Desert Walker. The other side of ‘O’ is an experimental geography and a choreo-topographic workshop/performance event. It took place on July 2010, 3km beyond the village of Akhalkalaki, Georgia.
Touch the tip of one index finger to the other. Do the same with your thumbs. With these fingertips connected, open the space between them,Deborah Hay, 1998
to form an O. Now separate your hands. What remains is the other side of O. This absence of boundary is the choreographed site for The Other Side of O.
This project seeks to commemorate a landscape of forgotten or obscure events . It takes the choreographic score of “Quad” (1981), Samuel Beckett’s experimental TV drama for four silent walkers, off the screen and places it in real space.
Exactly what is to be commemorated is decided through group discussions during the process of learning and performing the score. The participants are artists and cultural workers from Georgia and France.
In preparing the site we look to the north, south, east and west, and above and below us searching for the visible and hidden networks and infrastructures that control movement; that make up a site that is already choreographed – even before one has arrived. We discuss what narratives of space and place occur when imposing an alien choreography on top of an existing one. The chosen site is a mysterious cement platform deep in the countryside of the Kaspi region. Close to the site lies the remains of a zeolite factory from the Soviet period. Perhaps the two were once connected but nobody we met could remember. 1500 migrant workers from Mongolia ran the factory, leaving as quickly as they arrived when Georgia gained its independence in 1991.
The group concluded that we had commemorated transformation and change. The cyclic walking pattern was described as an expression of the four cycles of recovery following a systems breakdown; (i) severe suffering, (ii) pipe dreams/ illusions of freedom, (iii) depression; redefinition and reconstruction, and (iv) stability; a new system that lasts indefinitely, until it breaks down and the cycle starts again.
Georgia is currently in the 3rd phase. The platform was described as both a place for celebration and a Pandora’s box.
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Jay Japaridze, Katie Bochoidze, Insa Nino, Shoko Chachua, Ira Lomsadze, Teiko Mgaloblishvili, Anna Bourdichon, Damien Coco, David Nemirovich Gabunia, Denis Gonobolin and Lasha Samadalashvili.
Co-produced with Fest i Nova and The Foundation for Revival and Development of Cultural Heritage of Shida Kartli, Georgia
Click & Drag: Rotate the view.
Right Click & Drag: Pan the view.