Hyperlocal MKE #12 – Ornate/Activate

On Sunday, February 26, 2017 6pm, we will present our 12th installment of our performance series at The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum. This performance holds special significance for us because we are working with and alongside the exhibition at Villa Terrace, Ornate Activate , organized by South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) and curated by Alexander Campos. Additionally, we have included some new performers, extending our collaborations with guest performers from UW Whitewater (Nick Zoulek), Lawrence University ( Margaret Paek, Loren Dempter), UW Madison (Liz Sexe), and UWM Peck School students (Emily Bartsch, Chanteé Kelly, Kayla Flentje, Olivia Valenza, Talli Moss) and our local dance heroines Joelle Worm (UWM dance and Arts Eco) and Maggie Smith (UWM alumna).  Different performers will work in specific galleries in the museum and engage with the artists’ work; aligning with, conversing with, holding space, and echoing the patterns and practices in embodied, time-based methods of inquiry.   Each collaborative pair or team has created their own score based on the work in the gallery.   Below are the scores (completely in process and guaranteed to change).

Photos by Nicole Langenfeld

maggie  – tally

 – Find the pattern (tonal, spatial, quality, gestural, etc.)
– Add ornamentation/specified gesture (a good place incorporate the idea of the ‘freedom spectrum’)
– Let the ornamentation decay or fade away
– Come back to the original pattern, which is now changed due to the exploration of experimentation that occurred with ornamentation.

joelle – nick – chanteé

CORNERS – start in isolation, Joelle/Chantee in main gallery, Nick in stained glass room.  Move according to sensations of sound (Nick and other musicians) and tactile (body in corner, against walls, etc.)
TRANSITION to seeing the space around you/in front of you in detail, move in reaction to what you see and what continue to hear
MIRROR  Joelle and Chantee use the divider of the center wall to mirror without deciding who is leader
CIRCLING- Nick enters and all three work together circling the wall divider in center
CONTACT – Joelle/Chantee and Nick make contact to imitate the kaleidoscopic aspects of many of the pieces – move as a group before disbanding, returning to corners or exiting

maria – loren

scrolling, biomorphic  – foreground/background   – participate/hidden   –  “stop” – as soon as you arrive, you leave  –  (diaspora paradigm: never fully left, never fully arrive)  – how does the pattern vanish as it develops?

finale – in grand hall

find the pattern, make the pattern, leave the pattern     –       stillness      –  recall a previous voice.

olivia – emily

in-between, juxtapose, entwine.
Paper, dry, close; collect patterns, trace and connect; interrupt with reflection; knots, lattice patterns; out of place; singular, focus, loss

Hyperlocal #6.5 – F O R M [ L E S S ]

For this performance, we are considering form and what’s in between form.
What follows are some thoughts about states and an invitation to think about form differently.

Dan’s question is useful: “Are we leaning toward Form or “[less]”?” I think we all agreed that it may be impossible to be without form. So its good to explore the other side of our instincts and training to create and find states that might be generative, new ways of knowing. So the paradox is that the in-betweeness  (liminality) of form  by nature of being form-adjacent, becomes a part of form. The absence of form is impossible because we organize everything we consume. Such an adherence to normative order begs the experimenter to look between or outside of practiced forms.

Here are some quotes/ideas from choreographer Meg Stuart about states from her book, Are We Here Yet? (Thanks Dan Schuchart for lending this book!)
..you allow a wide range of states, voices, movements and gestures to emerge from your body without censoring them.
…what comes up is fictional or completely foreign to human experience -becoming liquid for example.States may manifest in just one body part or just in your voice – I see them as frequencies and temperatures rather than things that can be easily articulated with words.

– you need to fully commit to whatever state you arrive at, trusting your experience before you can name it.


 – a state emerges when you are no longer thinking in technical terms about what you are doing.


-a state is a window into a different reality


-States have consequences; they have potential narrative.


– A state is activity plus intention, and the gap between what you project and what actually comes through   is revealing.
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Summary of Scores


I. Landscapes and solos

  • landscapes –  exist in duration, long enough to maintain a texture
  • landscapes –  create a frame/anchor
  • solo vs landscape  — solo emerges from landscape —
  • when does a solo(ist) rejoin the landscape or be consumed by it?
  • a solo or a solo idea?  One idea experiences/made/contributed to by many – to create a singular idea, from many voices
  • soli –  simultaneous solos

II.  States

  • best to leave this open
  • galaxies, systems collide
  • establish as their own that converge or absorb another
  • individual states -or- meta states  (that we all share)
  • collage of states

III. Beginnings  – “Find the treasure and bring it home”  -did Tim say that?

  • we will make 4 separate, absolute beginnings. These will be marked by an exit/finish/silence after each “beginning” has been established.
  • we will each begin, then discover/make whatever the moment reveals, as soon as we experience it, we finish.
  • after 4 beginnings, the beginnings and ‘resets’ will continue but we probably won’t be “doing” them at the same time.
  • How do you define what you are acknowledging?
  • a beginning is only such with an ending.

El Encuentro

Join us on Sunday September 28th at 4pm for our first performance,

Hyperlocal #1 – El Encuentro


some ideas on “el encuentro”

ir al encuentro de lo desconocidoto go out to face the unknown
a specific moment in time
different than the verb to encounter
a beginning and an end
something that brought change
two people   –  maybe more than two people
if our lives are a series of moments, I encounter this moment
I meet you here
the moment begins and ends and a new one begins
the intention in action to meet and the presence of mind  to do “what happens”
There was a milonga in Los Angeles I attended, called El Encuentro. People showed up, we danced. I like this kind of meeting.
Remedios Varo's "El Encuentro"

Remedios Varo’s “El Encuentro”