The Sense of a Performance Is The Exchange Between Performers and Audience

Pol Pi: “ECCE (H)OMMO”

What has drawn your interest to Dore Hoyer’s emblematic piece “Afectos Humanos” ?

I first saw Dore Hoyer’s “Afectos Humanos” cycle during a class on Tanztheater at the University of São Paulo. That was in 2011. I was strongly appealed by the video of her dances and felt that someday I would really like to dance them. It was not rational at all, something really moved me when I saw the video of her dances. So the whole process of learning these dances that I would go through 2 years later, ended up being an attempt to try to answer this question of why I was so drawn into the “Afectos Humanos”. But it is still a question that remains open to me and to which I’m not eager to have a definitive answer.

The aim of Dore Hoyer was more or less to find a universal body language for inner emotions. How do you see the possibility of conveying or sharing deep emotional experiences on the stage?

Yes, in the case of the “Afectos Humanos” cycle, I think she was really searching for universal gestures as the dances aim to express human emotions. This is why she also searched for a genderless body, hiding her hair and not searching for feminine or masculine movements. I personally think a show is always an event where many things are shared between performers and audience, that’s even the sense of it as I see it, this exchange of energies, emotions, thoughts, sensations… Dancing Hoyers’ soli is always a very strong experience. They were created more than 50 years ago, but they still can have a very powerful impact on contemporary audiences.

An excerpt from an interview with Pol Pi for Magazine for Dance, 1/2019. Questions asked by Galina Borissova.