Performer/collaborators: Jassem Hindi (France/Lebanon), Julie Phelps, Emily Leap, Laura Arrington, Jesse Hewit, Jorge De Hoyos, Hana Erdman, Gabriel Todd, Ruairi O’Donovan (Ireland), Karina Sarkissova (Sweden), Jupiter Knows, Keith Hennessy plus special guests.
Unstable structures supported by unsustainable systems, this dance cannot stand up on its own. Turbulence (a dance about the economy) is a bodily response to economic crisis.
Turbulence engages the frictions between economic crisis, disaster capitalism, debt, precarity, propaganda, torture, union busting, magic, collaboration, war, and physical performance.
Instigated before the recent Occupy Wall Street actions, Turbulence is intended as both provocation and affirmation of global movement for economic justice.
Turbulence is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional funding includes Zellerbach Family Foundation, the New Stages in Dance grant, and the SF Arts Commission OPG.
K: In relation to your experience of social choreography what are you interested in extracting from American Dreaming?
R: Being here, now, I am interested in the reality of people, and what separates us. Can we create an illusion of togetherness, in order to provoke a response from the individual? Firstly, what we experience in the room as a container, and secondly what we experience in the world through our daily lives as a container for experience. Augmented Reality. I have to remind myself that this event is research, not a presentation. I am not only concerned with the offering I am making, but more the reaction people will have or their experiences within it. I want to generate an experience through participation in the event. There are two things at play, a) a body maintaining it’s borders and b)a uniting of states of being. How can we investigate false togetherness, real connectivity and consumption of the individual by the collective.
K: How do you experience false togetherness being practiced in this community?
R: Community is a personal sensibility, my lens for viewing cannot allow me to maintain myself in these containers. I don’t need to loose myself but to maintain my position in a community. This community seems to demand an openness, acceptance and shared identity and this is not something I currently desire in my life.
K: What do you desire in community? Do you desire community?
R: It would be naive of me to say that I do not build myself in relation to others or that I do not seek out interaction but a sense of nationalism in my personal history demands that I maintain my own borders.
K: Is that an ideology or a practice?
R: I need to maintain in order to observe the ecology I am inside of. A practice based research in which i am interested in observation through participation at a remove, rather than authentically seeking our inclusion or consumption. I think this is why I am more interested in the individual experience of American Dreaming, how people perform themselves within events like karaoke in front of their contemporaries. Community and connectivity have been bastardized by capitalism and economics.
K: How do you see the individual being separated by the community?
R: We are constantly being fed with connectivity. I would like to contrast this with a manifestation of the feeling of isolation within a community context. I am seeking a truely individual and “real” personal performance from the participants, then I can explore the individual and the community all at once.
K: What kind of desire does the individual have inside of community?
R: The individual exists at the meeting points of the inclusivity and the commonality. The constant justification of the oneness and the wholeness. Community demands inclusivity in order to function. It requires each element to have an identity but to offer that up to the collective experience.
K: In a community that lacks individuality, what happens?
R: Totalitarianism possibly? The centralized identity becomes the expression of the individual performing themselves. If American is the macro and Queer is the micro, we can observe a centralized identity which by nature is all encompassing, consuming the individual in the social, cultural, ethnic etc. How can an individual entity hope to maintain itself inside of something that is all encompassing / all consuming?
-interviews conducted today at 3.15 by the Psycho Killers/American Heros
R: Remembering that this is research, what do you propose for American Dreaming?
K: A ceremony of consumption, a glorification of Capitalism to investigate the duality of spirituality and the iconography of consumption. How the culture of freedom has influenced the aesthetic in this part of the world.
R: Remembering that this is research, what would you like to learn?
K: To know what unifies desires in relation to consumption? What symbols are creating commonality but that are confirming something in the collective. Where crossover can exist between desire of the individual and the pack. The ruptures and bonds of our decision making and how to avoid the obvious threads. The practicality of carrying an event which is durational and requires me to decentralize myself within the hierarchy or traditional modes of expression.
R: Remembering that this research, can you discuss subjectivity in relation to American Dreaming?
K: Subjectivity, in this instance lies in participation, I hope to motivate the subject to participate in something common. The range of possibilities through participations are of interest to me, what works, what doesn’t work, what points bring people together.
R: Remembering that this is research, if American Dreaming is propaganda, what is it’s message?
K: That we are all facing a power structure, that it is creating our decisions, controlling us, a foundation for the construction of our identities, that we are facing it together.
There is an Icon. There is a God. There is Power. There is an idea.
it needs to be fun, it should be simple, it should be inclusive, it needs to face an icon, it needs to be recognisable, it needs to be related to dance, it needs to be pop, it needs to be high, it should be low, it should be face on, it should create togetherness, it should be full of emotion.
It is a Ceremony of Consumption, it’s a ritual, performed for it’s symbolic meaning.
It is all we are really doing.
We want to generate in our consumption in order to capitalize on your experience.
"you in the universe, the universe in you, dreaming".