Shadow Text, Begin / The Mirror, Poem at Work, Poems and Other Emergencies, PUBLIC RELATIONS, APRIL (a performance), ...as if leaking, Forever in both Directions, This Container, Touch(ed), Soft Reality

They say that everything must be remade. They say they have come here to do just that. They say they must start again from the beginning. They say that every word must be screened. They say our bodies are made up of language. They say our bodies are historical artifacts. They say our bodies are collective inventions. They say our bodies hold epic stories. 
 
Shadow Text is a choreographic translation of Les Guérillères, a feminist epic novel written by Monique Wittig (1971). Les Guérillières takes as its plot a violent and erotic revolution. Circular in form, it is a three part epic following the transition out of a hetero-patriachial culture and into the formation of a new semiotic order of lesbian relationality. Through sound, text, and movement Shadow Text explodes the epic novel, creating an immersive performance where bodily grammar cracks open the text letting words act themselves out upon and within the bodies of the audience. No longer is it possible to find any neat distinction between body and word. No longer can we start by saying ‘I’. No longer can we say that everything inside of us is ours. Shadow Text exists within the fissure, under the sign of the O, and in the company of feminist mythologies, lesbian erotics, the practice of revolution, materialist poetics and reparative destruction.   

Shadow Text takes on Wittig’s aesthetic-political project, which can be characterized through three beliefs—First, that all political revolution must start with language; Second, that poetics are the location where change can manifest itself on and between our bodies; And third, that language is the means of political resistance and creativity that we all have access to. Shadow Text emerges from a radical lesbian feminist politics and under the infamous declaration made by Monique Wittig “lesbians are not women”. Rather than claiming a certain form of womanhood as many of her second wave contemporaries did, Wittig took another approach, championing the way for queer studies and for a post-gender world. Shadow Text emancipates Les Guérillères from the page bringing it back to the flesh in all its grit, sweat and beauty.  
 
Concept, performance, choreography: Chloe Chignell and Amina Szecsödy
Sound: Amina Szecsödy
Text: Chloe Chignell 
Light design: Leticia Skrycky
Conversation: Simon Asencio

 
Shadow Text has been supported by: 
The Vlaamse Gemeenschapcommissie, WorkspaceBrussels, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, Kunstencentrum BUDA Kortrijk, KAAP Brugges and rile* books Brussels.

upcoming

28.11.24 until 30.11.24 • performance
Begin / The Mirror [premiere] NEXT festival, Espace Pasolini, Valenciennes, FR

recent

01.07.24 until 07.07.24 • residency
Begin / The Mirror, residency, Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk
22.06.24 • performance
Begin / Beguines [here love speaks] presentation at Klosterruine, Berlin.
03.06.24 until 14.06.24 • residency
Begin / The Mirror, Residency, Pavillion ADC, Geneva
22.04.24 until 26.04.24 • residency
Begin / The Mirror, Residency, Marseilles, FR

less recent, still present

27.02.24 until 28.02.24 • performance
Shadow Text [Premiere] Bits of Dance KAAP, Bruges, BE.

past

16.12.23 • performance
Poem at Work, presented at SB34 as part of A Note on Dialect [Prelude] an invitation by Simon Asencio. Brussels, BE.
27.11.23 until 15.12.23 • teaching
Teaching Workshop "Translating the Bio-text" at HZT, Berlin, DE.
10.11.23 • performance
Shadow Text at Perdu, Amsterdam NL
14.09.23 until 15.09.23 • performance
Poems and Other Emergencies as part of conference: "Readings on the poetics of measure", Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
10.07.23 until 22.07.23 • residency
Begin / The Mirror, Residency at La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne, FR
09.07.23 • performance
Shadow Text as part of Almost Summer / Feminist Futures Festival, Kortrijk, BE
03.07.23 until 07.07.23 • teaching
Teaching Pilates at the P.A.R.T.S Summer School
29.05.23 until 16.06.23 • teaching
Teaching BA students: Pilates and body conditioning. P.A.R.T.S
06.05.23 until 12.05.23 • residency
Begin / The Mirror, research residency at Centre d'animation Cambrai, FR
25.03.23 • performance
Showing of Shadow Text in the context of Oriana exhibition by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz.
06.02.23 until 03.03.23 • teaching
Teaching Movement Class - MA and BA Students at ISAC