GO investigates the ecological entanglement of self, other, and environment. A pedestrian travels down the main street working with physical action, interaction, and response to several blocks of real estate and real people. GO is a solo but can be performed by multiple performers simultaneously.

GO Bieringa crescent

From a physiological perspective GO explores the relationship between self and environment, balancing inner and outer sensing through parasympathetic and sympathetic aspects of the nervous system. In this practice the artist is working with a kinesthetic response to what is entering their body through their senses. From a developmental perspective our sense of movement and touch evolve simultaneously. Our skin and our brain develop from the same embryological tissue. The skin acts as an interface, a permeable membrane, between our bodies and the world, our thoughts and our physical existence. In GO by rubbing up against the city we define ourselves to ourselves. Through touch and movement we make sense of what we taste, smell, hear and see. We each define the city. As we move through it we are literally leaving traces of ourselves, our own skin, across it. The temporal images of our bodies moving amidst the urban spaces planted in the mind of the city’s inhabitant.

Questions on negotiating the social landscape: How can two strangers from different cultures/classes share this moment in time and space? How do I engage you in a physical dialogue? Do we have time to find a breath together, a glance, a physical call and response? Can I read the space in between us fast enough to give you more space so I don’t frighten you away or do I need to come closer, offer a physical challenge, ask you the time, invite you to join me for a dance? As the movement conversation continues on the same street over time how will these relationships evolve and change?

GO audience score:

As the performance begins you are invited to watch from the sidewalk from behind or in front of the performers. Stay together in groups of three or less. Shift your perspective. Follow your curiosity. Follow the performer of your choice. Give the performer space and watch from a distance. Sometimes come close for a more intimate experience. Track sensation in your body. Have a great walk.

a film version of GO from Minneapolis

Performances

2009

Stromereien Festival, Zurich, Switzerland, August 2 & 3
Performed with three simultaneous solos taking place along three intertwining trajectories with Olive Bieringa, Otto Ramstad, and Kristin Van Loon
ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland, September 25 & 26
Performed with three simultaneous solos taking place along three intertwining trajectories with Olive Bieringa, Otto Ramstad, and Pia Lindy (Fi)
Dance in the City presented by Mad Productions, Helsinki, October 1 & 2
Performed with two simultaneous solos taking place along three intertwining trajectories with Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad

2007

Presented by Gare Theater in  Belleville and Vitry, Paris with a guest appearance by Otto Ramstad

2006

Downtown Brooklyn
Seattle’s university district
Presented by Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art
Film version of entitled Nicollet Avenue (2007) and featuring guest sound artist Bryce Beverlin II

2005

Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis