Curations

We Have This.

WE HAVE THIS

 

Instigated by Jesse Hewit

Oct 21st, 2013 – An Event of the 22nd Annual West Dance Festival

 

WE HAVE THIS was an investigation into how one-on-one encounters between artists might create a kind of sustainability: for the artists themselves, for the forms they are working in, and for the political and socio-economic situation of whacking away at our craft in a cultural economy that mostly wants to erase us. WE HAVE THIS featured five pairs of dance artists:

 

Amara Tabor Smith and Jose Navarette

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Kick, punch, drag, tase

don’t look at it | the scream is tearing me | Kick, punch, drag, tase | listen, I hear the buffalo, can you? | my heart starts beating fast | kick, punch, drag, tase | I see, I hear, it tears , it bulges | He is dragged off but still | and still we are twirking | in a blink of an eye its forgotten | kick, punch, drag, tase | lions tell history | how much my eyes can take | arm comes from outside the form | drop to the knees | mystery no more | like the journey of | a murdered soul | kick, punch, drag, tase | these marks we draw | go back and get it | capture the memory of those to choose not | I guess it will last after I leave. |

 


 

Sara Shelton Mann and Jesse Hewit

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Yes,

you can have that one ghost that sits on the edge of my bed on Thursdays.

 


 

Larry Arrington and Brontez Purnell

Brontez Purnell

I’m a burnout

Bhang Bhang Bhang Bhang Bhang Bhang
I’m a burnout
Bhang Bhang Bhang Bhang Bhang Bhang
You’re a burnout, too

 


 

Mica Sigourney and Keith Hennessy

Mica Sigourney and Keith Hennessy

Do you rent or own?

Do you rent or own? Have you ever met your spirit or animal guides? How precarious is your housing situation? How precious is your shamanic situation?  When was the last time you prayed or did magic? How will you deal with relocation? Are your parents still alive? When did they die? Have you ever had sex with a woman? Been arrested? Were you vegan? Will you fight for San Francisco? When was the last time you danced in a circle?

Do you like lasers? Are you allergic to smoke? Fog? Midnight?

How much is your rent? When you watch dance does your body disappear along with the chair or do you become more aware of them? Both? Neither?

 


 

Liz Tenuto and Monique Jenkinson

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Levity

Gravity*
Gravitas
Duende**

Yes manifest(o)

*Is my head really that heavy?
**Who is the woman I want to become? Am I the woman I want to become? Do I have to wait to be the woman I want to become?

 


 

West Wave Dance Festival WE HAVE THIS, Oct 21st 2013, ZSpace

131021 West Wave Dance Festival WE HAVE THIS 4 from Mark McBeth | Projects 2 on Vimeo.

 


 

/cover photo by Robbie Sweeny