danced process #2: in-site [work-in-progress]

in-site is a performance practice and choreographic-score.
Presented at Australian Dance Theatre's Rough Draft platform, 2014


Since moving from the UK to South Australia I spend a lot of my time in the bushland, immersed in its strangeness, experiencing a sense of displacement, dislocation, alienation. The practice of this score is something like a meditation, reflecting this restlessness and alienation. It is composed of three threads which can be selected in any order and improvised upon for any duration. There is formlessness, aimlessness and broken flow. There are pauses for thinking. The process aims to give pause for thought.

The three threads of the score are:

in-site: This thread draws on a mapping of the environment - its space, time, forms and dynamics - from the dual perspectives of one's presence in the site and of the embodied presence of the site in self.

un-settled: Reflecting how the landscape and ecology have been unsettled by the impact of settlers, this thread follows the in-site score, but at every impulse to move it pauses, then does the opposite.

in-limbo: Referring back to previous places and projects, recycling memories and choreographic materials which are incorporated into pauses in the breathing cycle of the in-site score, this thread aims to create airless pockets of the past which punctuate the present.


2019 Sue Hawksley