The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight is a social sculpture—a sensory journey, for two performers and audience. Dancing, singing, telling stories and asking questions, leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis, combine performance, original music, and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.
In collaboration with noted author and philosopher of perception Dr. Alva Noë, video artist Yoann Trellu, composer Matthias Herrmann, and dramaturge Luke Pell, they perform an evening-length duet that excavates their own ways of seeing each other—as a man and a woman of different ages, bodies and backgrounds. In 2005 Curtis was the choreographer who first introduced Cunningham to movement, leading to her career as a choreographer in her own right. Now a decade later they return to work together to co-create The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight.
How do we look at each other? How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our physicality’s shape how we perceive the world around us? How much can we affect the way we see others? Can we learn to see across lines of difference in new ways?
"We are not just here to be entertained, there is an exchange... The self-referential commenting, the sly nod and wink, the exhibitionism, the carefully negotiated games of power..." Catharine Caraker, A Beast in the Jungle
"Here is where we start to get a glimpse of how philosophy and choreography really do work together... [helping] us make sense of the world and 'reorganize' our understanding of the world to imagine other possible ways of being and understanding." Andy Horwitz, Culturebot
The Way You Look (at me) Tonight is made possible with the support from: Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012, co-commissioned by Tramway Glasgow and supported by The Place London, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and British Council The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, California Arts Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Fonds Darstellende Künste, Kofinanzierungsfonds des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin - Senatskanzlei | Kulturelle Angelegenheiten