We know the dance of yesterday and are surrounded by the dance of today, but what must we do to imagine a dance out of time? Where can we find it and what does it look like, or even sound like? Does out of time occupy the future, and if so, are we not already there? ‘Example’ concretizes these questions, invoking the spectator to create choreography in their own mind’s eye. We start in the black, in a dark and cold northern landscape and are promptly re-situated in the stark and actual architectural, historical and geometrical qualities of the precise theatre space. There then follows a journey through an imaginary and fictional landscape that eventually lays the ground, ‘sets’ the stage, so to say, for a dance out of time. After having been persuaded by our individual, discrete visualizations we are finally addressed together by a dance that insists on immediacy.
In an attempt to activate a space or method that exists between the solitary and the collective I initiated a 10 day workspace situation of working alone together and together alone. 4 artists independently pursued activities relevant to each of them in parallel time and space. What surfaced was a specific mutuality and interdependence that was scarce on compromise and negative obligation. And a dance solo. This is it and it is called ‘Example’.
Choregraphed and danced by Zoë Poluch. With Chrisander Brun, Moriah Evans, Kim Hiorthoy, Nadja Hjorton, Anders Jacobson, Martin Kilvady, Anna Koch, Efva Lilja, Stina Nyberg, Tilman O’Donnell, Halla Ólafsdóttir, Rasmus Ölme, Chrysa Parkinson, Juli Reinartz, Petra Sabisch, Mårten Spångberg, Jens Strandberg and Uri Turkenich.
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MDT, Stockholm, Sweden, December 2011
Dear ___________________ ,
My name is Zoë Poluch and I am a choreographer living in Stockholm. You are warmly invited to the first Dance of The Future entitled ‘Example’. For the past two weeks I have been working, alongside three other artists Chrisander Brun, Halla Olafsdottir and Jens Strandberg in the foyer of MDT, a venue for contemporary choreography and performance and an international co-production platform. This work is called ‘As If’ and is done in the context of completing my Masters Degree in Choreography. I send you this letter since you are the person responsible for programming or curating the art space __________________________________ .
In an attempt to activate a space or method that exists between the solitary and the collective I initiated a 10 day workspace situation of working alone together and together alone. We each independently pursued activities relevant to our work in parallel time and space. From Day 1 we went into partnership with each other by using the form of the contract. This put into motion diverging purpose and ensured that certain activities are performed during the working period and certain others prolong into the future. These contracts contributed to shaping a specific mutuality and interdependence that is scarce on compromise and negative obligation.
These 10 days supported the making of ‘Example’, which is the first embodiment of the Dance of The Future. This Future is more than a performance. It is also a proposal, a demand, a hope to prolong its life. As a Dance that is decidedly out of time, it does not yet know what it is and must reproduce its capacities to exist. I would, therefore, kindly ask you to support this possibility by inviting ‘As If’, the workspace situation with myself, Chrisander, Halla and Jens into your venue in the future. Is this a residency? No. It does not produce a specific and defined work but rather the possibility of work itself. Is this a performance? No. It may one day become one, or some viewers could perceive the activities in the space as such but that is not the aim. This is an effort to challenge assumptions, understanding or even qualifications of what an encounter can be and who it is that does the encountering.
This is just the beginning. The Dance of The Future is unknown and we have no choice but to go towards it. Next week, with the performance of ‘Example’ I would very much like to meet you face to face and think into the Future.
MDT, Slupskjulsvägen 30, on stage December 15th and 16th at 20h.
Thank you for your time,