A commission for Footnote Dance
Low is the story of the body’s experience. Low is a visceral ride: a fully engaged physicality beginning in our organs and bones. Low is how we meet the world.
“The word visceral was used a lot during this process, and for me, this most accurately describes the work. We need to be present, to open up to our body and the audience, the space and each other. I am not a dancer performing, I am a person experiencing and sharing an energy that has been cultivated by everyone in the room.”
“The journey of this work from the inside is a sort of collective cleansing procedure. The movement escapes the body without going through a sieve. The result is raw, honest and the experience is truly humanizing.”
“Creating ‘Low’ was an immensely enriching experience and the tools I’ve learnt are an invaluable investment for my arts practice. When performing ‘Low’, I feel incredibly connected to sensation and invested in movement in that movement of time. This creates an electric, embodied and truly live experience for responders.”
And then I want to babble about the contagious power and energy in these movement investigations. I want to explore for myself how attending to the pelvis can lead to the open sensitised embodiments that I saw on the stage with Low. I also want to somehow capture for you the generosity of the dancers’ responsivity with the audience, and the resonant affect of the choreographic material of bodily sounding which creates a strange emotive feeling of being stirred inside my stomach, intestines, sexual organs.
Low is a sexy and intriguing piece of choreography to be party to. The work foregrounds choreography as a conduit for social research. It socialises unique methods for empathising guttural feeling-tones through the performance space as artistic practice.”
Val Smith, for Theater Review
Wellington, New Zealand
29 May & 30 May
The Transitional Cathedral
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
5 & 6 June
Rehearsal pictures by David Tove