TOUCH by Emilie Gregersen is a choreographic work navigating through touch and its sensuous distortions. In the quivering between the heartfelt and the mechanical, an absurdity and ironic drama arises where human perceptions of touch are being distorted in a metallic universe. TOUCH is created in collaboration with sound artist, Karis Zidore and dramaturge/choreographic consultant Naya Moll.
“In a world that is so dominated by the sense of vision, I find it necessary to talk about the sense of touch. Touching is what engages me in the physical world, it anchors my body to the ground and brings me closer to what is not me. Through touch I am massaging the line between what is considered my inside world and what is considered my outside world. As I touch, I’m also being touched. Touch is the encounter between surfaces, between being and the world, between beings and beings. Therefore, I find it necessary to insist on touch as a practice of empathy, as something deeply relevant to our perception of being with the world, especially in a time where our existence is moving accumulatively from the physical world and into the digital.” – Emilie Gregersen
Open presentation at IAC: Friday, 14 February, at 16.00, Black Room (duration: ca. 45 min)
Premiere: 26th of February at Bådteatret, Copenhagen
Supported by: Statens Kunstfond, Augustinus Fonden, William Demant Fonden, Københavns Scenekunstudvalg, Tanzwerkstatt Europa “Who’s Next? – Open Stage” scholarship and Åbent Laboratorium at Aaben Dans Roskilde.
Photo: Palle Schultz