I FEEL YOUR WEIGHT AND MY…
Workshop and live performance
Workshop culminating in 1-2 hour performance with blindfolds, and gaffer tape.
Concept & Choreography: Richard Hancock & Traci Kelly
Performance (DE): Angelina Gardner, Richard Hancock, Traci Kelly, Litsa Kiousi, Àfrica Martinez Alissa Romanow, Felix Ruckert, Jutta Schulzki, Esther-Maria Ufer, Allison Wyper, and Wayne Yung
Performance (UK): Hannah Cripps, Sorrell Dickson, Briony Featon, Holly Frier, Naseem Manavi, Cat Palfreyman, Kaz Riley, Laura Shead, Mark Soley, Jessica Spencer, Fiona Stevenson, Ryan Taggart, Tina Tay, and Ayas Uddin
In a space between binaries… between body and mind… between self and other… between holding on and letting go… I am unable to watch and unwilling to look away… between inside and out… between then and now… between sucking in and breathing out… I bare witness……I am slave to your rhythms
The collaborative practice of hancock & kelly is built on a long-term engagement with the body as a shifting set of cultural and material circumstances. The body is considered as a site on which a fluid and unstable set of power relations are set into play.
Building on a series of exercises developed by hancock & kelly, and drawing on those of other practitioners and the discipline of Authentic Movement, I Feel Your Weight and My… is a workshop is designed to test the physical, conceptual, and emotional limits of the body. Participants are encouraged to experience the breaking points of their own physicality while tracing the edges of their colleagues’ own collapse.
The workshop focuses on sensory engagements at the point of failure. Specific attention is paid to the logging of that experience, and to the role of the body as witness and eventual testament. How is the body, and its performance, framed by the witness and their testimony? How does language and testimony serve to locate and orient the body? How are our bodies oriented, and where do those trajectories take us?
The workshop culminates in a public performance inspired by the process.
Schwelle7, Berlin, DE (2009)
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK (2009)
Photo credits: Mathew Lewis
Video credit: Liz Rosenfeld