Articulating Disorientation

Articulating Disorientation

Improvisation and exploration workshop, led by Jeremy Wade 

Articulating Disorientation systematically navigates “all available means” to surrender control of the physical, emotional and behavioral body whilst scanning, directing and deconstructing experience through the hyper-specificity of impulse/response. It is a practice of letting impulses, images, sensations and anatomic frames (real or not) move the body. The practice supports the dancer in finding their dance, according to their own bodies and on their own terms, no essentialism required.” – explains Jeremy Wade, the creator of the practice, and comes to Bulgaria to teach the first ever workshop on it. 

Jeremy Wade is an extreme performer and performance maker with an extensive practice of curating and teaching. After graduating from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam in 2000 and receiving a Bessie Award for his first evening length performance “Glory,” at Dance Theater Workshop in New York City in 2006, he moved to Berlin and since then works in close collaboration with the Hau Hebbel am Ufer Theater as well as Gessnerallee, Zurich.

Articulating Disorientation is a deconstructive approach to somatic forms like Ideokinesis, Skinner Releasing and Authentic Movement. “When I first entered the scene, late 90’s, New York Downtown Dance centered on the hyper-functionality of a body. Somatic practices were in vogue in order to create a fluid, released, pendulum-like swinging. And, in the end, it was very much about this middle-class white virtuosity with ease. Pleasant to look at, felt good to do, but it was framed as holistic and the worst part was its claim to efficiency and productivity. I was wary of the normative and “natural” formulations of these stories because essentialism has never been good for queers. I committed to an ecstatic grotesque, an emotional, behavioral and physical continuum, a refutation of wholeness and I called this practice Articulating Disorientation.” – elaborates on the invention and the development of his practice Wade and expects his students. 

Disruption, Excess, Hyper Vulnerability – Jeremy Wade’s works are disturbing and thought-provoking: they revolve around queer and feminist strategies of impossible repair, relational ethics of care, zombie subjectivity, the violence of social norms and the persistent cultivation of a difficult hope for the complicated now. This practice runs through the body and is always entailing an intense socio-political critique. 

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