Embrace Performance Project.
What is an embrace for you? Can you remember your last embrace?
In this performance we investigate an embrace and its resonance, as a memory as an energetic form, as a symbol of unity.
As our bodies remember past embraces, embrace a new present, a new connection with space is established.
performers: Rebecca D’Andrea, Eva Martino, Nicolle Vieira.
concept and choreography: Rebecca D’Andrea
research documentation: Katie Hall
Berlin, Space K77, September 2012, as part of P.O.R.C.H. Ponderosa final performances.
Bristol, Circomedia , November 2012, as part of Testing Grounds Platform.
In this performance we start by researching our own individual paths related to a memory of an embrace, moving onto looking for different ways of ’embracing’ the space around us . When we finally feel that this task has come to a resolution somehow, we wake up to the present moment, and start perceiving each other’s presence in space.
As we move we look for one another with our eyes closed..wandering if a wisdom within the body will lead us to meet in a new way.
When we finally embrace, it seems like the all of the space comes together at once.
The embrace holds the space. The space embraces us within it.”
from:‘Embrace’ Composition (written in collaboration with Katie Hall and people being interviewed)
”and finally when do you spontaneously feel like you could be embracing anyone/anything?
..could it really be anyone?
When I am most full filled and happy cause I feel I am living in the present moment, I don’t need to repress any part of me ..
When I have liberated all my anxieties and thoughts just by expressing them without attachment to it,
then my heart has space to sing loud and clear.
When I haven’t been afraid to share myself for fear of judgement..when in all of this I played with irony,
then I feel like I can spontaneously embrace anyone…unconditionally
The other day a stranger asked me to hug him as I was passing by in the street and so we did.
I felt we gave each other something, then we simply continued our separate paths..
Shaking hands would have been a bit more formal but still quite a direct way to exchange a quick physical acknowledgement of our existence…in a reality that has lost a lot of touch…with non virtual communication….”