|WRITINGS ON WATER
Carolyn Carlson Interview transcript (I)
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This project started with the collaboration of the Teatro La Fenice and La Biennale di Venezia. We had a big experience in the eighties here; I created a company in my four years here with very young Italian dancers. They are all consequently now choreographers and great teachers and video artists. So the Fenice asked if I would do a memory of these years in collaboration with the Biennale. So I was thinking of this idea of memory
and then who are we in the memory of the Universe, in Cosmos? I mean what is our connection in this
who were we before we were born? I am very much
attracted to these mystic states that I have often
because I feel like I am from somewhere else
I think this is not unique; I think we all have these mystic experiences. There is somewhere a memory that we come from somewhere else and we are something else other than this Earth memory, this cultural environment we live in
For the choice of the music immediately I said Gavin Bryars is the composer to support this idea. Its interesting you dont know where [his] music comes from and where its going, its one constant flow
This is the third time I work with Gavin but first time live music, which has been an extraordinary experience
because usually in the contemporary world you dont have possibility of performing with live music, its usually on tape. Gavin has I think there are eleven Italian musicians
and thats what makes this piece special also because everything is transparent: the music is there at the moment, the dance is at the moment, you see it now and everything disappears.
Carolyn Carlson Interview transcript (II)
Master Time Code 00:47:19 00:48:11
I had a wonderful Zen teacher when I was in New-York and the test was: you do a gesture in the space
and he says: no I dont see, it did not stay, do it again. So we would do this for hours, and the precision of absolutely stuck
getting this gesture in space till you knew you stepped back and gesture was still there
I dont know how long
But its a very nice way of also perceiving life
so when one says something or does something you known it might stay
so you better be careful!
Its what I call being a spiritual warrior
This is what I teach when I talk to dancers: you are like spiritual warriors, you do a gesture in space, the gesture lasts forever, so you have to do it as if forever.