Choreography as Gift (2017-2018)

Studio research project and performance with Lucette Baron-Bonarjee
Cinematography and photography | Arata Mori
Screened in The Curves of the Hours at Nakanojo Biennale, 2017
Performance at Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte, 2018


In the dance studio, another tempo reveals itself – if you’re lucky. To cross the threshold is to enter an unexpected rhythm, the possibility of a portal out of the quotidian, its habits and patterns of thought.

A life in the home, with its obligations, duties and roles, also has an order of time, and with it, come the structures of family, the sedimented relations that prevent the vulnerable encounter. I invited my mother, Lucette, to step out of that space and ino the studio with me, to spend a week together, wallowing in the messy time of the unknown, the unstructured time of being there, the unpredictable time of wanting to be creative‘, and its frustrations, explorations and moments of rapture. Through questions, silences, improvisations, we moved through our thinking – wondering who was the choreographer, who was the dancer and what we were doing in this room together.

And the gift? – from these two bodies stretching out in time, that both emit time, that also contain time, time itself begins to appear.

Performance at Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte, April 2018

[photos: Ronald Spratte]

One thought on “Choreography as Gift (2017-2018)

  1. DOMINIQUE EXCELLED IN THE CHOREOGRAPHY IN THIS PERFORMANCE . THE 40 MINUTES THE PERFORMANCE LASTED KEPT ME IN RAPT ATTENTION . THE TWO PEOPLE IN THE PERFORMANCE SO MUCH ALIKE BUT SEPERATED BY MORE THAN A GENERATION ARE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER . THE SLOWNESS OF THE MOVEMENTS EMPHASISES THE AGING PROCESS .IT IS THE YOUTHFULNESS OF DOMINIQUE THAT SHOWS IN HER SUPLENESS AND GRACE AS SHE SLOWLY PERFORMS HER ACT WHILE HER MOTHER EQUALLY WITH GRACEE AND GREAT POISE FOR AN OCTOGENARIAN PERFORMS THE MOVEMENTS AND THE COLLAPSE FOLLOWED BY COMING TO THE UPRIGHT WITH GREAT INNER STRNGTH AND DETERMINATION .. I WAS FULL OF ADMIRATION HOW SUCCESSFULLY SHE HAD PERFORMED WITH HER DAUGHTER NEARLY HALF HER AGE WITHOUT A FAUX PAS . THE APPLAUSE WAS GREATLY MERITED ,AND PROVED THAT WITH THE ONWARD MARCH OF TIME WE CAN ,IF WE CHOOSE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE WITH PROPER EXCERCISE ,WITHOUT BEING A THEATR.E ARTIST , CONSERVE ONES MENTAL AND PHYSICAL FACULTIES AND APPEARANCE . IT WAS FOR ME , AT LEAST , THE UNFORGETTABLE IMPRESSION LEFT FROM THIS PERFORMANCE THAT UNFOLDS AS A DREAM EMPHASISING YOUTH AND AGE , HOW THEY CAN PERFECTLY COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER .

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