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Av Benedict Olk.

Benedict Olk  - Eclipse

Through a regular and ongoing studio practice, I draw on my personal dance history as material in an attempt to understand devotion, the very devotion which both obscures and reveals something intimate, but beyond the subjective. Over six days, I will continue to work, trying to unfold what inescapable repetition does to me. It will happen differently each day.

You are invited to watch. The body
in complete dark casting nothing back.
The thing turns and flicks and opens.
-Eclipse with Object, Ann Lauterbach

Through nearly two year of repeating this single Cunningham technique class multiple times a week, on my own, a one-time-event-saved-forever-online, I have built familiarity with the particular exercises, the specific words of instruction, the music accompanying the dancers.

Recalling and amplifying the ghosts present in film recording and transmission, I have been exploring the spectral remains in the transmission of dancing to a dance technique and back, from Merce Cunningham to Robert Swinston to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company members, from film to corporeal to the land of memory then back to the physical enactment of a class. Which physicalities, images, and sensations are reduced, which are amplified, and what is added in these many transmissions?

I depart from and return to the class by the portals which are everywhere, but not just anywhere. They arise through some specific moments like the curve of the lower back with one arm reaching forward, the extended fourth position, the reach of a tendu in parallel position… but also unexpectedly as well.

I enjoy the strange spectral things that arise from this practice: ghosts, portals, other bodies. With my eyes closed, my attention is displaced from image to sensation. It’s about work. “Not to show off, but to show,” as Cunningham said. It’s about toil. It’s about devotion.

PROGRAM NPP:s presentationsveckor 9-19 maj 2019