the mapping games (part 1) 

the mapping games (part 1) - 2014

homing / navigating Absence

Homing / Navigating Absence, is a collaboration between artistic director / choreographer Yolande Snaith and dancers Alison Dietterle Smith, Sadie Weinberg and Heather Glabe, sound designer Splash Yang and Lighting designer Gwikyoung Ko. Presented as part of the UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance’s Dance Series, and at the Encitias Library in May 2014.

Through an accumulative practice over time, this investigative work seeks to explore the merge between embodied maps of personal territories, presence and absence of others in our living spaces and the open fields of shared, impersonal arenas. 

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Homing plays imaginatively with corporeally mapped scores of the familiar and mundane elements of our living spaces, whilst calling upon our lived, emotional history and experience, animating what the body remembers instant by instant. Pathways sculpted around the architectures, forms and details of familiar rooms are sketched, etched, traced, reanimated, articulated, fragmented and eroded within a field of multiple possibilities, where the dancers negotiate their journeys, crossing, colliding, intercepting, and fusing with each other in an intricate web of transient spaces and places.

Navigating absence offers a deeper layer of emotional resonance, where the dancers map their memory of other bodies, evoking interactions with missing partners, creating dances where 'otherness' and absence play a major role. 

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© yolande snaith 2013