Unlocking hierarchies and conversing with aliens - Glisten - What does it take to imagine a realm for multitude - a speculative future?
Alienation, otherness and sweaty dancing. Glisten is an inquiry into what is already felt but not yet visible. It is a performative exploration, deeply rooted in the dancing body. It strives to excavate how the experiences, reality and imagination of otherness manifest in the physical. Embracing the provocations of the Xenofeminist manifesto, it offers an invitation to imagine multiple visions of a non-binary speculative future.
Lead Artist, Choreography and Performance: Isabella Oberländer
Choreographic Mentor: Lucy Suggate
Sound Composer: Elll (Ellen King)
Costume Designer: Giordana Giache
Lighting Designer: Gearoid O’Hallmhuráin
Co-Producer/Director, Dance Limerick: Jenny Traynor
Photography & Film - Production & Documentation: Martina Cleary
Co-produced by Dance Limerick. Supported by the Arts Council Project Award, Limerick City & County Council, Dance Ireland, Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Dancer from the Dance Festival and Uillinn West Cork Art Centre.
‘Glisten’, is an new solo work, that is centred by a physical performative practice. It focuses on the materiality of the body, spatial relationships and triggering new territories through the provocations of Xenofeminist Manifesto and speculative fiction.
Falco’s pop video ‘Junge Römer’, I watched on TV when I was a kid. It was probably my first positive and encouraging experience of Otherness. Over the past year this song kept re-surfacing, seemingly randomly at first. In the refrain of the song there is one line that stuck with me “Young Romans dance differently than the others”.
Acknowledging this, in combination with simultaneously reading of ‘The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics of Alienation’, by Laboria Cuboniks - I started questioning how one might utilise the agency of dance to explore and seize alienation as an impetus to generate new worlds. “We are all alienated - but have we ever been otherwise?”, is a trigger to explore this new territories through an embodied movement practice. I am connecting to these territories by developing a new performative practice focused on the articulation of choreographic scores. Anchoring the physicality in anatomical specifies and imaginative settings, allows to access a highly visceral movement vocabulary whilst offering the spectator a clear opening into the work.