KnowingUnknowing is an improvised dance and music performance in triptych form. Inspired by texts by Samuel Beckett and Ted Hughes, the project explores the liminal spaces between the body and the space it occupies, between the conscious and the unconscious, between movement and stillness, sound and silence, sight and gesture. Through improvised music that responds to movement, through improvised movement that emerges from sound, KnowingUnknowing asks questions about our relationship to ourselves, others and the spaces we occupy. And because it unfolds in the very moment of conception, the work inquires how our lived experiences can be recognised, explored and perhaps validated through sounds and gestures both vulnerable and searching.
What am I? Nosing here, turning leaves over
Following a faint stain on the air to the river’s edge
I enter water. Who am I to split
The glassy grain of water looking upward I see the bed
Of the river above me upside down very clear
What am I doing here in mid-air?..
WodWo - Ted Hughes (1967)
to and fro in shadow from inner to
from impenetrable self to impene-
trable unself by way of neither
as between two lit refuges whose
doors once neared gently close, once
turned away from gently part again...
Neither - Samuel Beckett (1962)
KnowingUnknowing I I for improvised camera 2016 | photo | Pete Gomes