Over the course of three hours, 7 pairs of partcipants take turns learning and teaching a short dance. The performance is continuously built by each participant’s succeeding attempt to reperform a movement phrase and the repetition of task reveals the particularities of each participant's embodiment of the sequence. The dancers are both the subjects and objects of the performance; they simultaneously author and enact the movement. Their continuous reperformance produces a visible history, an index of concurrent similarity and transformation.
“I call it the Mimetic Faculty, the nature that culture uses to create second nature, the faculty to copy, imitate, make models, explore difference, yield into and become other.”
– Michael Taussig, Mimesis and Alterity
“Any one doing something and standing is one doing something and standing. Any one doing something and standing is one who is standing and doing something. Some one was doing something and was standing. That one was doing something standing.” - Gertrude Stein