My field of research is butoh dance and creative movement. I explore specific ways to approach the body and the elements of movement, with particular attention to the role of proprioceptors as well as internal movement, in search of a personal, authentic and unique way of dancing.
The focus of my work is both on the research and the presentation of my findings.
I develop tools for conscious movement and employ them to bring my visions alive.
This can take the shape of a theatrical piece, an interactive performance, a site specific action and can take place in any kind of non-conventional setting such as, urban spaces, clubs or art galleries.
The occasion presently offered to me by EAF to have a room at my disposal for the whole duration of the 48 hour Lost exhibition, seemed to me as a rare opportunity to test myself in a radical way while at the same time experiencing unknown outcomes, either mentally, bodily and in relation with the audience.
I decided to use this occasion to explore publicly what would happen to my body and mind if secluded in isolation for 2 days, blindfolded, acoustically isolated and living with as much as possible the same condition as an inmate in solitary isolation, with the exception that I determine my own condition willingly and I have the keys to my freedom at any time. Although I consider the practice of isolation in prison a form of torture, this is not a protest. It is a shared process of sinking in the depth of my own body and mind.
Originality is not the point of this experience, endurance performances have been around since the very beginning of performative art, and self-detention, in particular the work of artists like Techching Hsieh in the 1960s and the many that have followed.
The purpose of this exploration through seclusion is therefore to realize an encounter with a deeper self inside of me and to offer it to the viewer in the form of my own transformative presence.
At the same time the action activates metaphors on many levels, inviting a reflection about the meaning of freedom in our society and the illusion of control over our own lives.
Loosing Control, a 48h performance.