ICK Dans Amsterdam presents a two-day online festival curated by Bogomir Doringer that looks into the rituals of dancing and masking in times of social distancing. How does these rituals happen in online space? What are the solutions that can empower us and activate our bodies? How do we navigate through this switch between private and public space? What kind of knowledge and ideas can we extract from new media artists and dancers like Jeremy Bailey, Keren Rosenberg, Ania Nowak, Rosa Menkman, Kelina Gotman, DJ’s of Shanghai Radio and Emio Greco? Together we will create an online experience that stays part of our memory as festivals do.
Last few months, our movements and ways of communicating have been impacted by a global crisis. Distances between our bodies in public and private spaces have been regulated by new measurements. Our freedom of movement is on hold. Dancing became possible only in private, and suddenly it has a different meaning and context. It introduced another form of visibility, “performing” for the web camera on our online meetings, dates and events. In the beginning, it felt weird and awkward, but we are adjusting to it. Now it is time to emancipate the online body and get a deeper understanding of the new realness. It is time to unmute the body.
Virtual facemask pioneer and visual artist Jeremy Bailey will present his work and teach you how to alter your online presence by the use of a "digital mask". Dr. Kelina Gotman will explain in a talk about Choreomania that your manic crave for dancing is not just a thing of this lockdown time. After, she will engage in a dialogue with ICK dancer Edward Lloyd about the physical experience of dancing. Choreographer Emio Greco will elaborate on the Pizzica, a dance from his native ground in Puglia that was danced to heal yourself from the bite of a poisonous spider. Glitch artist Rosa Menkman will show you what it means to move freely through screens. More performances are live streamed into your livingroom by Ana Nowak, and Keren Rosenberg. With the team of Shanghai radio, we will be discussing how creativity, music and online streaming kept Chinese connected during the lockdown. Their DJ’s will also provide music for the afterparty. Let’s dance alone together.
Produced by ICK Dans Amsterdam & curated by Bogomir Doringer
Save the date! Thu 28 & Fri 29 MAY, 2020.
Link to online tickets (pay as you can but support the artists!): https://bodyunmute.com/
Full program and timetables available from Mon 18 MAY, 2020
Body (un)mute website and online event experience have been developed by Rafael Kozdron.