IN SHORT a choreographic lab and performance
project; an international collaboration and exchange between dance artists who speak different languages.
IN LONG Léxico is an international
collaboration that invites cross cultural communication and understanding. In a world dominated by radical individuality we have chosen collaboration. In the moment when that world is contracting, shutting the “other” out, we are expanding, opening our preceptors and reaching across languages, cultures, translations, histories and experiences. We bring our spirit of collaboration to the task of communicating, moving past our comfort zones to understand (in) the unknown.
We are looking for residency and co-production opportunities. We will be developing a workshop that accompanies the performance, designed to share our experiences of communicating across languages, discovering the joys in miscommunication and what can be gained through lost in translation.
Using the ideas of translation and transformation of language and movement as the means to create we seek new perspectives – understanding in the unknown, a metaphor for the world and a reality of working in second and third languages – an exciting new dance piece with live photo/video and interactive sound.
Léxico brings together dance artists who speak different languages to explore how to create dance in languages we don’t understand. Working across borders and languages, and in multiple configurations, the dance artists will work with instructions in languages unspoken in a choreographic process. They will come together to collaborate in creating a work that marries all of the ‘misunderstood’ choreographies, seeking the overlaps, commonalities, differences and counterpoints. They aim to explore ideas of translation and understanding, communication of meaning and movement, and investigating through choreographic process.
Language influences thought. More than that; culture and context influence thought and ideas. Language, however, represents culture and is generally understood as a clear
expression of thought. Contemporary dance artists use physical language, unique to each, to express ideas. How does working in different languages and with unique
movement create a common lexicon? While details may be lost in translation, in a creative process, more is gained through interpretation of understanding: insight and the
spark for new ideas. Contemporary dance is a language without a dictionary. How do we create understanding across borders, cultures and contexts?
Understanding the unknown.
Interpretation as expression and as comprehension.
We are listening across borders.