J (()) Y / Portland PWNW | June 1 – 2, 2018
J (()) Y is a dance of trans-embodiment territories where the body connects with forces, embodies space, composes and arrives at momentary destinations of aesthetic pleasure.
Her dance history in American, European and African dance is reconfigured into genre-bending assemblages fueled by forces, new and ancient body circuitry, her body of work on instant composition, space, sound, other dimensions and the audience. She complements her live performance with video art and live sound by guest artist and collaborator of 13 years, musician/composer Paul Sprawl.
The videos feature Whittle collaborating in “found installations” she finds in her travels. The spaces appeal to her visually, symbolically or as a lab for experimentation and play. The documented public sessions are crafted into video art to emphasize the art of imposing new potentials in unlikely spaces and to inspire aesthetic rituals, anywhere. She brings these found spaces into the performative space. The audience can be in the ritual of expanding presence to fill a giant, retro, yellow gym or trip into a strange corner for a humorous impromptu dance to heavy metal (that happens to be on the radio) followed by a composition with objects found in that particular space, serving as research on materiality in dance. Both occupying spaces and then showing video art made from the footage is two step culture-jamming in protest to formulaic colonization of bodies, hearts, minds and imaginations. Then you add the performance on top of that.
Past J (())) Y engagements:
J (()) Y / Detroit |Light Box, Sept 16, 2017,
Project Space, Counterpulse, SF residency showing | Dec 11, 2017 5-7
We Weather // a solo performance about the connection between body, economies and our weather / Performed at Dinamiche Scomposte Festival, Italy
Displacement Activity // a ballet dancer opens up her lexicon to forces of new corporeal assemblage, dis-assemblage and the in-between. Performed at Montreal / Twin Cities Choreographic exchange