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Conversation between Joseriberto Perez and Olivia Ramos.

 

People/Trees/Here

Performance, Kennedy Park

July 11, 2014

 

RAMOS:‬‬ the performance had a lot of engaging qualities, opening with three women (Jenna Balfe, Katie Stirman, and Ewa Josefsson) that moved within the mangroves as extensions of them

 

‪PEREZ: it was, from activating the space/environment to moving through the crowd of viewers

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while dancing, verbally expressing their relationships to nature and then physically integrating and awakening dormant dancers‬‬ in the audience

 

‪I liked the fact that as viewers we had to get as close as possible to the environment to experience the performance

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‪right, we were adjacent to the mangroves, almost in them

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we almost had to traverse into the same space with them‬‬

 

and then become part of it when they danced within the audience‬‬

I almost felt like joining them, it seemed so natural and organic

 

People/Trees/Here

Performance, Kennedy Park

July 11, 2014

 

The talking, even though it was directed towards the viewer, was something adjacent to a tree falling in a forest,

 

we were hearing their thoughts but it was more like experiencing personal revelations the performers were having

 

‪it was casual, while they moved about the roots of the mangroves‬‬ and it was personal

 

personal but maybe universal

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‪their relationship to nature, erotic, destructive, angry, accepting

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Ewa's monologue especially, how she fought nature and gave up, not because she wanted to but because she was exhausted and realized she could never beat nature

 

‪they represented the energy of nature in its many forms even till the end when they dispersed and disappeared‬‬, its fleetingness

 

yes, Ewa's was a bit more striking, or like she said it represented a war within

 

‪yes and I identify with that war, how much we distort nature and how often we are only hurting ourselves‬‬

 

because not only do we depend on nature but we are extensions of it

 

‪Jenna paralleled her childhood friendship with finding that escape in nature

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Jenna's monologue was intimate and innocent, the way it made her feel "down there" she said, the audience giggled but definitely related

 

‪the three women expressed ways in which they each broke away form nature

 

Katie's part was not spoken yet invoked a lot of emotion

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she broke the piece of wood and pieces flew into the audience, then hugged the tree right after, a push and pull of emotions, a spiteful dependency on nature

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‪in the end they became part of nature, came from it and went back to it all while changing evolving and affecting those surroundings, converting the audience and evaporating like the wind‬‬

 

the music made the performance cinematographic‬‬ not sure if it was the context or the actual sounds but there was a subtle Pink Floyd air

 

‪yeah i think the music set the tone and made the performance, in a way it was like the soundtrack that is their nature

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the music gave the performance a sense of suspense and urgency yet non-invasive

 

the dancers in the audience (Mauricio Abascal, Ganesha Michael Shapiro, and Cristalle Caceres), were unexpected, an exciting moment, having to move out of the way of melting bodies, human mangroves, continuing their way into the park. A force of nature literally sweeping the audience

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the dispersal you mentioned, at the end of the performance‬‬, was as if they were, through dancing, experience something forbidden, like children who get in trouble and run off with their pleasures

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yeah I kinda see the performers and the mangrove representing nature as a fleeting thing

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‪i see it more like nature has inherent sexuality‬‬, and so do we, but somehow, as we moves away from nature it is restricted, or confined to human infrastructure

 

‪what you are labeling as sexual is energy, maybe erotic is better, but i think its more an uncontrollable ever growing energy that ‪moves wild and with little or no discretion

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only the dispersal moment gave that forbidden gesture. As I understand it, contact improvisation is very discretely sexual, it is does not perverse our sexual energy, it innocently brings it to light, accepts it, uses it for growth and communication

 

‪thats funny i joked around about it being similar to the way the young kids who hang out at the park doing "illegal things" disperse when the cops come. I think it speaks more to the ephemerality of life and nature and experiences

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it was reminiscent of hanging out in the park during my high school years‬‬

 

‪i don't think contact improve just because it incorporates body movement and seems sexual is that easily explained