I ASK YOU THIS…
“I Ask You This…” was a performance that explored displacement gesture and uncommon boundaries as a site-responsive performance work.
Within the cartography of being in an open space for three days, I explored my development of everyday choreographies, movements and gestures, performative texts and encounters as process for translating peripheral embodied space. In performing a movement meditation of slow gestures, I explored and played out the relationship between escape, anchorage, and embodied memory. Feeling my way through the intimacy and fragility of boundaries, it became a dance of both presence and absence. The shifting body providing more questions than answers. An unmapped journey…
I place a large white bag, a container larger than my body, on the floor.
I open it up, like an enormous envelope, the sound interrupting the space, like a cracking from a hollow. For some time, my hands slowly smooth its corners, explore its hidden folds.
And then I climb inside. A body within a body.
I hold a piece of metal. A heavy scaffold bolt.
It performs as anchor, as bone, as spine, as shackle…
It performs with me, in part procallus.
Fragile boundaries blurring, I am my own stowaway…
My body slowly turns, folds in on itself, curves, pushes, retracts.
I ask to be free and I asked to be held. I am asking this of myself.
The audience here today passes by, but next time should I ask…
hold or release?
The walls of the bag begin to cave in, enveloping my body.
I watch the ceiling disappear through a reducing slit of space.
Someone’s face appears, and quickly retracts.
The bag envelopes me completely.
I stay still. Silent.
It has called time.