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I will post more thoughts comparing translation in language and dance in a later post, but I want to talk briefly about the notion of “hypertranslation” in relation to attempting to learn “the language” of another dancer. A classmate of mine mentioned “hypertranslation” as a way I might be able to draw out more of how Quilan and I differ as movers. (You can see an earlier post about this subject here.) I found that French philosopher Alain Badiou did a hypertranslation of Plato’s Republic in 2013, designed not to be faithful to the original, but to open it up. In the introduction to Badiou’s version, Kenneth Reinhard writes,

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What came to mind as I re-watched my improvisation with Quilan and listened to our conversation is interpellation, Louis Althusser’s explanation of how individuals become subjects through recognition by another. In Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses, Althusser writes that …ideology ‘acts’ or ‘functions’ in such a way that it ‘recruits’ subjects among the individuals (it recruits them all), or […]

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When Quilan and I met for our first rehearsal, I wasn’t sure exactly how much information to give him about my project. I told him we’d be making a duet, and that I was interested in how our training impacts the way we make movement and improvise.

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend a rehearsal for the theater is a blank page, Anne Bogart/SITI Company’s and Ann Hamilton’s new collaborative work. My friend Darron L West is SITI Company’s sound designer, and he and I worked together when I danced for Liz Lerman prior to grad school. He invited me to attend […]

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Note: As part of my final project for Bodies on the Line, a graduate seminar taught by Dr. Harmony Bench in the Department of Dance at OSU, I’m documenting the process of creating a series of duets that address repetition, interchangeability, translation as commentary, and the body as an archive. You can view all of the blogs in this […]

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This afternoon, I worked with OSU Dance BFA students Emily Gaffga, Ca’la Henderson, Maddie Mazzola, Charlotte Stickles, and Erin Yen to try out some ideas for a choreographic residency I have next week with The Collective in Baltimore. We worked for 90 minutes and ended up with a five minute dance. I didn’t really have […]

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Note: As part of my final project for Bodies on the Line, a graduate seminar taught by Dr. Harmony Bench in the Department of Dance at OSU, I’m documenting the process of creating a series of duets that address repetition, interchangeability, translation as commentary, and the body as an archive. You can view all of the blogs in this […]

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