Desire emerges between bodies, and between bodies and the space. There is no such thing as desire in a vacuum, or at least none that we have access to. The Universe Project looks at desire not from the perspective of the individual but as arising intersubjectively.

It also emerged from my experience of a sound bath with large silver gongs played by yoga and gong master Kay Karl. I’m curious to expand the effect of the gongs’ vibrations on the cells and fluids of the body into the surrounding environment through movement. Could an immersive space be created, in which a non-dualistic reality could be physically experienced, and boundaries between bodies, between bodies and space, between performers and audience members, and boundaries between different ways of reading a movement, could be dissolved?

I am also interested in extending the question of interconnectedness to the emergence of “meaning”. That is, the associations that images, constellations, relationships of bodies in space evoke in an observer – and whether they can ever exist independently of the observer’s cultural background.

In this way, I am interested in researching the idea of non-dualism on both a physical level, as well as a kind of collective consciousness which is becoming, by physical and technological means, more and more global, somewhere between the idea of a “hive mind” facilitated by the internet, and archaic rituals such as gong baths that create a collective state.

Paweł Dudus
Laura Eva Meuris
David Bloom
Kay Karl
Cranio-Sacral Dramaturgy
Nica Berndt-Caccivio
Choreography in collaboration with the performers
David Bloom

Special Thanks to Tanzfabrik Berlin for supporting the development of this project with an Open Spaces Residency and to Tanzzentrale der Region Nürnberg e.V. for a Creative Residency.

Previous Performances

// // Tanzfabrik Open Spaces // Berlin
// // SINCE - Somatics in creation // Berlin
// // Tanzzentrale Creative Residency Showing // Nuremberg/Fuerth