This developing feed is a documentation of the collaboration between the artist, Ladina Clément and dancers: Théïa Maldoom, Tasha Hess-Neustadt, Eevi Kinnuen, João André Costa, Emma Iskowitz and Yuma Sylla.
In ‘Working(s)-out’ (2021) the performers interpret exercises with given names. The body squats, articulates and tenses. The titled movements are unlearned, and the documentation displays a new movement, a performed otherness. The bodies are cropped into by their frames, composing a window into their occupied and unoccupied space.
The use of performance to camera references the home-workout, a prevalent feature of online culture in the pandemic. These representations of the body on YouTube and Instagram introduce an instructional formality, they promote the notion of the functional and what Michel Foucault calls the ‘docile’ body. We have become ‘docile’ bodies, limited by the parameters of our dwellings, our furniture and also by our yoga mats. These performances are small acts of resistance, desires to be active bodies.
The Covid pandemic has significantly hindered the arts. However, this project chooses to unite creatives through times of hardship and isolation.
Ladina Clément - @ladinaclement
Théïa Maldoom - @theia_maldoom
Tasha Hess-Neustadt - @tashamhn
Eevi Kinnuen - @eevi_ida
João André Costa - @joao.andre.costa
Emma Iskowitz - @emma.isk
Yuma Sylla - @yuma.sy