BY DAVID BOLGER & CHRISTOPHER ASH
“Strictly meets poststructuralist linguistics…” We were delighted to return to Dance Base for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019 with a new evolution of this multi-layered exploration of non-verbal communication. Each day saw a spontaneous performance created in real-time from live interviews, photography, video projection, music and choreography.
“… It shifts in the mind:
A strange gameshow with social media stars;
a high-tech new media gym;
a 24 hour news channel broadcast with the sound turned down;
a dream where all the characters are you… Strictly meets poststructuralist linguistics…” – CIRCA Art Magazine | Susan Thomson
“Blurring the lines between dancing and body language, it created both a fascinating exhibition and memorable performances.” – Irish Times | Michael Seaver
“Body Language is beautiful – like stepping inside a photo album. To experience it is to float on the surface of the ocean – safe, supported by the brine and blue.” – Miro Magazine | Josephine Balfour
“Body Language offers a tantalising glimpse into a stranger’s inner life” – Evening Standard
Is it possible to choreograph a work based entirely on body language, being true to the spontaneous nature of our physical behaviour? For Body Language, CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, David Bolger set himself a task with this question.
“It is said that over 65% of all our communication is non-verbal, made up of our gestures, posture, how we sound, how we look. As a choreographer I am naturally inquisitive about body language. The tells and clues that are sent out from our limbic system (the emotional brain) are unplanned, natural, honest. They make up our everyday kinetic conversations, which are naturally organised but not pre-planned. Choreography is dance-writing. A choreographer is someone who organises and designs sequences of movement patterns and creates choreography by writing with the body. Dancing is body language and body language is dancing.” -David Bolger
BODY LANGUAGE has been developed with the support of