The Lock-Up Gallery, Newcastle
17 / 06 / 2017
Performance: Rhiannon Newton, James Mahler and Adelina Larsson
Composition: James Mahler
"The two halves of the androgyne sigh for each other, as if each breath, being incomplete, sought to mingle with the other: the image of the embrace, in that it melts the two images into a single one”. Barthes
In T(w)o is a new work currently in development with collaborator Adelina Larsson. It deals with the situation of being two, developing strategies for resisting and complexifying dominant narratives associated with being two. Archetypal dualities, the pair, the love story, the conflict, dark / light, male / female, are so seductive and easy to deploy, but they are poor models for thinking through the complexities of contemporary issues. Our intention is to make the two sides (two bodies) dissolve, or spin, into one, into greyness; to discover the formations in which the inhale and the exhale are together one continuous circuit. The symmetries of the one and the other become a framework for negotiating the potential pluralities emerging from the unity of the two.
In T(w)o was developed through Catapult Dance's Propel Residency in collaboration with composer James Maher and presented at The Lock-Up Gallery, Newcastle in June 2017.