about the project: Corpus – Can We Just Dance?

Corpus – Can We Just Dance? is a series of three intimate duets, between myself and artists from different backgrounds: dance, videography and music. The project explores how personal intimacy becomes creative intimacy and translates specifically into dance-making through “queer as process.” My research methods include improvisation as well as set choreography for material generation. Each duet focuses on the intimate creativity between the two artists where the compositional structure of the choreographic piece emerges through the corresponding creative intimacy. The project aims to respect each artist’s craft and cultivate a collaborative atmosphere to provide cross-disciplinary communication, where interpersonal connection can serve the professional artistry.

about creative intimacy: queer as process

Creative intimacy, for me, is when personal intimacy manifests in the art making process. Having significant and unique connections with these three artists, I was intrigued to find out how our emotional closeness could be integrated into our collaborative practice and become the main source of our art piece.

Intimacy can appear in many forms; in becoming intimate with another person, one encounters moments of attraction, friction and curiosity. I was drawn to each person for the space they offered. I stuttered where the space was unknown, and I was eager to discover.

Attraction, friction and curiosity. These three elements create the baseline for creative intimacy and demand the process to be “queered” in some way. Departing from the expected art-making pathway where the end product is pre-determined around disciplinary expectations, I prioritize the collaborative experience and the co-existence within each other’s craft. The queer approach in making allows the artists and I to cultivate aesthetic principles that correspond to our connection. The end product does not dominate the process, rather arrives at the moment when it is ready to manifest.

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