Project Description

Always Already

Karen Christopher & Tara Fatehi Irani

Always Already is a performance installation, with an embedded performance.

The project will have two forms: a one-hour stand alone performance event, and a durational performance installation lasting 6-8 hours with the option of embedding the one-hour performance within the installation in the penultimate hour.

Always Already is grounded in the accumulation of small actions, the accumulation of the performers’ work over the longer duration becoming increasingly evident. A single, small gesture seems insignificant but through its repetition and development the monumental is possible. Through the accumulation of small gestures mountains are moved, barriers are shifted, minds are changed. Where do patterns, differences, structures and connections emerge? These ideas relate to changes in nature, in humans and with technology — from computer code to activism, how and where is change possible?

The project explores the weaving together of plant, human and machine, including hybrids of human/plant and human/machine. A hundred lines make something functional, a structure. With the whole performance space as a loom, we work to create a 3- dimensional cloth, which suggests landscape as well as human tissue. This is not about the dance, it’s about the difficulty. The loom is a structure for improvisation, and a frame of reference, from the weaving of human interaction across historical, cultural and social frames to weaving technology as a model for the initial development of computers.

What does a dance of great difficulty mean? It is cooperation made visible, a legacy of exertion and diligence proving we came back to it many times over time and revisiting made us know it better, know it differently, think through it, think with it.

Always Already uses material, text, sound and movement. The hands take position with buttons, pedals, chords, knobs, the legs a rhythm in the bones. The brain follows sentences from different mother tongues. Translation is to point, to focus, to take nothing for granted. I understand myself more when you understand me.

Always Already is supported by Dance4 (Nottingham, UK).

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Performance History 

Always Already will be completed in 2021: residency / commission support is needed for its final development. Always Already is available for presentation in 2021-22.