Alice Chauchat

Workshop: Approximating Dances

Our two hours will be spent dancing, writing (poems) and talking on the base of the Dance of Companionship and a few other scores. Each score proposes a way of being together/apart, attending and responding, reaching towards what between us can not be verified or grasped, yet moves and orients us. Because the relations at work in these dances are not formal, paying attention to dance and to others without the possibility to verify entails embracing doubt and uncertainty, and taking the risk of following one’s perceptions until they sometimes slide into fiction. Or maybe fiction as a departing point can help actually develop modes of relating that are not based on measurable difference.

Presentation: Approximations (temporary title)

Over the past few years my choreographic work has lived its public life mostly in dance studios, across the bodies of people who found themselves practising my scores together. Every now and then it makes a stage appearance and addresses audiences in a frontal manner. In those cases I use language and movement, so that it tends to look like a lecture demonstration. For the symposium I would like to open up the notion of approximation. Related to the image of an always receding horizon, approximation refers both to coming closer and to inexactitude. The etymology of the word translates as “towards very near”; this never arriving closeness might be a chance to keep a relational space alive, of which distance and intimacy function as coordinates. I hope for the context of this performance to be the site of our coming closer—to this notion, to dancing, to attending, to each other.