3-5 December 2021: Premiere // Radialsystem (Germany)
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Residency partner – Tanzhaus Zürich in 2020.
How can humans embrace the complexity and uncertainty of relating to one another and to their surroundings within a constant state of flux?
SILKWORMS is a physical response to the current global shifts, such as climate change and Covid-19, which put our social fabric in a state of limbo. It is created and performed by two human bodies, fabric panels, long wooden poles and their immediate surroundings. The piece is a performative practice of interconnectivity that draws on the teachings of the ‘Lemniscate – Symbol for infinitude’. When created as a 3D model it eternally loops the inside to the outside. Likewise, SILKWORMS transcends the perceived dichotomies of ‘inside/outside’ as a means to explore the reciprocal nature of all processes: we transform our environment, and in turn the environment transforms us.
The silkworm is our spirit animal because it is a master of interconnectivity. It produces thread from glands within its body that then extend outwards, creating webs and cocoons. It embodies the capacities to both mend things outside of itself together and create inside spaces for the silkworm to be vulnerable and transform.
SILKWORMS aims to find choreographic and performative strategies that mend, thread and connect dichotomies, contradictions and ‘bits and pieces’ of incomplete narratives in a way that does not try to neutralize or harmonize them. It is a highly visual dance piece characterised by a dynamic, constantly changing visual language.