“Duet While Solo” is a digital-online performance that developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The performances took place on Instagram Live with another dancer friend, also in quarantine. The project included dancers from all across the USA (New York, DC, Boston, Alabama, Mississippi), Argentine, and Austria.
Brooklyn, New York
One near, one far (close up Vs. full body)
I’ve been curious about the play between the soft open parts of the body, versus the protective parts of the body.
It was ephemeral!
One person always has to have their back turned to the camera and the other person responds to what they are doing. As soon as one of us faces the camera, it’s the other’s turn.
It’s fun to get out of my bubble but also part of me is just so sad you’re on a tiny screen.
Start with an object , still or slow , surfaces
Red shirt grey pants
Let’s do that on the regular. I needed that.
Dance like me, dancing like you, dancing like me, dancing like you
It was lovely to move with you
Stay wrapped in a Blanket !
I think I will try to use everything that I have in my house, a lamp, instrument, clothes, chairs
I will use painting
Now I just want to dance with you for real.
I wanted to do it for longer.
I am asking my friends to share with me their texts written while in quarantine.
Let’s read in Spanish, Farsi, and English!
You read , I move , I read , you move , we both move while we say whatever we remember we read.
Slow with attention to each other
Using a Farsi Deutsch audio language lesson
I wanna continue!
“I’ve been thinking a lot about digital currency and how COVID-19 affects what performance is, what it looks like, and how it shows up online. Also, in alignment with the immediacy of improvisation and it’s behavior as a fleeting way of being, I would prefer a partial showing rather than the whole entity for social media purposes.”
With Alia Jess on the Violin!
Something playing with light/silhouette/shadows
Trying to watch the screen and do stuff is hard!
It’s distracting! But I like moments when we really see each other and interact through movement.