Pramila Vasudevan and Aniccha Arts are known for large-scale durational performances in public spaces. In this project, Vasudevan’s interest is in extremely short timeframes: the splits of a second when our bodies involuntarily react to destabilizing physical environments, such as on a sailing boat. Together with kinesiologist Thomas Stoffregen, they will create a setting where dancers respond to destabilizing manipulation of their immediate environment. For example, when a person stands in a room with moving walls, the usual effect is that the body involuntarily sways backward and forward in the direction of the wall’s movement. But when experienced repeatedly, people develop resilience and learn to resist the initial impulse. #1 of 30 addresses this adaptation: how do bodies succumb, and then overcome, the initial impulse? What choreography can be created from such movements?
Thomas Stffergen, School of Kinesiology
Image: Pramila Vasudevan by Bobby Rogers.