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Encounters in synchronous time

a workshop with Karen Christopher & Litó Walkey

We seek to understand the present moment, and we are curious about the effects of simultaneous actions taking place and acting on separate bodies in separate locations, we will explore the potential of carefully composed performance directives for use as creative mechanisms, and we will cut into the present so that the future leaks in.

We will present a workshop in advance of our presentation: Double translations: telling another way to tell. The workshop will take place over three days and culminate with possible participation in our conference presentation. On the second day of the workshop we will take an hour-long silent walk at dawn and again at dusk, in addition participants will observe and measure the passing of time at solar noon. This workshop will involve both movement of the body and spoken word, we will make use of our visual and aural capacities with a focus on attentiveness, and work to sense time and place as tools in the service of composition.
Of the questions posed by the conference curators we will address the following: How does the notion of encounter (in the sense of a shared time between people) help us address issues of spectatorship, individuality, alterity and collaboration, dialogue and exchange in performance and performance studies in the current moment?