DANCE IS HARD TO SEE proclaimed Yvonne Rainer right n a middle of post-modern dance revolution officially recognized as the beginnings of contemporary choreographic practices.With this revolution, we associate today, first of all, the slogan of the “democratization of dance,” a direct consequence of which was dance artists’ preoccupation with quotidian movement. Contesting the notion of virtuosity, it radicallyexpanded the vocabulary of dance with ordinary activities such as running or walking. That allowed choreographers to createan egalitarian community of actors and spectators and to reveal an omnipresent but still not clearly perceived choreography of the every-day.
In reality, as Rainer points out above (consciously playing with the double notion of“to see”) , the post-modern artists meant actually something more: they called for a totally new way of looking at, and seeing the movement and its special organization – the CHOREOGRAPHY – which (still) escaped our perception.
For to see means to understand and perceive in its all complexity.This particular tactic of visualization (not limited only to the re-definition of the dance medium itself) seems to be one of the most interesting areas of choreographic research today. It is a strategy of simultaneous uncovering seams and revealing the structure of the composition; a strategy of operating with detached from the natural context and subjected to a special organization, still a perfectly recognizable material constituting the substance of- both physical and visual - metaphors. Metaphors that successfully diagnose both individual and social as well as political condition. It is an artistic and critical transformation of the multifaceted reality that surrounds us, to make visible (possible to perceive and understand) the mechanisms that govern it. It is also a simultaneous practice of counter-visualization, of creating new ways of seeing, actually, the strategy of "un-seeing" of imposed on us externally and artificially naturalized ways of perceiving the body and the world and of creating their new representations.
In the crack between visual artsand (traditionally understood) dance – that’s where placed choreography Trisha Brown, another seminal post-modern choreographer. This crackhas been constantly expanding since then, revealing its operational field – the field of art consciously and with handfuls drawing from other disciplines and celebrating its natural fluid space of INBETWEEN.
It is exactly there where we invite you yet again during another edition of our program at Malta Festival!
Behind us there are 15 exciting years dedicated to contemporary choreography – its presentation, creationand widening thefield of its perception.
Once again, set off with us to where (not only human and inhuman) bodies but as well images, sounds, thoughts, ideas and ideologiesare put in motion. And where we can look together and see still more and more. And where choreography, removed from the literal and metaphorical periphery,remains in the very center of attentionand since 2004.
Program curator: Joanna Leśnierowska