Academic journal article TheatreForum

Performing PAUSE

Academic journal article TheatreForum

Performing PAUSE

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As a performer, I have been fortunate to work with Alicia Peterson Baskel and Wallpaper Performance Company since the inception of PAUSE (for world creation), a generative dance performance that reveals the internal workings of the piece and its artists. Now, with a second cast of performers and a second production created for the WoW Festival, we move closer to understanding the breadth and depth of this work. While each artist brings a different perspective to the work and each performance has translated into a new and different score, what makes the work accessible and satisfying for both the performers and audience members has remained true.

The work is both internal and external. I notice what is happening in my body as I move through time and space, tracking my intention at every given moment. At the same time, I track the other performers.

The work is both process and product. I notice what is happening in the moment, tend to it, and shape what emerges.

The work exists in an environment of inquiry. There are no answers, or at least, the answers are less interesting than the questions that the work and our movement provoke.

The work relies on the individual participants. I am a sensing body-aware of the influences around and within me and am informed by my lived experiences. I allow this internal intelligence and my history to inform each movement or word. …

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