When: Monday 8th April, 7.30pm
An exploration into identity, the senses and how culture shapes what we see. Choreographers Amy Toner and Eve Zandi reveal their practice and approach and how the choreographic form itself encourages us to look differently.
Beneath Her Eyes, originally commissioned by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, is a physical and olfactory response to F.T Marinetti’s poem, ‘Ritratto Olfattivo di una Donna’ (1932) (Olfactory Portrait of a Woman). Marinetti’s futurist art work describes a portrait of a women through scent, rejecting visual aesthetics. Inspired by Marinetti’s rejection, Beneath Her Eyes, upturns the visual perception of the female body on stage and explores notions of beauty, the male gaze and the olfactory body of a woman.
Offbeat is a performance for one dancer based on a research on the controversy of manspreading. Manspreading is the concept that defines a man’s habit of spreading legs apart in public transports. It has been regarded as a form of gender domination. The research draws from the question of the perception of genders through body postures and intends to tackle its political underlignment. What is a masculine posture? What body parts are involved in the portrayal of feminity? What are the elements of a dominant or a withdrawn presence?
Offbeat is the first piece of a photo-graphic trilogy of performances researching the concept of norm. It sets its focus on the way social norms are embedded in our bodies. Three different conditions of norms are studied: the ordinary context (Offbeat), the non-ordinary (Jolt), the bizarre (title to come), thus forming a composition at the junction of dance and social sciences.
Date(s) - Monday 8 April, 2019