When the limits of the quarantine started dissolving and what was socially allowed was still blurry, the need of dancing and socializing with other bodies was latent and growing. We started meeting in parks and random streets to share small improvisation sessions. These meetings evolved from the idea of an improvisations jam we used to dance at before the lock down began. Now, the particularity of the pandemic situation demanded a new type of organization, a smaller group and the public space. Suddenly we, a small group of multidisciplinary artists began a research process. We started investigating the boundaries of the body in very different levels, for example the diverse possibilities breathe and text can be embodied, the abstraction of movement from meaning by relating it to the mere sound, the different ways in which we relate to a dynamic space delimited by the density of the bodies and there producing, the emersion of a living narrative by making compositional decisions or the challenging unification of multiple bodies we can achieve trough breathing spaces. The research is wide and open for everyone in the group to explore the areas of their personal interest, however one important focus was fundamental: all this research should be developed in public spaces. As a group, we started investigating different elements of the scene in different spots of the city, exposing our own intimate learning and creative process to the eyes of anyone who walked by. The reaction of the random spectators becoming a whole other area of exploration. Intriguing us for deeper research.
Pop-Up Dance Performance
[...] as we were all dancing in our own space limited by a chalk circle keeping the 1,5m distance between one another [...]
Meanwhile, our beloved colleague and friend, Lauren Pringle organized a small gathering, inspired in a performance Marcel Schoen aka @helgapelvis had done in the previous weeks, inviting many of our dance and performance community with the aim of bringing some joy and surprise to the streets. This was our first pop up performance called Social Dist#DANCE as we were all dancing in our own space limited by a chalk circle keeping the 1,5m distance between one another, dancing to very simple tasks and dressed up in a flamboyant way. We repeated this format with different styles in the following month and it was crazy to observe the change of the reaction as the quarantine effects started to dissolve, the bodies in the streets got normalized, the police response and our own fears towards "the allowed" manifested.
»Last week we got bored of our bodies being locked inside and being lucky enough to be in a place that allows us to step outside, we organized a 1.5m Social Dist#DANCE with some lovely soul containers in Berlin. Entertaining the barrio of Neukölln the response was beautiful. People stood on their balconies, peaked out of their cages, stopped by and enjoyed an 8-minute pop up performance at a distance. All artists are suffering immensely in this time and we wanted to shine an element of hope that we can claim the streets, create art and share love in the isolated ways that we can. We can’t detect a smile under a mask but we can always strike a pose to give one.«
– LAUREN PRINGLE