Featured Mentors: Chris Aiken/Dante Brown
“One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.” Antonio Porchia
“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes”Vladimir Nabokov
“Perhaps the body has its own memory system, like the invisible meridian lines those Chinese acupuncturists always talk about. Perhaps the body is unforgiving, perhaps every cell, every muscle and fragment of bone remembers each and every assault and attack. Maybe the pain of memory is encoded into our bone marrow and each remembered grievance swims in our bloodstream like a hard, black pebble. After all, the body, like God, moves in mysterious ways.” Thrity Umrigar
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.” Martha Graham
Dance and performance are ephemeral. They are being erased in real time and replaced by echoes and memories by the performer and the witness. We can record and remember in a thousand ways but because a dance is tied to time, it cannot be captured or kept from becoming a memory.
In this JUMP/Mentorship period we invite applicants to wonder how we remember dance in our
bodies as individuals and a society.
How does the memory of what came before and what is yet to come inform your work?
Limit it? Open it? How does the memory of yourself as an artist or a human play out in your artistic process? How does the memory of a dance color your approach to the performance or the next dance? How is the work remembered?
You may concern yourself from anything from the cellular and emotional to the collective memory of our society in social or political terms. As always, your work needn’t be explicitly about this material to apply.
Best of luck!
New Movement Collaborative