Departures and Arrivals



Residency Veli Lehtovaara
2015/03/31 › 2015/04/18

Residency for the new project B. PROJECT: A LOVER’S D. – FRAGMENT, coproduced by Zodiak

Since the beginning of 2013, I’ve been reading Roland Barthes' book A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (Fragments d’un discours amoureux, 1977). Back and forth, jumping and chronologically, in different languages. Then I read The Pleasure of the text and it confirmed my desire to negotiate with Barthes' texts on stage. Proffering time, space and a living body, absent or present, for what is merely signs on paper. Reading his text with an ear of a lover and a dancer.

Since December 2013, I and a group of performing artists have been researching a way to write choreography, music and text and to create a performance that considers spectator-performer relation as a love relation. From this unstable position I wish to inhabit the figures of a lover’s discourse, which Barthes articulated in his text. To write a dance, a song, a letter to be performed or exhibited for an audience, that has gathered in same place and time – to recreate a site of affirmation, on stage.

"How does the notion of time, body, gender and sexuality comes to prominence when the media is not a book, read privately, silently and in different times, but a live performance, a group of people gathering in a theater? How need and desire is being constructed and conducted in this particular situation of being together? What are the choreographic figures of a lover's dance?"
The creation will take place in 2015.