It was an interesting Wednesday night when I should find an interesting approach dancing as a way of mourning. Using their bodies to express the pressure of any political system in the human group living under those rules and limits has never been so sincere.
The workings of the choreographer’s mind were used to rebel against a system, which told you Arts is a way of wasting your life. An interesting point of view when usually Artists think about Labour as the irrelevant way of using your time. Julie-Anne Long, a celebrated dance and performance artist gave a good view about her vision of Politics and the desire of accumulation next to her free spirit, which is connected with evocative and delicate ways these perfomers (Bhenji Ra and Ivey Wawn are also part of this project) revealed in a bespoke series of ‘dance lecture’ events.
They combine storytelling with movement and images, this series traces connections between real-life stories, the big topics of our time – climate change, the female body and social co-operation – and dance.
Ivey Wawn combines knowledge from science, politics and popular culture to reveal how the social choreographies we live within might be something we can also reconfigure. Ivey draws on poetics from observations of microbial and economic processes to develop choreographic blueprints for the human scale. Her current research considers how speculative practices, especially those concerning debt, manipulate the relations between past, present and future.
Late Night Library: Talking Bodies is produced by the City of Sydney, presented in collaboration with co-curators Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey, in conjunction with Critical Path’s March Dance Festival.
Being someone who feels the same interest of using writing skills to exhibit learning process. I found their exhibition of dance and Politics very interesting. Particularly, when after her lecture, she couldn’t avoid saying “I need to give you something” before dancing. Ironically, she was absolutely immerse in the vision of the market on how all we must to participate in the system. She laughed when I called her attention to the topic. It was something unexpected but she couldn’t deny her need of working all the time.
Perhaps, dancing is her way to break off from the endlessly need of working and producing in the market. This conference will make you search for your own way of shaking off from the limits any system impose on you. Being you is the ultimate goal. That is what I found exciting from Talking bodies by Ivey Wawn.