“In Act and Thought, a score for six performers“
VENICE BIENNALE 2016 PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE
Created specially for the Architecture Biennale 2016, this work consists of extracted elements from the original stage piece “In Act and Thought” (premiered in June 2015 for and with The Forsythe Company). Utilising the principle and structure of this previous work, displayed in a new setting referring to the original one, Fabrice Mazliah re-creates a new adapted version by presenting it in the format of a guided tour.
If you could converse with a performer in the act, what might they tell you about what they are doing and what is being done to them?
“In Act and Thought, a score for six performers” is a performative testimony producing real and imagined movement. The departure point is consideration of a dancer’s embodied knowledge: How can ideas that were previously implicit, and unspoken between dancers, become expressed in language and exchanged between bodies? How can the understanding acquired by a community of performers be revealed to a public and simultaneously evolve towards something new? Thinking beyond knowledge as facts, categories, and measures, the dancers seek expression of their know-how in a new and communal form. They will explore many strategies: precisely combining movement with language, expanding details into complex explanations, being poetic.