Importantly, this research began prior to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic but was still in full swing when the outbreak hit its peak in Europe. This was a time during which people were encouraged to practice social distancing, keeping at least 2 meters distance to each other. Due to the unforeseen pandemic, I had to adapt and change my research process, output, and practical work. More than ever, I felt that the topic I had chosen was of importance, but was witnessing a fully altered relationship to touch and closer proximities. Moreover, most people were no longer able to experience much physical contact or had to stay away from their closest friends and family members.
On a more practical level, the pandemic also heavily impacted my research, as I could no longer meet my performers and even less touch each other during rehearsals or the performance. In retrospective, these challenging circumstances add a valuable perspective to the work, practically, however, I had to adapt and change my existing research quite suddenly. Therefore, on this website, I will distinguish between two phases of the project:
Phase 1 looks at my practical research and performance prior to the pandemic and determines the effects of touch and closer proximities in a performance on audience members and performers.
Below you can watch the trailer of "Memories of Skin", which was taken during the Sharing of my work in March 2020, one day before the lockdown. The dancers were still able to touch..
Performed at the Creekside Studio at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Choreography:Greta Gauhe in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers on the day: Hannah Adams, Flavien Cornilleau, Greta Gauhe
Dancers in rehearsals: Hannah Adams, Flavien Cornilleau, Marta Stepien
Composer: Andy Trewren
Tutors: Eva Recacha, Florence Peake, Tony Thatcher
Camera: Svenja Bühl
In the following part I will describe some of the tasks we worked with during phase 1 and look at sources of inspiration for this work: