How can we expand the Desires that emerge between human beings to include a sensuous, multi-directional relationship to the space itself, and other non-human entities? In other words, how can we cultivate a consensual erotic relationship with the world at large?
In this performance project, we will begin by working somatically, with processes such as the digestive system, fundamentally connected to both desires and boundaries, in order to support the emergence of complex, intersubjective desire. We will also tap into elements of practices such as Tantra and BDSM, such as exercises around consent, looking for that deep state of consent that is not only an act of saying “yes” or “no”, but a continually unfolding “con-sentire”, feeling together.*.
We will then bring our awareness to our relationship as dancers with the space itself, asking not only, “what do i desire of the space?”, but also “what does it desire of me?”
We will encounter the other in a way that invites them to inhabit their own subjectivity, whether that other is human or not.
*(thanks to choreographer and consent researcher Joy Mariama Smith for bringing my attention to that etymology)