Togetherish (2014) addressed the question of how to collectively build a dance out of a self-determined practice, driven by each of the performers, to create a shared group environment, experience, and landscape. The process and performance highlights the tension between external direction (me) and the solo practice content, which triumphs openness, responsiveness of the performer, agency, and crafting through self-management. The question arises of not only what content and frame do we make and present through our own social choreographies, but where does the score break? Where do the performers slip past or through established understandings to honor their self-driven experience and when is self-driven experience focused primarily on group identity (here, equaling the surface or form or feeling of the dance)? These questions are social and psychological but have formal implications. In regards to Togetherish, they have to do with embodiment and the significance of moving, dancing, being, and performing being in a group and how that bumps up against and constructs form.
Concept and direction Meg Foley Performance Eun Jung Choi, Drew Kaiser, Jung-eun Kim, aka j.e. Kim, Annie Wilson, and Christina Zani Sound design Meg Foley and performers in collaboration Costumes Meg Foley Run time 60 minutes video excerpt of quartet performance at Icebox Project Space here.
Original development support provided by a residency at Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts.