‘there are strict punishments for contesting the script by performing out of turn or through unwarranted improvisations’
Judith Butler, 1988
This workshop is a development of a series of incarnations of work under the same title that have explored choreographies of basic postures and gestures. .
Posture, gesture and action can be thought of as providing tools to explore issues of identity, gender and sexualities as (re)presented to others through the performative actions of the subject. The workshop will interrogate (un)conscious kinaesthetic choices made by the conventional binary identified that can be opened up to flux by a fluid non-binary identified subject?
The workshop/performance aims to provide tools for reflecting upon coded movement behaviour and to surface the human capacity to switch fluidly between them by using written prompts/guide/instructions - a kind of ‘dish’ – as guide for such ‘improvisations’.
Within a supportive space aimed at promoting an environment of collective experience, ‘a la carte’ movement ‘menus’ along with drinks (non-alcoholic) and nibbles will be on offer to allow viewers to acclimatize to the idea of participation. Viewers can become participants (though they can alternatively elect to have a helper perform the chosen movement ‘dish’) by selecting a ‘dish’ and after some easily accessible preparation entering the performing area to interpret the simple set of instructions (dish) to perform a short (2 minute) movement sequence.
Their actions will be lit and accompanied by sound as a means of providing for the ‘performance’ to be distanced from every day experience in order to facilitate a freedom to play with movement without the fear of value judgments that may inhibit everyday behaviour. Simple theatre lighting will set the ‘performance’ space - e.g. a conventional profile light shuttered into a shape like rectangle or a circle. The sound score is tailored to each dish and will also help to signal when to start and finish. Computers will control the lighting and sound states which will be activated by the participant when they are ready to ‘perform’ via a key stroke on normal QWERTY keyboard.
After each short ‘performance ‘ there will be an opportunity for guided self -reflection and, if appropriate, a supported feedback process that facilitates the ‘performer’ to ask questions of their audience about how they witnessed their movement. Respondents will be guided to use non evaluative language in order to be supportive of fellow workshop participants.
Shown at EuroBiCon, Amsterdam 2016