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dramaturgy and idiot-syncrasy

What doesn’t play a role shouldn’t exist. What necessity requires does not need to exist. That’s what you call dramaturgy. Logic, morals or meaning don’t have anything to do with it. It’s all a question of relationality.

– Haruki Murakami. 2006. Kafka on the Shore. London: Vintage, p.309

Nearly two years ago, Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas approached me to be involved in their new project (which had the working title of Idiot-syncrasy).

My role was to be a funny mixture of things: videoing materials, asking questions of what they were doing, and generally being the person who was all care and no responsibility.

It was clear to me, however, that I needed to find a way to support Igor and Moreno make the work they wanted to make – to ask difficult questions of their interests, their practice(s), and the various choreographic images and structures they were developing. In many respects, this involved questioning ideas of necessity. That is, given what they hoped to achieve with the project, what was needed for the work, and what was not?

This week is the London première of Idiot-syncrasy at The Place. It’s a remarkable work and this, I suspect, has to do with Igor and Moreno’s commitment to their ideas and their dancing more than any other thing.

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