Dancers in the House


I attended a contemporary dance performance held in a house! This was homeLA // El Sereno, hosted by Summercamps’s ProjectProject. My reservation was made and I drove up a steep hill to find the two-story house. I was given a button. I was part of the red group. The event began outside. Down the hill Sarah Leddy performed with dance and voice; no music. Inside we removed our shoes and the red group waited to be called upstairs. In the guest room next to us was a bird interacting with photographs of birds as she stood in a circle of feathers. The birdcage door was open. I felt like Selen Ernanav was looking straight at me. But I learned that dancers go into a zone and are aware of my nearby presence and yet not.



My group went upstairs to discover jailbirds dancing in a bedroom, MASS which was three dancers moving like a caterpillar, Encouragement Dances in the kitchen, a video on several surfaces in the bathroom of dancers performing in an industrial space, and a dance on the balcony. Attending these performances I was either close to others as audience, experiencing the space alone, or sometimes almost stepping on the dancers.

HANDs/DETOUR occurred on the balcony using the windows as a divider as Cydney Watson and Alfonso Cervera danced. They began with all you could see was their hands. Then their bodies emerge and they danced without music. Crystal Sepulveda was the Detour dancing to the music of a baby’s toy inside the space with the crowd.


What I have observed about dancers is that silence, no movement, and presence in a space is just as important as the movement. In some of the performances the dancers were still for a long time before moving. Sometimes they move together and other times apart. I want to bring the silences into my poetry. I want to pay attention to how poetry is read in different spaces and to use the space, the silence. Then speak words that interact or move away from each other while bringing the audience into the dance.


~ by fiberverse on March 11, 2014.

2 Responses to “Dancers in the House”

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