What could happen if we 'move', 'think' and 'do' amphibiously?
Boats and immigrants to Europe. Climate change and the melting of the arctic oceans. This artistic research project tests the limits of contemporary choreography and the power of contingency, in art based perceptions and projections of the future that address the significance of given and new knowledge of the sea.
Thresholds (aims and goals)
AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES is a journey-based research approach to choreography that inhabits littoral zones (where land and water meet), design fictioning and sociology. The aim for choreography is to not be an ‘island’, nor restricted to its own ‘pond’ of
legacies and dance performance centric views, nor contained in a specific route or ‘passage’ of
production or performance. Instead, the main goal is to artistically explore amphibious spaces via an extended choreography of related littorial, limbic and liminal conditions, environments and articulations.
The subsidiary aims are a) to explore the configurations of habitat,
inhabitation, migration and mobility through three intersecting thematics that address links
between place, agents and movement between the land and the sea, and b) to trace, track,
document and distribute the indeterminate, emergent and slippery trajectories garnered through
the project to make accessible these shifts between land and sea. (Here is a tidal pool in Kalk Bay, Cape Town, edged by a railroad.)
Three thematics will be investigated and developed through fieldwork in correlating
environments. These are: 1) ‘Island’: seasons, rhythms and im/migration. Oriented towards
adults from without to within (Europe), 2) ‘Pond’: A constructed environment in the natural
landscape. (Margins, memberships and immigrant populations, under represented societal
participants. May be conveyed/ oriented towards children from around Europe), and 3)
‘Passage’: Narratives concerning rites of passage; passage between island and pond. (Mapping,
platform for mobile collaborative narrative; participation on the move. Oriented towards
journeying across far north European seas).
These themes will
centre on following linked core questions:
1) How may a situated attention to the rhythms and tensions between continental and
oceanographic islands provide a model for the choreographic strategizing and production of the
2) Who, what and where is included and/or left out in the pond? Can other living beings be
considered as voluntary participants and have critical participative voices, including children?
3) What kinds of narrative expressions are produced by gaze and conversation, in
spatio-temporal experiences of moving through littoral landscapes? How might they be
documented, apportioned and projected into the future when connected to ‘passages’?
4) What is the hope, happiness and the trauma of the pond and the sea?
The intention behind these questions is to open out a number of means to experimenting with the concepts and practices of an extending choreography so as to orient them towards real life conditions of migration, zones of in/habitation and mobile speculative fictioning.
Documentation will be central to demonstrating how an extended choreography may be
realized, with inclusion of auto/ethnographic modes, contingency in describing the situatedness
of creative processes, research accounts and social media communication, and their linkages.Field trips, seminars, workshops, presentations and ad hoc events will open up a reflexive space
of matters of fact, fiction and concern. The final results will be presented through a performative event ‘Motion and Ocean’ on the Oslo fjord: three performance works – ‘Island’, ‘Pond’, ‘Passage’ – will be staged and three booklets launched, conveying the narratives and creative processes of the research in practice.