Poems and Other Emergencies
Mouth agape. Tongue fingering the air. Like that. I waited. A body. In detail. Delay.
Poems and Other Emergencies sits at the intersection of poetry and choreography. Centered on a fictional character The Girl-with-her-tongue-out, the performance questions if it is through language that we find ourselves a body, or through the body that we find language? Embodied voices and voiced bodies weave and echo throughout the space. Where does the word end and her body begin?
Poems and Other Emergencies uses the apparatus of the theatre to coincide the female body and language, to produce a sensuously situated speech. The poem becomes an event and the performers body emerges at the intersection of voices weaving a bodily and textual landscape. Using fragmentation and doubling in order to open an in-between, a space of contingency, for its narratives and subjects.
The language of poetry speaks from the margins, from exile; it is reinvented each time it is heard. It is a language of withdrawal, divergence and differentiation. The poem sings out to the other without knowing what that other is. It is subjectivity in the making; through its echoes the poem overflows its writer. Poems and Other Emergencies positions the performer as a radical historicist, inscribing herself and the event, writing of this time with body and text.
Performance and Choreography: Chloe Chignell
Conversation partner: Adriano Wilfert Jensen
Sound Support: Anna Muchin
Thanks: Sven Dehens, Bojana Cvejic, Stefan Goovart, Deborah Birch and apass.
Supported By: BUDA Kortrijk, VGC, Workspacebrussels, La Balsamine, Lucy Guerin Inc, Dancehouse Melbourne and Batard Festival Brussels.
Premiere of Poems and Other Emergencies, Batard Festival, Brussels.
Poems and Other Emergencies, Lucy Guerin Inc. Melbourne, Australia.
Poems and Other Emergencies, Workspacebrussels, Belgium.