ENCAJE + a spontaneous duet honoring the memory of Trisha Brown
FRI + SAT, Jan. 19 + 20 @ 7:30pm
Judith Sánchez Ruíz | JSR Company
Choreography and Performance: Judith Sánchez Ruíz Music: ARCA
Costume Design: Beate Borrmann / Choreographic assistance: Edivaldo Ernesto / Light Design: Eduardo Abdala
a spontaneous duet honoring the memory of Trisha Brown
FRI. Jan-19th // Judith Sánchez Ruíz | Jodi Melnick | Hahn Rowe
SAT. Jan-20th // Judith Sánchez Ruíz | Lance Gries | Hahn Rowe
Post show discussion hosted by Irene Hultman
ENCAJE plays with two concepts I have been exploring in my research for a while: « Diary exercise » and « Radio exercise ». The « Diary exercise » is a tool referencing the daily writing practice of novelist Anaïs Nin which she employed all through her life. I have always been inspired and somewhat guided by Anaïs Nin’s writings. Nin was an essayist and memoirist born to Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She wrote journals since she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death as well as novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. Her at times raw and blunt accounts of her everyday life as well as the acute observations of her own behavior and that of her peers had a great impact on the development of feminist thought.
«Diary exercises»: is a “Pull-out” to set a short material, exploring mood sensations in the present moment and within it, searching for a fitting at times visceral vocabulary. It collects from the everyday material, a diary of unpredictability, a set of emotions and transformations affected by the minute, the hour, the day. I am interested in a form of recapitulation, an archive that captures the instant. I reinvent the untold, unpublished present of chaos and vulnerability.
In that vein I designed the « Radio exercise » : I am letting radical changes of states, provoking a shift of action in the brain that combine spontaneously preset determined information, making space for complexity and coincidence, thereby empowering a challenge delivery. Very much like turning the dial on an old radio, the body snaps from one state to the next, allowing the collision of contrasting facts to unfold.
The two exercises both influence and structure my solo. « Diary exercise » is choreograph and « Radio exercise » is an improvised solid structure. I start « writing » my entry of the day, looking at it line by line, to then gloss some paragraphs, to remark, reject, re-design.
« My life is not possible to tell. I change every day, change my patterns, my concepts, my interpretations. I am a series of moods and sensations. I play a thousand roles. I weep when I find others play them for me. My real self is unknown. My work is merely an essence of this vast and deep adventure. »