In the antique drama, the choir was a group of voices mediating a story which wasn’t theirs. Today, the voice of one’s own is not only a question of getting access to a public discussion, but also a neo-liberal construction of a public debate consisting only of monologues. There is not only one voice, not only one body.
Choreomania is a set of choreographed, multi-sensoral interventions, challenging the monologist logics of society. The programme takes its starting point in the 500 year memorial of the Dancing Plague of Strasbourg, when a group of dancing people bursted out into the public sphere of the city.
In the dancing plague, one being’s loss of control over her body spread over society, forming it to an ambulating chaos – just like a rave. The diagnose of the ”plague”, refer to the time’s pandemic sicknesses of other kinds.
It was early July 1518 and hundreds of lower working class citizen filled both streets and squares with non-synchronized movements. At the time, dancing was not much about moving, but rather about standing still, forming different poses, like letters in a text. The dancers in Strasbourg formed a non-readable mass, interlinking the individual and the group: difference in between the two was unnecessary. Some of them danced until they died, but yet they didn’t stop dancing. It went on for weeks.
In Choreomania invited artists work through their understanding of the manic choir of today. What does it mean to assemble a group of bodies, to disrupt sensations, or to generate a dissonant sound? This is the outburst.
Gabo & Luis Camnitzer
Afrang Nordlöf Malekian
Choreomania: artist talks
Klara Uke Acs