An immersive looping 2 hour performance
Commissioned by Sadler's Wells. Co-commissioned by Cambridge Junction and Chelsea Theatre (2015). Supported by MDI (Merseyside Dance Initiative) with residency development and preview at LEAP 2017
Made in collaboration with Verity Susman (Sound Composition) and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen/Charley Fone (Set Design).
Performed with the assistance of Fernanda Munńoz-Newsome, Malik Nashad-Sharpe and Katarzyna Perlak.
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline.
- T.S. Elliot Burnt Norton (No. 1 of 'Four Quartets’)
A dance as cartography, Project O map the movement of their memories and the gaps in their knowledge of what went on before, those histories that are repeatedly erased by being unspoken. Training their bodies to fall through time, communing with ghosts, conjuring new futures and describing a misremembered past, this dance is an ode to the present. A science fiction that addresses the desire, confusion and responsibility of being a single subject who is also a symbol of many long-persecuted people, whose faces shimmer behind and beside our own in the eyes of others.
Image by Katarzyna Perlak and Jack Barraclough