The Symmetry Project
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Si notre corps magnifie la vie et ses possibilités infinies, il proclame en même temps et avec la même intensité, notre mort future et notre finitude essentielle.
(If our body magnifies life and its infinite possibilities, it proclaims at the the same time, and with the same intensity, our future death and our essential finiteness.) Philospher Michel Bernard
As bodies in performance, either the everyday performance of social interactions or performance on a stage, we are part of this discourse on the body, dealing with its strength and its vulnerability, we approach the same metaphysical issue.
The Symmetry Project is a journey through perception. Two naked bodies interact through a highly structured improvisational score, constricted in a specific physical habit; that of moving symmetrically, relative to themselves or to each other. In this space of temporary “habitus”, the two bodies are constantly tuning, reformulating the perception of the self and of the other. In the sharing of a central axis, spine, mouth, genitals, face, and anus reveal their interconnectedness and centrality in embodied experience. Limbs entangle and intertwine creating an inter-corporeal kaleidoscope of flesh. A kind of uber-intimacy develops, going far beyond sexuality into a kind of communal biology, a symbiotic sensory field. Blending, merging, and then again differentiating, the two become “unfinished entities” – as Bourdieau and Foucault refer to the body - improvising new habits, “perceiving the possible”. Exploring and manipulating our perception, they reveal the body’s awkwardness, it’s monstrosity, its potential failure and finiteness, they create space for the possibility of the unknown, the wondrous, the ecstatic, the infinite.
Jess Curtis/Gravity is currently in the process of developing The Symmetry Project, a new movement-based performance/installation/media project by performer/collaborators, Jess Curtis and Maria Francesca Scaroni investigating and embodying symmetrical (homologous) movement practice in a series of highly structured improvisational scores and choreographed movement sequences.
In this process Scaroni and Curtis force the dislocation of their physically based work, from a traditional theatrical context, into both gallery and public space contexts, thereby re-framing the work and affording viewers the possibility to see the body, and its metaphorical possibilities through different filters, with different types of attention expectation and association.
Collaborating with composer/contrabassist Klaus Janek, video artist Regina Teichs, installation artist Ricarda Mieth and photographer Sven Hagolani in a variety of presentational contexts, including photo and video media, “live art” performance installations in galleries, internet, public sites and performance in theatrical contexts, Curtis and Scaroni will investigate homologous movement as a lens whose distortion, and or focus, will yield insight into a variety of physical, aesthetic, social, and ethical realities.