Presentation Title

This is What Happens Inside of a Washing Machine

Faculty Mentor

Karen Schaffman

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 11:00 AM

Location

Arts 111

Session

oral 2

Type of Presentation

Visual and Performing Arts

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

This is What Happens Inside of a Washing Machine is an experimental, collaborative dance performance which explores the performers’ personal relations and memories associated with clothing. Inspired by the research and observations gathered from the performers’ previous performance piece, Speaking Without Listening, which also incorporated the use of clothing as physical extensions of the body, This is What Happen Inside of a Washing Machine further explores the possibilities that are offered by the same material, with regards to the ways in which the topic of clothing has emotionally impacted each of the performers’ respective lives. Taking into consideration the intangible stories attached to each article of clothing, the performers base their choreography on the overlapping journeys that both the clothing and the performers may have experienced, separately or simultaneously, visually embodying activities that evoke an imaginative occurrence of being inside a washing machine. As if behaving like laundered clothing, the performers follow a series of cyclical patterns, walking around each other, rolling on the floor, and repeating their spoken text; the constant cycles of mundanity, discomfort, and renewal. As the performers invite the touch of the clothing that they use on stage, they also invite the audience to absorb the sensorial nature of the performance, to subjectively remember the significance of their clothes and prompt them to reconsider their presence in their cycles of development.

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Nov 23rd, 10:45 AM Nov 23rd, 11:00 AM

This is What Happens Inside of a Washing Machine

Arts 111

This is What Happens Inside of a Washing Machine is an experimental, collaborative dance performance which explores the performers’ personal relations and memories associated with clothing. Inspired by the research and observations gathered from the performers’ previous performance piece, Speaking Without Listening, which also incorporated the use of clothing as physical extensions of the body, This is What Happen Inside of a Washing Machine further explores the possibilities that are offered by the same material, with regards to the ways in which the topic of clothing has emotionally impacted each of the performers’ respective lives. Taking into consideration the intangible stories attached to each article of clothing, the performers base their choreography on the overlapping journeys that both the clothing and the performers may have experienced, separately or simultaneously, visually embodying activities that evoke an imaginative occurrence of being inside a washing machine. As if behaving like laundered clothing, the performers follow a series of cyclical patterns, walking around each other, rolling on the floor, and repeating their spoken text; the constant cycles of mundanity, discomfort, and renewal. As the performers invite the touch of the clothing that they use on stage, they also invite the audience to absorb the sensorial nature of the performance, to subjectively remember the significance of their clothes and prompt them to reconsider their presence in their cycles of development.