The session is an event in a rehearsal room, with performers occupying the periphery of the chamber, and the audience freely entering and exiting the space. The resulting arrangement produces a spatial collage, composed of movement, reading, moving-image projections, and live sound performance.
Dancers maneuver around the perimeter of the room – jointly or in separation, occasionally coming into contact with each other, acknowledging each other’s trajectories. Alternation and assimilation of murmurs, melodies and speeches are assembled by combining live sound waves. Projection brings different imageries of the representation of otherness.
The movement, imagery, sound and their interconnections are recalling the story Mondo, by J.M.G Le Clézio, that speaks about the experience of the immigrant boy that travels alone and his encounters with dwellers and institutions of the coastal town that he temporarily inhabits. His perception of the city is specific: he’s visiting parts unloved by the locals, moving slowly, paying attention to the margins, observing the rhythm of the shadows, smoke, waves, and the citizens. His way of living fits the image of “the unwanted” among the city institutions which brings him additional trouble.His walks, encounters, and observations resonate in the created environment of The session, focusing the viewer’s attention on the importance of minding others – human bodies that move in the same plane and actively listening to their presence.
Alongside numerous relevant efforts to show social injustice that makes immigrants leave their countries, The session deals with the idea of the complex lives of these individuals that exist underneath the common stereotype: immigrants equal problems.
The session is made in collaborations with performing artists: Eva Kocić and Gendis Putri and sound artist Hrvoslava Brkušić. It was performed as a part of Open studio organized by WHW Akademija at David Maljković studio in Zagreb in 2019.
Photo credits: Matija Kralj