Here Not There
exploration of the concept of
and the possibility to escape from
it: a dream, a poem, an image. A poetical, sensorial research of the notion of
time and the possibility to both sense it and escape from it. Time -
not the scientific or the philosophical concept of time - but time as a
being, as a subject for the senses, the psyche, the intuitive body. The
research uses a performative approach,
in the context of an imagined time-travel experience. Looking for a
means to experience the limits of time, the performer engages in a play,
letting the body improvise the movement in an attempt to escape from
the linearity of time - by sensing its texture, its pulse, its breath.
While investigating the Sanskrit notion of Sanātana, the concept
emerged as the subject for this exploration.
What makes the quality of time? Is it its rhythm, its speed, the
alternative density and emptiness of its content? Or is it the impact
that its content - the events - have on our perception? Is time a
context that contains everything we can perceive? What is its nature?
Does time exist within something else, a larger context? Do we need to
see that larger context, in order to see the borders, the limits of
time? Do we need to know its size in order to understand it? Could we
measure time by the interval between two heart
the duration of a breath, instead of seconds? Would that change
With thanks to
Elise Passavant for filming, Eléonore Didier for feed-back, Ioan
Contiu for the music and The Romanian Cultural Intitute in Paris for the
grant. Filmé au Centre National de la
Danse au Pantin.