Are we bodies?: «The way I feel under your command»

by Dylan Spencer-Davidson (US)

Dylan Spencer-Davidson’s performance fuses personal history, choreography and music to explore ideas around self-knowledge, masculinity and vulnerability.

Inspired by J.L. Moreno’s concept of the ‘therapeutic soliloquy’, the performance is centred around an hour-long stream-of-consciousness monologue, in which autobiographical fragments are shared out loud as a means of exploring and processing accumulated experience.

The choreography combines dance with exercises from therapeutic practices such as TRE (Trauma & Tension Release Exercises), a practice believes that humans store trauma in the body’s deep tissue which can be released through inducing involuntary tremors.

As bell hooks writes, ‘to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving.’

This «Fun & Fury!» Performance Dienst-Tag / To-Do's Day is part of the program Are we bodies? curated by Vlada Maria Tcharyeva (CH)

Biography Dylan Spencer Davidson (US)

lives and works in Berlin and London. In 2012 Spencer graduates in Master of Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art in London after completing his Bachelor in Literature at the University of Cambridge in 2010. His recent performances have been presented at FS, Liverpool (2018); Haus N, Athens (2018); OUTPOST, Norwich (2018), Ashley, Berlin (2017); Evening Class, London (2017); Studio Voltaire, London (2017); V&A, London (2017); Guest Projects, London (2017); Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016). He completed a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge and an MA in Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art, London.

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