As a student at S.N.D.O, I was obsessed with movement exploration but I became wary of the normative and “natural” formulations often associated with somatic practices. Via a daily studio practice with the influence of Gonnie Heggen, Frans Poelstra and years of working one on one with the artist and irreverent dance witch Yvonne Meyer in my living room at Chez Bushwick, I began to develop a process called Articulating Disorientation: a deconstructive approach to somatic forms like Ideokinesis, Skinner Releasing and Authentic Movement. The term Authentic Movement makes my skin crawl, so I prefer Dancing with Your Eyes Closed because authentic is mostly good for selling shit like handbags.
Articulating Disorientation places a queer perspective on sites of normalization and “productivity enhancement” by using the virtuosic and transformative capacities of somatic practices to render queer agency through simultaneous surrender and command of the impulse via body scanning. Articulating Disorientation systematically navigates “all available means” to surrender control of the physical, emotional and normative behavioural body whilst scanning, directing and deconstructing experience through the hyper-specificity of impulse/response. It is a practice of letting impulses, images, sensations and anatomic frames (real or not) move the body. Simply, the practice assists dancers in finding their dance, according to their own bodies and on their own terms, no essentialism required.
I have taught this workshop all over the place since 2009 and it is one of the cornerstones of my practice as a Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Organizer and now a Ship Famous Boozy Pelican Chanteuse.
is a performer with an extensive practice of curating and teaching. He graduated from the School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam, in 2000 and received a Bessie Award for his performance Glory, at Dance Theater Workshop, New York City, in 2006. Since then he works in close collaboration with HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin as well as Gessnerallee, Zurich.
In his recent work, Wade explores death, zombie subjectivity, strange modes of being and feminist strategies of world making to undermine the social codes that define and oppress bodies. He is the initiator of “The Future Clinic for Critical Care”, an intersectional platform exploring the messy politics of care through performance, social practice and sociocultural animation.
Mon 14 – Wed 16 Jun, 09.30–15.30; Thu 17 Jun, 09.30–14.00; Fri 18 Jun, 09.30–15.30. Breaks included