Duet While Solo

“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. 

Project Journal:

Patricia Mullaney
Brooklyn, New York 
Before
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.
After
It was ephemeral!
Before
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.
After
It’s fun to get out of my bubble but also part of me is just so sad you’re on a tiny screen. 

Katherine Moore
Mississippi
Before
Start with an object , still or slow , surfaces
Red shirt grey pants
After
Let’s do that on the regular. I needed that. 

Fenella Kennedy
Alabama 
Before
Dance like me, dancing like you, dancing like me, dancing like you
After
It was lovely to move with you
Before
Stay wrapped in a Blanket !

Yasmin Frione
Argentine 
Before
I think I will try to use everything that I have in my house, a lamp, instrument, clothes, chairs
I will use painting
After
Now I just want to dance with you for real.
I wanted to do it for longer.
Before
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.
After

Katharina Senzenberger
Austria 
Before
Slow with attention to each other
Using a Farsi Deutsch audio language lesson
After
I wanna continue! 

Jen Passios
Boston 
“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.”

Nadia Khayrallah
With Alia Jess on the Violin!
Washington DC
Before
Something playing with light/silhouette/shadows
After
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.