Not Meant To Be / Solo (Twinless?) is a journey that plows through because there is no other way, then discovers and realizes integration across a series of intimately close video and sensuously moved live performance segments. Sometimes understanding is not a linear process and un-you-sual moments reveal a new you now much more you than you ever knew yourself before...
A sort-of-solo by and with Petra van Noort.
As an exercise in honing my voice as a choreographer I have been engaging, for the last 4 years (2015-2019), with the various sections of this piece, on the topic of Vanishing Twin Syndrome.
I have had the privilege of sharing sections of the work in vastly varying settings: at a retreat in California, at residencies in Massachusetts and on a porch in Maine, at studio sharings in New York and on a tennis court in Tuscany, Italy, and have had an opportunity to craft it further during a residency in Malmö, Sweden. The piece consists of 7 sections, 3 live performance and 4 video sections, and has not yet been performed in it's entirety. It is about 45 minutes in length.
The topic of Vanishing Twin Syndrome is dear to my heart as I have been learning about trauma -and this syndrome- and how un- or under-processed energies get stored in the body which then disturb the harmonious flow of energy throughout our entire systems.
Trauma effects more people than you think. Did you know that prolonged exposure to a stressful situation that makes you feel less-than-safe and thus less-than-relaxed, can create the same effect in your body as an acute traumatic event? I have also learned that there are effective and gentle ways to become consciously aware of these stored energies. Becoming aware of and learning how to work with these energies will release their subconscious effects on the system and allow the trauma-inflicted individual to reclaim these energies and as a result become more "whole" (aka: healing) and well again.
Unprocessed, subconscious trauma effects us greatly in our every day functioning at foundational levels that effect our ability to take care of ourselves and our ability to find stillness. It is my hope that increasing awareness around trauma, it's vast presence in our world and the newest, effective somatic treatment methods can add to a more calm world.
In 2020 I aim to craft a DVD of this work, combining it with additional educational materials about Vanishing Twin Syndrome and the deep and lasting impact it can have on people's lives and what can be done...
October 18 & 19, 2019 at 8pm
Take Root at Green Space
Long Island City, NYC
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This production has been supported by efforts of many including Maria Naidu, Peter Sciscioli, generous support from the International Dance Program of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, generous help from the Digital Media Initiative at Gibney, and Take Root at Green Space.
o t i t o - one thing into the other is a performative design piece by and with Sondra Graff and Petra van Noort. You'll find more info about Parallel Intersections, our earlier stage process here. Can umbrellas protect against the torrents of grief, can some satisfaction appease the growling tugs of our desires, can untethering from gravity invoke levity in the serious business of life-questing and -questioning...We investigate with a usually unwavering belief in magic. We collage and craft our work because we are trying to recreate a peace/harmony that we know exists. We're trying to remember how it feels, how to manifest and retain it, how to make the subconscious again conscious. How does 1+ 1 make much more than 2? We seek to meld the somatic and visual in forms that integrate combined practice.
December 6, 2019, 5pm-8pm
Maine College of Art (MECA), First Friday Art Walk
Part of the DesignInquiry: Futurespective exhibition
This production has received additional inspiration at residencies curated by Design Inquiry (2018 and 2019) and by the works of inquirers present at these residencies.