Human bodies are not simply subject to the Newtonian laws of inertia and momentum, and the space we inhabit and move in is not mere matter. The inter-relation is not simply one of active body to objective space. There are layers of relationship. There is an inner experience of the moving or resting body as it feels itself moving or pausing at a given moment in time and space. And there exists Genius Loci, the distinctive atmosphere of a place, or the guardian deity of a place (if we allow a deeper imagination) that in turn comes to meet with the feeling body.
Gaston Bachelard (French Philosopher 1884-1962) spent his life exploring what he calls The Poetics of Space. He defines the way we experience the architecture of space as influenced by and resonating with or mirroring the inner landscape of our psyche. He speaks of space as a fluid thing, and he argues that we must engage with reverie to expand our relationship with space/place. The evolution of the human psyche and of human life is dependent on how we interface with the spaces, places, sites and the cities we inhabit and move in.
Banner photo by Yalitsa Riden.
Costume Design by Fernando Mialski
Photos by Clelia Rinaldi & Ati Salvaro
Special Thanks to Pete Telfer for developmental feedback.
Special Thanks to Polyxeni Canditi Dalloway Stavrou for the invitation to perform with her in her project at Espace Menosuno.
Notes on process : I found myself awakening very old instincts in the body. Somewhere deep down the body remembers how to protect itself in the wild. First I looked for a location that naturally could serve as a bed. I found a ledge of rock and a tree beside. I used this as a frame from which to build. I then made a skeleton from branches, like an inverted boat frame, and I filled in the spaces with leaves and smaller branches until I had created a shell of wood and foliage. Inside I made more cushioning with leaves and grasses. I crawled inside and imagined myself as a soft creature just to be born. I lay there for a period of timelessness. I lay naked and slowly birthed myself out, out into the open world.
To cultivate a sense of deeper ecology.
To investigate sacred sites as places that communicate how our ancestors worked with the cycles of the seasons and of the stars, and how this in turn gave them a sense of security and belonging in the cosmos. To use the body and performance as tools for communion – and as conduits for the information held within these sites.