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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.

Choreography and Performance: Chloe Chignell
Dramaturgy: Adriano Wilfert Jensen
Sound: Anna Munchin
Thanks to: Bojana Cvejic,  Stefan Goovart, Sven Dehens and Deborah Birch.

Supported By: BUDA Kortijk, VGC, Workspacebrussels, La Balsamine, Lucy Guerin Inc Melbourne and Batard Festival Brussels. 

Chloe Chignell