , in a series of 5 rep gestures.